• Localgrapes.ca Fall Feature

     Meet the folks behind the grapes at localgrapes.ca


  • 2016-2017 Grape King

    Jamie Quai
    Co-Proprietor, Vigneron and Winemaker, Quai Du Vin Estate Winery

    The Quai family is in its third generation of grape growing in Elgin County. Jamie Quai has been selected as 2016 Grape King to serve as ambassador for Ontario's grape growers. 


  • Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP)

    MVIP provides Ontario's grape growers with 35% cost-share funding to help with the cost of improvements to their production of wine grapes. The 2015 intake opened May 19, 2015 and is now closed. Due to a strong demand for the available funds, the joint Government-Industry Steering Committee has decided that the program will not open a second intake for year 2.


We grow the wines you love in summer

Summer is like a glass of chilled Chardonnay: bright, vivid and joyous.
Summer is when the air is buzzing and the sun shining.
Summer is when green grapes emerge from grapevine flowers, slowly take on their darker shade, and develop bright flavours.
Summer is when we spend our days nurturing the most flavourful grapes that will transform into the wines you love.
This Summer, enjoy fine days in the sun with a crisp glass of local, VQA wine.

Discover our Ontario VQA wines, food pairings, getaway ideas and more!

100 points for this Niagara Riesling (and I haven’t even tasted it yet)

October 20, 2016 - winesinniagara.com by Rick Vansickle

One hundred points out of one hundred. That’s my score for Fielding Estate’s Theo Block Riesling 2015.

I assigned that score even before tasting the wine — I can’t bring myself to drink it, not yet — but I am not changing the score. It will forever be a 100-point wine in my estimation, the highest rating I have ever given a wine from anywhere in the world.

I believe that perfection is extremely difficult to achieve, even in wine, but in this case it seems appropriate, necessary even.

I believe in the Theo Block Riesling and the 100 points bestowed upon it today. It is perfect in each and every way and not one thing can change that for me. Perfect is perfect, in this case.

First, a little bit about this amazing wine that I have not even tasted yet.

Fielding winemaker Richie Roberts sourced the fruit from Theo and Shelley Procyshyn’s tiny Vinemount Ridge vineyard in Beamsville, not far from the Fielding Estate Winery.

Roberts says what makes this vineyard so special and meaningful is that it “so greatly reflects two things: the nature of where it was grown, and the dedicated family who farms the vines that grow there.”

Says Roberts: “When I met Theo and visited his vineyard in the fall of 2011, I was stunned. In such a difficult growing season, he was able to keep a picture-perfect vineyard. Over the past five years I’ve come to know that every vine in that vineyard is meticulously hand-tended to by the Procyshyn family. The vineyard is a perfect location for the cool-climate varieties that grow so well there, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the amount of work that a family can put into a vineyard, true stewards of the land.”

Grape Growers of Ontario "cautiously optimistic" following Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan investment


St. Catharines, ON (October 17, 2016) - Today’s announcement that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has won what was reported to have been a hotly contested auction for Constellation Brand’s Canadian wine business “sends a very positive signal that the Canadian wine industry is ready and well-positioned for expansion,” said Grape Growers of Ontario CEO Debbie Zimmerman.

According to the Wall Street Journal, many potential foreign and domestic bidders were interested in participating in Constellation’s auction process. 

Ontario Teachers’ acquires Canada’s largest wine business from Constellation Brands

October 17, 2016

TORONTO – Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers') today announced the acquisition of Constellation Brands Canada, the Canadian operation of Constellation Brands, for approximately $1.03 billion (CDN). The transaction is expected to close before the end of the calendar year.

Constellation Brands is a publicly traded, international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. The Canadian wine business of Constellation Brands is the market leader in Canada with approximately three times the market share of its closest competitor and 7 of the top 20 wine brands in the Canadian market.

Constellation Brands Further Evolves its Wine and Spirits Portfolio to Focus on High Margin, High Growth Brands

VICTOR, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2016 - Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today a number of transactions that will advance its strategy of focusing on premium, high-margin, and high-growth brands while building shareholder value.

Constellation has reached an agreement to sell its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada. The transaction, which includes Canadian wine brands such as Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin, wineries, vineyards, offices, facilities, and Wine Rack retail stores is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the calendar year. Constellation Brands will continue ownership of Black Velvet Whisky and the related production facility in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

NPF&VGA Request for Research Proposals

The Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association invites submissions of research or service proposals commencing in 2017. Projects may be single or multi-year in length. Further details and research priorities can be found in the links below:

NPF&VGA Call for Research Proposals
NPF&VGA 2017 Research Application Form
NPF&VGA 2017 Research Priorities

VQA Ontario October Newsletter


  • Make sure your grapes remain VQA-eligible
  • Industry Survey Coming Soon
  • Benefits of VQA membership
  • Tip of the Month: Planning Ahead

Celebrate Ontario's Agricultural Week 2016


Ontario's Agricultural Week is from October 3 to 9 in 2016 - let's celebrate by eating local food more often!

Ontario’s food system is huge; it generates more than $15 billion in GDP and employs more than 214,000 people. Of this, $2.65 billion is generated by farming in the Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt.

While farms in the Greenbelt are on average smaller, they produce 23% more Gross Domestic Revenue than the average Ontario farm. They also benefit from natural and locational advantages such as access to key processing industries, highly productive soil types and climate, and proximity to Ontario's largest and growing market. Want to learn more? Click here.

This year, let’s celebrate this large local food system that produces the food we enjoy every day by supporting our local food producers!

See our tips for celebrating Ontario’s Agricultural Week in 2016: Buy Local Food | Learn About Local Food | Attend Local Events

Wine Festival showcases homegrown parade

September 22, 2016 | The St. Catharines Standard
By Don Fraser

It’s a classic fall bash for Niagara and its visitors from afar that celebrates the peninsula’s pride.

And this year’s Meridian Grande Parade specifically has Homegrown Niagara as its theme.

Floats and displays will course through downtown St. Catharines Saturday to commemorate the area’s community leaders, bounty and first-class quality of life.

About 75 entries are part of this year’s extravaganza of drumlines, marching bands, floats, music and other crowd favourites.

“What we ask is they point to local heroes or history-makers in their themes,” said festival executive director Kimberly Hundertmark.