Jamie Slingerland Crowned 2015/16 Grape King

Release Date: 
Monday, September 14, 2015

St. Catharines, ON— Farm Credit Canada, the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival are pleased to announce that Jamie Slingerland of Pillitteri Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is the 2015 Grape King.

“We are delighted to have Jamie selected as 2015 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario’s grape growers. Jamie is a dedicated grower who believes that great wine starts in the vineyard,” says Grape Growers of Ontario Chair, Bill George. “The annual crowning of the Grape King is recognition of the best that Ontario’s grape growers have to offer,” Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario.

The Slingerland family has been farming in Niagara-on-the-Lake since 1783 and Jamie was raised on the family grape and tender fruit farm. The grape and wine industry runs deep in the family with father-in-law Gary Pillitteri crowned Grape King in 1981.  Jamie is Director of Viticulture at Pillitteri Estates winery and his wife Connie and son Richard are also part of the management team.  Daughter Rachel is a lawyer with Martens Lingard.

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As Grape King, Slingerland will represent Ontario’s grape and wine industry at events across the country, starting with the Mayor’s Grape Stomp on September 19th and the 64th annual Grande Parade on September 26th.

“Jamie Slingerland is a testament to true leadership in the grape and wine industry. His commitment to innovation, progress and sustainability are reflected in the quality of his vineyards and the fruit that they bear,” says Kimberly Hundertmark, Executive Director of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.

Jamie Slingerland will be officially installed as the 60th Grape King on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 3 p.m at 1114 Concession 2, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Details and directions can be found at www.grapegrowersofontario.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Debbie Zimmerman
CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario
d.zimmerman@grapegrowersofontario.com          
905-401-2471

About the Grape Growers of Ontario

The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 registered grower members on 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County and emerging regions.

Follow Grape Growers of Ontario on Twitter @Grapegrowersont, like us on Facebook and get more information at www.grapegrowersofontario.com.

About Farm Credit Canada

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $27 billion. FCC’s employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. Our profits are reinvested back into agriculture and the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Visit our website at www.fcc.caor follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.