• OGWRI Newsletter


    OGWRI  is now releasing a semi-annual newsletter to keep the industry informed on all research activities.

    Visit their website for a full list of ongoing projects and reports.  


  • Localgrapes.ca

    Meet the Folks Behind the Grapes

    Our local grape growers pursue the fruits

    of their labour in an entirely literal fashion


  • Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP)

    MVIP provides Ontario's grape growers with 35% cost-share funding to help with the cost of improvements to their production of wine grapes. The 2015 intake opened May 19, 2015 and is now closed. Due to a strong demand for the available funds, the joint Government-Industry Steering Committee has decided that the program will not open a second intake for year 2.


  • 2015-16 Grape King

    Jamie Slingerland
    Director of Viticulture, Pillitteri Estate Winery

    The Slingerland family have been farming in Niagara-on-the-Lake since 1783. Jamie has been selected as 2015 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 


  • Grape Growers of Ontario Welcome You to WineONtour.ca

    Map your route to Ontario wineries with Grape Growers of Ontario's wineONtour.ca.  Customize your tour by winery name, location, wine style or varietal.


Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

May 10, 2016

A co-ordinated review of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan began in February 2015 by an Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie. The panel completed its work and provided its recommendations in December 2015: Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041 [PDF 25MB].  The Government of Ontario has reviewed and considered all feedback received from stakeholders, the public, Indigenous communities and the Advisory Panel’s recommendations. The government is now proposing changes to the four plans. In addition to seeking feedback on these proposed changes, the province is also undertaking the following actions in response to the Advisory Panel recommendations and what was heard in the consultations of spring 2015:

  • Considering possible expansion of the Greenbelt outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area where important water resources are under pressure from urban growth
  • Obtaining detailed technical information from municipalities, conservation authorities and landowners in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to determine if further refinements to the Greenbelt are required. This will also help us determine impacts on specific properties.
  • Supporting implementation through guidance documents and the mapping of natural heritage and agricultural systems outside the Greenbelt.

Proposed changes to the plans

Management of mealybug in vineyards

A new post on ONfruit provides information on the biology and management of mealybug in vineyards. Read more of this post at https://onfruit.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/management-of-mealybug-in-vineyards/

AGCO Highlights of Recent Amendments to Regulations under the Liquor Licence Act

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to announce that following extensive stakeholder consultations, the Government has made a series of regulatory changes affecting the beverage alcohol industry. The regulations have been established under the Liquor Licence Act and impact a number of AGCO licensees, including beverage alcohol manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, ferment-on-premise operators, liquor delivery services, liquor sales licensees, and special occasion permit holders. The regulatory changes come into effect, July 1, 2016.

 Please follow this link to learn about the details of these reforms.

Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference

Exciting opportunity to "recharge your battery" with women from across the province working in agriculture and related industries.
Listen, Learn, Network and Grow Life skills for Leadership

Advancing Women East 2016 including Registration

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Sponsorship Opportunities

May 2016 VQA Ontario News & Tips

Included in the May 2016 VQA Newsletter is:

  • Keeping Your VQA Information Current
  • Supporting 15 Years of Ontario Wine Industry Growth
  • VQA Certification: A 3-Step Process
  • Field Trip to the VQAO Tasting Panel
  • Exciting Research Opportunity
  • Why VQA? 4 Great Reasons
  • Tips for the Month

Ontario Wine Awards

Celebrating the 22nd Annual Ontario Wine Awards. 

iYellow, Tony Aspler, George Brown College, and The Ontario Wine Awards presents Winetario, a celebration of amazing VQA wines including many award winners.

 EARLYBIRD TICKETS now available
Location: George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts
When: Thursday, June 16, 2016
What Time: 6:00 PM

Homegrown Country Music Festival

May 5, 2016 | Niagara Grape and Wine Festival



   The New Vintage Festival is getting bigger!


In addition to the Tailgate Party on Saturday, June 18th and Discovery Pass experiences, the inaugural Homegrown Country Music Festival will celebrate local talent and Niagara's agricultural abundance on Sunday, June 19th from noon until 7:00.  Mark your calendars now for a fun-filled Father's Day weekend.

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Sip & Sizzle at Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries

You’ve never seen a backyard barbeque quite like this.


Fine wine and gourmet grilling – at this time of year, there’s just nothing better.

Join us for a sun-soaked food and wine tasting at over 20 of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s finest wineries.

Every weekend in May from 11 am – 5 pm
For $45 (plus HST) , your touring pass will give you: 
•  Access to over 20 wineries
•  Delicious wine and grilled food pairings at each location
•  Some fun with friends out in the sun

A Designated Driver Pass is also available for $25 (plus HST), and includes non-alcoholic beverages and food pairings at each winery.

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Canadian Grapes to Wine Subscription

May 4, 2016 | Canadian Grapes to Wine

Canadian Grapes To Wine would like to offer GGO members complimentary subscriptions to their magazine. Please email the editor@cdngrapees2wine.com with your address and you will receive 4 issues, quarterly per year.

Canada’s most widely read business to business Wine Industry publication .

Ontario Investing $2.25 Million in World-Class VQA Wines

May 2, 2016 2:15 P.M. | Government of Ontario

Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs was onhand to announce that Ontario is investing $2.25 million to help boost sales of Ontario's world-class Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines and expand tourism opportunities for the province's wine regions.

The province is launching the annual 2016 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide to encourage tourists from across Ontario to experience and enjoy the great wines and wine regions Ontario has to offer. The guide will be available at wineries and in the summer issue of LCBO's Food & Drink magazine on May 4th.

The 2016 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide provides information about 200 wineries in Prince Edward County, Lake Erie's North Shore, the Niagara Peninsula, and emerging wine producing regions. It  also highlights new trends in Ontario wine, offers touring and tasting tips and showcases Ontario's four signature wine varieties, for which the province has become renowned on the international wine scene: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc.