Ontario’s grape and wine industry is a success story, not only as a business and agricultural phenomenon, but as a tourist destination.
Eco-tourism, agri-tourism and cultural tourism are all linked, and play a role in the growth and popularity of our grape and wine industry. Ontario has several spectacular events designed to showcase and promote its award-winning vintages. The highlights include:
- Images of Winter Icewine Evening – An annual event held in January to unveil and showcase the previous harvest’s Icewine.
- Cuvée – An annual industry awards gala where the year’s best wines are chosen. Held in March in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- New Vintages Niagara – Held in June, this evening is dedicated to the first tasting of newly uncorked vintages from Ontario’s top wineries
- Niagara Grape & Wine Festival – Held in September, this 10-day festival attracts more than 100,000 tourists who sample regional cuisine and fine wines, and enjoy world-class entertainment and family attractions. The Grape Growers of Ontario is a founding sponsor of this festival, which grows in popularity year after year.