2017 Official VQA Wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly

Friday, November 4, 2016 - St. Catharines, ON: The Grape Growers of Ontario with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature and MPP for Brant County, Dave Levac, hosted the 38th Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, November 1. Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, are pleased to announce that the following have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2017:

Red Wine: Hare Wine Co. 2013 Jack Rabbit Red

White Wine:  Angel’s Gate Winery 2015 Süssreserve Riesling

“The Grape Growers of Ontario thank the Members of Provincial Parliament for their continuing support as we celebrate the grape harvest and choose the official red and white VQA wines of the Legislative Assembly for the coming year,” said Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair. “We are also pleased to be working closely with the Government of Ontario on the renewed Grape and Wine Strategy which provides funding for key vineyard and winery investments as well as enhanced marketing for the province’s VQA wines.”

“The wines showcased at the wine tasting reflect the connection between 100% Ontario grown grapes and the winemakers who craft them. We thank all participating wineries,” said Debbie Zimmerman, CEO.

“We are very excited to have our 2013 Jack Rabbit Red selected as the official red wine of the Legislature for 2017. As a brand new Ontario winery, this is a very special honour that showcases our commitment to producing high quality wines made from 100% Ontario grown grapes. Thank you from our team at The Hare Wine Co. and we hope you enjoy!” said John Hare, Owner of Hare Wine Co.

“We are proud to have been recognized by the Legislative Assembly for our hard work and dedication to producing quality VQA wine,” said A.J. McLaughlin, V.P. of Sales and Marketing at Angel’s Gate Winery.

Members of Provincial Parliament gathered to select the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s official red and white VQA wine to be served at legislative functions throughout 2017. Participants tasted and marked their preferences on a voting ballot to determine which wines would be selected from six Ontario VQA wineries. The Grape Growers of Ontario thank the Honourable Speaker Dave Levac and look forward to continuing the tradition of the Legislative Wine Tasting.

The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 actively producing grape growers of 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County, and the emerging Norfolk County.

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For more information please contact Debbie Zimmerman, CEO
Grape Growers of Ontario at 905-401-2471 d.zimmerman@grapegrowersofontario.com