• 2017 Celebrity Luncheon with Colonel Chris Hadfield

    Thank you to all attendees and sponsors who attended the Grape Growers of Ontario's Celebrity Luncheon with Colonel Chris Hadfield to celebrate our 70th Anniversary and 'growing into the future'!




  • GGO 70th Anniversary Family Picnic






    August 24, 2017 - Thank you to everyone who celebrated the GGO's 70th Anniversary!
    Photo: Denis Cahill


  • 2017-2018 Grape King

    Doug Whitty
    President, Whitty Farms and 13th Street Winery

    Doug Whitty is a third generation grape grower in St. Catharines and has been selected as the 2017 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 


'Impossible things happen', says Hadfield - St. Catharines Standard

By Grant LaFleche, The Standard

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What do you do next?

It’s a simple enough question, but according to former Cold War fighter pilot, astronaut, author and musician Chris Hadfield, it is the only one that matters.

“What should we all do next? That’s the only really valid question.

“What you did in the past is done. What we’re doing right now, okay, it has an effect, but what are we going to do next?,” said Hadfield in an exclusive one-on-one interview with Postmedia Wednesday morning. “That’s the question everybody needs to ask themselves, and how is that going to take you in the direction that you really actually want to go?”

Whitty Named Grape King - St. Catharines Standard

By Standard Staff


A man whose work has “elevated the entire Ontario grape industry” was himself elevated to become the industry’s monarch.

Doug Whitty, owner of Whitty Farms and 13th Street Winery, was selected as the 2017 Grape King, and honoured with the title during a ceremony at his St. Catharines winery Wednesday afternoon.

“I believe that a key component to our continued success as an industry is related directly to our ability to work creatively together with all our partners so that enjoyment of local wine and food experiences are more fully recognized as an important part of Canadian culture,” Whitty said in a media release. “I am pleased yet humbled by this nomination. I have learned a great deal from other grape growers. It will be a great honour and privilege to represent them as Grape King this year.”

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Important ONfruit posts for grape growers

Grapevine viruses, September 2017

W. McFadden-Smith (OMAFRA), S. Poojari  and J.P. Parent (AAFC)

Symptoms of Grapevine leafroll disease (GLD), caused by a number of GLRaVs, are more apparent on red-fruited vinifera cultivars than whites and they vary based on variety of factors including environmental conditions, cultivar, age of the vines, stage and severity of (one or more than one virus) infection and viral load. Continue reading →

Sooty mould — a sure sign of mealybugs (and sometimes scales)

W. McFadden-Smith (OMAFRA), S. Poojari and J.P. Parent (AAFC)

A few weeks ago, it was easy to find mealybugs and scales on foliage and fruit in vineyards that had not been sprayed with Movento.  Mealybugs and scales secrete a sugary substance that not only attracts ants, but also acts as a food source for superficial sooty mould fungi.  The latter are not an issue for wine grapes but can make table grapes unmarketable.  However, the presence of sooty mould is a good indicator of the presence of the vectors of Grapevine Leafroll-associated Viruses (GLR-aVs). Continue reading →

Climate Change Perception and Adaptation Online Survey


All grape growers are invited to participate in an important on-line survey investigating climate change perception and adaptation in the Canadian wine industry and have a chance to win $500. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and your identity will be anonymous.

To take part, you must be 18 years of age or older, currently working in Canada as a winemaker, a grape grower or a winery owner, and have access to the Internet.
Visit www.unipoll.ca to complete the survey.


Doug Whitty, 2017 Grape King

September 11, 2017 (St. Catharines, ON)— The Grape Growers of Ontario and Farm Credit Canada are pleased to 

announce that Doug Whitty of Whitty Farms and 13th Street Winery in St. Catharines has been chosen as the 2017 Grape King.  “We are thrilled to have someone with Doug’s experience and commitment serve as Grape King and ambassador for our grape and wine industry”, says Grape Growers of Ontario Chair, Matthias Oppenlaender.

“Each year, the title of Grape King is given in recognition of exceptional quality, expertise and leadership in this industry. Doug Whitty’s 13th Street operation helps elevate the entire Ontario grape industry and is proof that Ontario vineyards are more than capable of competing on the world stage,” says Trish Botter Senior Director of Agribusiness and AgriFood, Farm Credit Canada.

Doug Whitty will be officially installed as the 62nd Grape King on Wednesday, September 13th at 3:00 p.m. at 13th Street Winery, 1776 Fourth Avenue, St. Catharines (click here for map).

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Fall 2017 Newsletter


  • Introducing Vineland's latest innovation
  • New tender fruit varieties coming soon
  • Introducing Chinook SunriseTM - Outstanding beauty, exceptional quality
  • Exciting community events at Vineland

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Grape growers pounce on improvement program funding

September 5, 2017 - Fruit and Vegetable

The popularity of a seven-year-old program designed to give wine grape growers funding for production improvements shows no signs of abating. 

When the first-come, first-served application process opened in June for the marketing and vineyard improvement program, the program’s administrator, Agricorp, received enough applications for the available funding in just one day.

There is $2 million worth of funding for the 2017-2018 program year, and another $2 million for the 2018-2019 program, says Agricorp spokesperson Stephanie Charest. The intake of the 152 applications was for both years, as requested by industry.

Fresh News from The Grower - August 28, 2017

the grower July 2017.jpgOFA Federal Taxation Changes
The province's largest general farm lobby organization, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) released a commentary piece recently discussing the proposed changes to federal taxation and how this will impact farm corporations written by Mark Wales, director, OFA.

Cider Apples Tough to Choose
In mid-August, CCOVI  hosted its second offering of the course Cider and Perry Production - A Foundation. It is the only accredited program of its kind in Canada, offered in partnership with the Cider Institute of North America (CINA).

McDonald's Sundae
"Made with Canadian wild blueberries." 

August 28, 2017 | The Grower

Summer edition of the 2017 CCOVI Newsletter

Click here to view the summer edition of the 2017 CCOVI Newsletter.