• Countdown to Cool 2016

    The countdown to cool is on...
    International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration
    9 countries. 61 winemakers. 159 Cool Climate wines.
    July 22- 24, 2016
    Tickets are on sale now


  • 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.


2016 Grape King Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Grape King. Please click here for the nomination form to submit the name of the Ontario grape grower that you feel would be an excellent candidate for the 2016 Grape Grower of the Year. This position represents an over 60-year “Tradition of Excellence” for Ontario’s grape and wine industry.  The Grape King is an ambassador for all grape growers in Ontario and represents the industry at events throughout their one-year term. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 8, 2016.

OMAFRA Irrigation Update

June 25, 2016 | ONfruit
by Rebecca Shortt, Engineer, Water Quantity, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Irrigation Update
The month of May and the first 3 weeks of June have been extremely dry (<40% of avg rainfall).  The areas of Niagara and Peterborough are of particular concern because of lengthy dry conditions through the entire spring (since March 1st) and stretching back through 2015.
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Grape Irrigation - Both art and science
It’s a delicate dance to get just the right amount of water on grape vines at this time of year.  Water is crucial for cell division and the rapid berry growth occurring.  However, too much water can cause too much vegetative growth.

What is deficit irrigation?
How to calculate the length of time to run my drip system each day?
How much water do I need to apply?
How long do I need to run my drip system?
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CCOVI Celebrates 20 Years

24 June 2016 | Brock University — Communications & Public Affairs

 What a journey: A grape and wine research success story made in Canada

 Under a marquee tent at Brock University, about 100 researchers, grape and wine industry leaders and friends gathered Friday (June 24) to sip wine and celebrate a milestone birthday.

 Two decades ago, Brock created its Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, supported by the Wine Council of Ontario and the Grape Growers of Ontario.

 On Friday, some of the original architects of Canada’s renowned grape and wine research unit were back for the party, mingling with the current generation of vintners and celebrating the institute they all know as CCOVI (pronounced CUV-EE).

i4c: The School of Cool

Cool Climate Viticulture & Winemaking Industry Sessions
Friday, July 22, 2016 at White Oaks Conference Resort
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Trade-Industry Tasting
Join special guests Ian D'Agata 9Decanter, vinous.com), John Szabo (MS) and eighteen of the brightest talents in the world of Cool Climate viticulture and winemaking as they explore three provocative topics.
Tickets on sale now
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2016 CCOVI Spring Newsletter

June 8, 2016 | Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI)

The CCOVI News Spring 2016 edition is now available.  Click here

Inside this issue:

  • Million dollar research program invests in grape and wine industry’s future
  • Research shows how internet influences offline shopping
  • CCOVI Fellow recognized for teaching excellence
  • Cuvée 2016 a grand success
  • Students supported by scholarships
  • CCOVI focuses on education at i4C
  • Study finds cultivating evangelism key to reputation building
  • Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award nominations open
  • Recent publications and presentations

LCBO Reporting Record Sales in 2015

AM980 NewsTalk Radio - June 14, 2016

It was a record year for the LCBO, thanks to Ontarians hearty thirst for booze.

Sales in 2015 reached $5.57 billion, which marks the twenty-first consecutive year of record sales. When you break the numbers down even further, spirits accounted for $2.1 billion in sales, wine was almost $2 billion, $1.8 billion was spent on beers and ciders, and over $88 million was spent on gift cards. The LCBO is also reporting beer sales of $7.9 million in grocery stores. Beer was made available in some grocery stores last December, with wine and cider headed to shelves later this year.

Provincial and Federal Governments Investing $856,000 in Ontario's Wine Industry

To celebrate Ontario Wine Week, the Ontario government and the Government of Canada are investing in a Prince Edward County winery as part of a larger $856,000 investment to help Ontario wineries to expand their production, grow their brand recognition and leverage new economic opportunities. Hardie Wines Limited, also known as Norman Hardie Winery has received over $43,000 under the Growing Forward 2 initiative to:

  • Purchase a state-of-the-art wine press with specialized oak barrels from France that will store high-quality product.
  • Implement a stackable wine tank system to increase productivity and reduce operating costs.

June 2016 VQA Ontario Newsletter

  • Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study
  • Changes to VQA Services
  • VQA Regulation Changes
  • VQA Rack Cards Available Now
  • Benefits of VQA Membership
  • Tips for the Month

Vintners act to block counterfeits as China’s thirst for Canadian icewine grows

National Post - June 4, 2016

The Niagara peninsula, a flat strip of lush farmland that separates Lake Erie from Lake Ontario, feels like the Klondike right now, with eager farmers ripping out stately orchards of pear and peach trees to plant row upon row ofgrape vines on every possible scrap of soil.

Someday soon, the farmers may ring the doorbells in the little subdivision that crowds the fields in the village of Virgil, to ask permission to grow a few grape vines in their front yards.

In a field at PondView Estates Winery, Abe Wiens, who runs Vinetech Canada, pulls bundles of cabernet franc grape vine rootstock from a bin of water and hands them to two workers dressed like bank robbers with sunglasses and bandanas against the dust on a vine planting machine.

"We are planting cabernet franc for ice wine production," explains Luciano Puglisi, the owner of PondView. These vines will bear harvestable grapes in three years and business will still be booming, since well-heeled Chinese consumers have developed a prodigious thirst for Canada's icewine in recent years.

2017 Cuveé Vineyard of Excellence Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award. The award will be presented at the Cuvée Grand Tasting where the Ontario wine industry showcases the best Ontario VQA wines. It is in that same spirit we take the opportunity to recognize a grower who promotes excellence in their vineyard practices. 

Nominations will be held in confidence. Please click here for the nomination form. Direct your Nomination via E-mail or Fax to:
Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI, Brock University
Email:  ccovi@brocku.ca    Telephone:  905-688-5550, ext. 4652     Fax:  905-688-3104

Nominations are due Monday, June 27, 2016.