• 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. 


Letter from the Honourable Jeff Leal to the Grape Growers of Ontario membership


On March 28, 2017, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs provided the Grape Growers of Ontario with a letter supporting regulated marketing in Ontario. The following is an excerpt of the letter, and the full letter can be read here.

"These actions do not impact any other marketing boards regulated under the Farm Products Marketing Act. As I have stated on numerous occasions, our government has not wavered from its commitment to maintain regulated marketing in Ontario. This includes the ability of marketing boards to negotiate collectively on behalf of their members where such a requirement is included in the powers delegated to that board, as is the case for the Grape Growers of Ontario."  Minister Jeff Leal, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Agricorp program deadlines

December 31, 2017 – AgriStability final deadline to pay fee for the 2017 program year.

December 31, 2017 – AgriInvest final deadline to submit tax information for the 2016 program year for those that missed the September 30, 2017 deadline.  A penalty of 5% per each month or part month that the application is late will apply.

February 1, 2018SDRM: Edible Horticulture deadline for deposits.

For more information, visit http://www.agricorp.com/en-ca/Programs/Pages/Default.aspx or call 1-888-247-4999.

Dr. Karl Kaiser

KAISER, Karl J. Dr. - Peacefully, after complications of a stroke, Karl Kaiser passed away on November 22, 2017 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital at the age of 76.

The seventh of nine children, Karl was born in St. Veit an der Gölsen, Austria and was son to Joseph Kaiser and Katterina Renz.  After marrying Silvia Kaiser, Karl moved to Canada where he began a new life.  While attending Brock University and raising a young family, he co-founded Inniskillin Wines and dedicated his life to Canadian wine.  A husband, Papa and Grandpapa, Karl will be deeply missed and his memory cherished by his wife Silvia, three children Magdalena, Andrea (John), Maximilian (Mary Colleen) and seven grandchildren Ryan, Madison, Jacob, Willow, Maximilian, Sophia and Oliver, and by John, father to Maximilian and Oliver.  He will be remembered not only for his passion for wine, but his wide grin and his unconditional love, generosity and kindness. 

Cremation and private family interment have taken place.  A celebration of Karl’s life will be held on December 8th, 2017 at The Hare Wine Co., 769 Niagara Stone Road from 5-9 pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to the Dr. Karl J. Kaiser Memorial Fund at Brock University, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.   Karl had a special love of learning and sharing his knowledge, and was a graduate of Brock, where he later received his honorary doctorate.  Donate online at www.brocku.ca/donate or by phone at 905-688-5550 ext. 4190. Cheques can be made out to "Brock University" with "In memory of Dr. Karl J. Kaiser" in the reference line can be mailed to Development and Alumni Relations, Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1.  Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.morganfuneral.com.

2018 Sponsorship Applications

All organizations applying for funding from the Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) for 2018 promotion, sponsorship and/or research are required to adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Submit completed application form to the GGO prior to December 31st of each year;
  2. align with the GGO’s strategic priorities; and
  3. any promotional funds granted to organizations in the amount of $10,000 or more require accountant prepared annual financial statements for the funding year, to be provided to the GGO by the recipient.  Audited financial statements may be requested for funding grants greater than $20,000. 

Please submit your funding request with financial statements if required by email to info@grapegrowersofontario.com or by fax at 905-688-3211 by December 31st.

2017 Cheque Day

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Grape Growers of Ontario Board Office
1634 South Service Road, St. Catharines

Growers: Photo ID is required to pick up your cheque. Please bring any contact information changes with you. If you are unable to pick up your cheque, please notify the Board office, in writing, with the name of the individual picking up your cheque on your behalf. 

NOTE: Cheques that are not picked up by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 15 will be put into the mail immediately following the scheduled pick up time. If you wish to have your cheque held at the office please call 905-688-0990 before noon on Wednesday, November 15.

IMPORTANT: All grapes harvested after November 7, 2017 will be paid immediately following receipt of the purchase summary from the GGO. All cheques are to be made payable to the grower and delivered to the GGO Board office for pick up by the grower.

For more information, please contact Nick Lemieux at 905 688-0990 ext 228 or nlemieux@grapegrowersofontario.com

Are you a farmer interested in different practices for maintaining soil health?

Two workshops are scheduled which will host talks from Brock University Researchers and farmers involved in an ongoing project investigating the use of agrominerals for soil amendment. This is an opportunity to hear about the latest results from field trials, and a Q&A session will follow to allow for further discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend one, or both, of the below workshops. Workshops are free of charge and will be held at Rittenhouse Hall, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, 4890 Victoria Avenue North, ON L0R 2E0 on:

November 23rd, 8.30am - 11am

December 6th, 8.30am - 11am

For more information and to RSVP, please email lc15nl@brocku.ca

Top Picks at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2018

Friday, November 3, 2017 - St. Catharines, ON:

The Grape Growers of Ontario with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature and MPP for Brant County, Dave Levac, hosted the 39th Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, November 1st. Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, Matthias Oppenlaender, along with CEO Debbie Zimmerman are pleased to announce that the following have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2018:


Red Wine: 2016 Sandbanks Winery Sleeping Giant Foch-Baco Noir

White Wine:  2016 Reif Estate Winery Pinot Grigio

Fall 2017 CCOVI News

Please click here to read the Fall 2017 newsletter from the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, which includes updates on:

  • Preharvest monitoring program
  • 20th Anniversary of Lectures at Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
  • The "Great Chardo" Sway
  • Award-winning industry books 
  • Upcoming Events, and much more!

Honourable Jim Bradley’s Member Statement regarding "Grape King Doug Whitty” on Oct. 23, 2017

The Honourable Jim Bradley, Chief Government Whip and MPP for St. Catharines, rose in the Legislative Assembly on October 23, 2017 to congratulate the 2017 Grape King, Doug Whitty of Whitty Farms, St. Catharines. 

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CCOVI Consumer Research Lab

October 23, 2017 - thegrower.org

Brock University’s viticulture institute has received $960,00 for a one-of-a-kind consumer research lab.  The Canada Foundation for Innovation grant will help the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) establish the world’s first mediated-reality wine laboratory that will combine sights, smells and sounds to help researchers study the science of consumer choice in the wine industry.

The Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Sensory Reality Consumer Laboratory, to be known as (R3CL), will be able to create a variety of environments in which people purchase and consume wines. These environments could include wineries, liquor stores or even dining rooms. Interwoven with the scenes will be music, smells and other sensory information.