Ontario Viticulture Sustainability




Ontario Viticulture Sustainability Certification Program

Ontario's grape and wine industry is committed to enhancing its environmental performance by introducing a voluntary and confidential self-assessment tool and certification program to formally recognize the environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially sustainable practices already adopted by its members.  The program provides educational resources to enhance existing sustainable production practices and to record and measure progress. 

The Ontario Viticulture and Winery Sustainability certification program provides an opportunity to market Ontario wine products as environmentally friendly and sustainable. Certification will raise awareness of our industry’s commitment to the environment and increases the ability of Ontario’s wines to compete domestically and internationally.

Additional information on the program can be found at https://sustainablewinemakingontario.ca/

To complete the viticulture and winery surveys, please log into www.egrape.ca. For the viticulture survey, members will need to be in their grower account and for wineries, members will need to be in their processor account. 

Growers may use the confidential, voluntary survey for their own information purposes, or may choose to proceed to receive Sustainability Certification.  Once the survey (viticulture and/or winery) is complete, those wishing to proceed to certification will require third party verification of their survey by choosing an auditor from the following list of approved auditors:  

  • Andrew Peller Limited
  • Andrewes Farms Ltd.
  • Bob Nedelko
  • Briar Creek Farms Inc
  • Cave Spring Cellars
  • Chateau des Charmes Wines Ltd.
  • Daniel Stouck
  • Dionisios Koulovassilopoulos And Vasiliki Lenis
  • Erwin Wiens Vineyards Ltd.
  • Ferox Estates Winery
  • Flat Rock Cellars
  • Fred Losani
  • Fruithaven Farms Ltd.
  • George Ostrowski
  • Glenlake Orchards
  • Henry of Pelham Estate Winery
  • Hidden Bench Vineyards + Winery Inc
  • Huebel Grape Estates
  • Hughes Vineyards
  • Hunter Farms Ltd.
  • Icellars Estate Winery Inc.
  • J.D. Whitty Farms
  • Jason Roller
  • Jordan Valley Vineyards
  • K.J. Watson Farms Limited
  • Keczan Farm
  • Larry Dubois
  • Lawrie Vineyards
  • Leaning Post Wines Inc.
  • Lepp Farms (1174724 Ontario Inc.)
  • Malivoire Wine Company
  • Mark Picone
  • Niagara College Teaching Vineyard & Winery
  • Nokara Farms Ltd.
  • Oxley Estate Winery
  • Pelee Island Winery + Vineyards Inc.
  • Reif Vineyards Inc.
  • Riverview Farms
  • Southbrook Vineyards
  • Strewn Winery Inc.
  • Thwaites Farms Ltd.
  • Tim Andrews and Sandra Edgeworth
  • Tregunno Fruit Farms Inc.
  • Vineland Estates Winery
  • W Farms
  • Warren Ridge Inc.
  • Wiens Farms
  • William Falk Farms
  • William J. Baranick
  • William P. Baranick


AET Group, Janet McKenzie, Ryan Bourner
AET Group Inc.
531 Wellington Street North, Kitchener, ON N2H 5L6

Established in 1998, AET is a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting, auditing and scientific services firm. Our auditing team has considerable experience completing multi-year audits including the Integrated Pest Management Program for the IPM Council of Canada, ISO 14001 EMS/OHSAS 18001 audits for Canadian General Standards Board, Drinking Water Quality Management Standard audits for SAI Global, and numerous stewardship audits for Stewardship Ontario, WDO, MMSM, MMBC and Canada Beverage Container Recycling Association. Our team consists of several certified, competent auditors with first-hand knowledge of the Sustainability Certification Program for Ontario’s Grape and wine Industry and are strategically located throughout the Niagara Region. 
Aureus Solutions, Ted Bailey, 
Brittany Savoie
Aureus Solutions
Vineland and Kingston, ON

For over 17 years, Aureus has helped organizations manage ongoing risks and responsibilities associated with environmental compliance and sustainability.  Our certified auditors have have completed compliance, ISO 14001 and sustainability audits across Ontario and Canada for a variety of business sectors. We are available to support locally in Eastern Ontario and the Niagara region.
Hugh Fraser, P.Eng.

OTB Farm Solutions
St. Catharines

It has been a privilege to be an approved Ontario Viticulture and Winery Sustainability Auditor since 2015. Over the years, I have performed about 100 audits of Grape Grower operations and Ontario Craft Wineries. I continue to be amazed at what GGO and OCW members are doing out there to raise the bar on sustainability. In my former career, I was the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs provincial horticultural crop structures and equipment specialist at Vineland. I’ve worked my entire career with farmers of every stripe across Ontario, both inside and outside the horticultural sector. There is no type of agriculture I have not seen. I grew up on a farm, I speak farm language and I know the importance of confidentiality in the agricultural and value-added sectors. I also know how difficult it is to grow grapes and produce wines sustainably while still attempting to make a profit. In my consulting business, I see first-hand the unique, challenging issues of farming in the urban shadow. I also have a passion for old Ontario barns and I am a director with the newly formed Ontario Barn Preservation. I self-published a popular book in 2019 entitled, ‘Swing Beam Barns of Niagara: Stories of 50 barns built in Ontario circa 1819 to 1884’ and I am currently writing my second book about old barns.
Tavares Group Consulting Inc., Sandra Tavares
Tavares Group Consulting Inc.
10620 Yonge St., P.O. Box 32215 Richmond Heights
Richmond Hill ON, L4C 4H0

Tavares Group Consulting Inc. is a corporate social responsibility firm specialising in:

  • Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), including first through third party auditing for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 in various sectors (e.g., agriculture, energy, municipal)
  • Integrated Pest Management, Drinking Water Quality Management System and [chemical] Responsible Distribution third party auditing
  • Sustainability gap analysis, planning, implementation and reporting
  • Management systems integration and optimization
  • EHS and sustainability communications, training development and delivery

Our process-based approach to sustainability management led to the development of the Sustainability Toolkit and its associated Staarsoft® software which provides organizations with step-by-step guidance to meet their sustainability goals.