• Season's Greetings

     Grape Growers of Ontario wish you
     and your family a very Happy Holiday Season

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  • GGO meets with Premier Wynne

    Grape harvest is in full swing in Ontario, and the Grape Growers of Ontario welcomed the opportunity to meet with Premier Kathleen Wynne in the vineyards of grape grower Bill George in Beamsville.

     

     

     

  • 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. 
     

     

Important Field Worker Activity Survey

The information gathered in this survey may help to reduce the restrictions that are in place for some of grape growing's critical pesticide uses. The survey for field worker activity has been revised and is once again available on-line. 

The survey is needed to document actual worker activity in grapes and field tomatoes in Canada. This is the data that PMRA needs to help determine actual exposure to many grape growing pesticides under re-evaluation. Their proposals are currently based on out of country data that does not represent current activities.

It is very important that the survey be done quickly so data can be summarized this fall. Please get it done by mid October at the latest! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY. An access code is not required to complete the survey.

2017 Grape Price Agreement Reached

 

2017 Grape Price Agreement reached with Grape Growers of Ontario, Wine Council of Ontario and Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario

Niagara – September 6, 2017: The Grape Growers of Ontario, Wine Council of Ontario and Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario have successfully negotiated a grape price agreement for the 2017 harvest. This agreement recognizes the various price categories within the industry, and includes an important proviso for both processors and producers to actively participate in developing a sustainable industry wide plan following harvest.   

“The constant in our industry is the consistent grape quality our growers produce every year to make 100% Ontario grown wine. This agreement recognizes that growers, with their wine partners, can work together to collectively build and strengthen our grape and wine industry’s future,” said Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair, Grape Growers of Ontario.

“WGAO members purchase some 85% of the grapes grown by independent farmers in Ontario for VQA and International Canadian Blend (ICB) wines, and we are very pleased that grape growers and processors have arrived at an agreement for grape prices in 2017,” stated Del Rollo, Chair, Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario.

“I’m pleased we were able to reach an agreement on grape pricing for the 2017 harvest. The agreement provides price certainty, which will help wineries plan and potentially grow their businesses,” said Len Pennachetti, Chair, Wine Council of Ontario.

Ontario’s grape and wine industry is a significant economic driver to the provincial economy which contributes over $4.4 billion economic impact through jobs, tourism and taxes, particularly in the province’s designated viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Prince Edward County, Lake Erie North Shore, and the emerging South Coast region.

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Click here to view the base grape prices for 2017. A full pre-harvest package will be emailed to all grape growers and available on eGrape next week.