• Localgrapes.ca Fall Feature

     Meet the folks behind the grapes at localgrapes.ca


  • 2016-2017 Grape King

    Jamie Quai
    Co-Proprietor, Vigneron and Winemaker, Quai Du Vin Estate Winery

    The Quai family is in its third generation of grape growing in Elgin County. Jamie Quai has been selected as 2016 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 


  • 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.


We grow the wines you love in summer

Summer is like a glass of chilled Chardonnay: bright, vivid and joyous.
Summer is when the air is buzzing and the sun shining.
Summer is when green grapes emerge from grapevine flowers, slowly take on their darker shade, and develop bright flavours.
Summer is when we spend our days nurturing the most flavourful grapes that will transform into the wines you love.
This Summer, enjoy fine days in the sun with a crisp glass of local, VQA wine.

Discover our Ontario VQA wines, food pairings, getaway ideas and more!

Fall updates from the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute

In this issue:

  • OEVI alum is King of the vineyards
  • Cross-Canada trek to Brock was worth it for award-winning OEVI student
  • Fizz Club to focus on rosé
  • Go back to school this winter with our continuing education courses
  • VineAlert recognized provincially
  • New crop of OEVI students welcomed to Brock
  • Grad students recognized at international conference
  • Monitoring program returns to help Niagara’s wine industry prepare for harvest
  • Wine and cheese seminars a hit at the Niagara Wine Festival
  • Recent publications and presentations

Click here to view the Fall 2016 edition of the CCOVI News.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Ritttenhouse Hall, 4890 Victoria Ave, Vineland Station

Guest Speaker – Jennifer Ward, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), Topic - 2016 Assessment Update for Farm Properties

Annual Meeting will include election of the 14 member Board of Directors, financial statements, selection of auditors. The Board of Directors has 4 directors from Niagara on the Lake, 4 directors from Lincoln, 4 directors from West Lincoln, 1 director from St. Catharines, 1 director from Grimsby. We would like to encourage you to become a director and be at the table to learn about and contribute to the development of agriculture policy and in organizing promotional/educational events to increase awareness about the importance of the agriculture industry. Come out and be part of the team! Everyone is welcome to attend!

For more information - Cathy Mous - 905-516-5188 or c.mous@sympatico.ca

'We Grow the Wines You Love' Contest Winners

Our contest is now over and while we were overwhelmed by the number of participants, there can only be six winners…

Our 5 Runner-up Prize winners are:

Valerie Cook, from Hamilton, ON
Jill Nicholson, from Beamsville, ON
Stephen de Beaupre, from Toronto, ON
Frank Chanady, from Niagara Falls, ON
Johanna Kelch, from Toronto, ON

And our very lucky Grand Prize Winner:
Lori Shmuir, from Oshawa, ON


Congratulations to all winners and again, thanks to all the participants!

We’d like to give a shout out to our amazing partners who’ve helped create the We grow the wines you love contest.

A special thank you goes out to:
- Hidden Gem Wine Tours of Niagara, Redstone Wineryand Doug Klassen - www.dougklassen.netfor providing the amazing prizes;
- Sally and Rob Peck from Sugarbush Vineyards, Martin Gorski from North 42 Degrees Estate Wineryand Dan Lambert, Jim Morrison and Don Forrer, grape growers from the Niagara region, for sharing with us all their love of grape growing;
- and lastly, to all the growers and winemakers behind the featured VQAwines from across the province!  Fielding Estate Winery, Megalomaniac, Strewn Winery, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, Sandbanks Winery, Henry of Pelham, Tawse Winery, Stoney Ridge Estate Winery, Inniskillin Winery, Sugarbush Vineyards, Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, Peller Estates Winery, Pondview Estate Winery, Pillitteri Estates Winery, and Vieni Estates

Find VQA Wines of Ontario at shop LCBO.com

Canada is THE place to visit in 2017

October 25, 2016http://www.rcinet.ca/en/author/mmontgomery/

One of the best known travel guide publishers in the world has named Canada as the top country to visit in 2017.

Lonely Planet has released its 2017 list of destination choices, and it’s made a lot of Canadian travel professionals pretty excited.

David Goldstein, is the president and CEO of Destination Canada, which markets Canada as a travel destination.

Canadian wines are making a mark on the world stage

October 25, 2016 - http://www.foodserviceandhospitality.com/author/dschalk/

Considering its relatively young wine industry, Canada has garnered a high level of acclaim for its vintages. In fact, according to the 2015 Wine Tourism in Canada Report, annual direct revenue from Canadian wine tourism was $476 million for the year. Canadians also have a taste for local grapes, with Canadian Vintners Association stats indicating wine industry sales represent 30 per cent of all wine sold across Canada. As Jason Yamasaki, group sommelier at Joey Restaurant Group explains, “A large proportion of our local customers really like to share [local wines] with the guests they’re welcoming from out of town or just enjoy the reliable names they have come to know through drinking wine in their own provinces.”

100 points for this Niagara Riesling (and I haven’t even tasted it yet)

October 20, 2016 - winesinniagara.com by Rick Vansickle

One hundred points out of one hundred. That’s my score for Fielding Estate’s Theo Block Riesling 2015.

I assigned that score even before tasting the wine — I can’t bring myself to drink it, not yet — but I am not changing the score. It will forever be a 100-point wine in my estimation, the highest rating I have ever given a wine from anywhere in the world.

I believe that perfection is extremely difficult to achieve, even in wine, but in this case it seems appropriate, necessary even.

I believe in the Theo Block Riesling and the 100 points bestowed upon it today. It is perfect in each and every way and not one thing can change that for me. Perfect is perfect, in this case.

First, a little bit about this amazing wine that I have not even tasted yet.

Fielding winemaker Richie Roberts sourced the fruit from Theo and Shelley Procyshyn’s tiny Vinemount Ridge vineyard in Beamsville, not far from the Fielding Estate Winery.

Roberts says what makes this vineyard so special and meaningful is that it “so greatly reflects two things: the nature of where it was grown, and the dedicated family who farms the vines that grow there.”

Says Roberts: “When I met Theo and visited his vineyard in the fall of 2011, I was stunned. In such a difficult growing season, he was able to keep a picture-perfect vineyard. Over the past five years I’ve come to know that every vine in that vineyard is meticulously hand-tended to by the Procyshyn family. The vineyard is a perfect location for the cool-climate varieties that grow so well there, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the amount of work that a family can put into a vineyard, true stewards of the land.”

Grape Growers of Ontario "cautiously optimistic" following Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan investment


St. Catharines, ON (October 17, 2016) - Today’s announcement that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has won what was reported to have been a hotly contested auction for Constellation Brand’s Canadian wine business “sends a very positive signal that the Canadian wine industry is ready and well-positioned for expansion,” said Grape Growers of Ontario CEO Debbie Zimmerman.

According to the Wall Street Journal, many potential foreign and domestic bidders were interested in participating in Constellation’s auction process. 

Ontario Teachers’ acquires Canada’s largest wine business from Constellation Brands

October 17, 2016

TORONTO – Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers') today announced the acquisition of Constellation Brands Canada, the Canadian operation of Constellation Brands, for approximately $1.03 billion (CDN). The transaction is expected to close before the end of the calendar year.

Constellation Brands is a publicly traded, international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. The Canadian wine business of Constellation Brands is the market leader in Canada with approximately three times the market share of its closest competitor and 7 of the top 20 wine brands in the Canadian market.

Constellation Brands Further Evolves its Wine and Spirits Portfolio to Focus on High Margin, High Growth Brands

VICTOR, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2016 - Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today a number of transactions that will advance its strategy of focusing on premium, high-margin, and high-growth brands while building shareholder value.

Constellation has reached an agreement to sell its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada. The transaction, which includes Canadian wine brands such as Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin, wineries, vineyards, offices, facilities, and Wine Rack retail stores is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the calendar year. Constellation Brands will continue ownership of Black Velvet Whisky and the related production facility in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.