• 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 fall

Fall is like a glass of Cabernet: aromatic, earthy and festive.
Fall is when the air is crisp and the sun golden.
Discover our Ontario VQA wines, food pairings, getaway ideas and more!   www.localgrapes.ca

Thank you to Tawse Winery, Vineland and Glenlake Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Agricorp - Fruit Coverage Now Offering More

Ontario fruit producers will now have more coverage options, a move that recognizes that tree and vine health is vital to a producer's business. New plan enhancements include:

  • First-time coverage for tender fruit trees
  • Additional coverage for apple trees and grape vines
  • The ability to insure trees and vines in the year following planting

Agricorp worked closely with industry stakeholders to provide a wider range of coverage options, offering greater peace of mind and ensuring that all growers enrolled in the tree fruit and grape plans are able to protect their trees and vines. 

VQA Ontario — News & Tips — December 2016

In this issue:

  • Ontaro Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study - deadline December 9th
  • Late Harvest and Icewine Grape Registration
  • Seminar Series – What You Need To Know About VQA, AGCO And LCBO Rules  
  • Tips of the Mnnth

Canada’s 100 best restaurants of 2016

December 1, 2016 - Global News

The list of the top 100 Canadian restaurants as according to OpenTable reviewers has been released right in time for the holidays. This group is considered to have the “best overall food and hospitality across the country,” based on more than 480,000 reviews on the online reservation site. The list includes six restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Click here for the full list of top 100 Canadian restaurants.


Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Winter 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Canadian ShieldTM named Plant of the Year
  • Opening new markets for hardy landscape roses
  • Vineland appoints new members to Board of Directors
  • Vineland Science and Stakeholder Advisory Council members 2016/17

Click here to view VRIC's Winter 2016 Newsletter

OFVGA Annual General Meeting - January 10 & 11, 2017

The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association will be held January 10 and 11, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario. Please visit the OFVGA website www.ofvga.org/events to the view the agenda.

Early bird registration is open until December 15th at a rate of $150.00 per person.  After December 15th the rate will be $175.00. Use this link to register for the event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ofvga-agm-the-future-of-local-food-security-in-a-global-economy-tickets-29520002121

The OFVGA has a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn for AGM registrants until December 15th, 2016. Please call 1 866 568-0059 or email reservations@yyzia.com to reserve your room before December 16th.     

Contact Donna Francis at donna@ofvga.org or 519-763-6160 x 116 for more information.

Niagara winery Pearl Morissette part of a natural wine trend

November 22, 2016 - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

A fruit fly has settled, unceremoniously, on the tip of my nose.

I am standing in the clamorous Pearl Morissette winery in Ontario’s Niagara Region, the raisin aroma of fermenting grapes all around. The 54-year-old winemaker François Morissette hands me a glass, and at the hint of open wine, the little jerks who have been loitering around the nearby barrels make their move.

The scene is a far cry from the sterile tasting-rooms-slash-retail-stores that visitors find at many wineries, and that is the point. Pearl Morissette is one Canadian contributor to a burgeoning movement of “natural” or “low-intervention” wineries that are attempting to create a product whose taste better reflects the character of the region, or a sense of place. The setting is designed to reinforce that: Fuzzy baby ducks amble around a pond outside near lolling cows in a field. Work goes on all around as I taste. Bottles sit on a black plastic rolling cart, with a plastic basin to spit in. Morissette wants visitors to hear the story of the winemaking process, but also to feel they are in the middle of it. There is a very conscious crafting of a sense of authenticity and pastoral romance.

OFA elects Keith Currie as new president

November 23, 2016John Greig for countryguide.ca

Keith Currie of Collingwood, Ont. has been elected for a one-year term as OFA president, defeating incumbent Don McCabe in an election this week at the farmer organization’s convention.

Currie emphasized the need for unity in the agriculture industry during his remarks before the vote.

It’s more important than ever for the agriculture industry to work together, he said, pointing to the ability of social media and other platforms that allow easy spread of anti-agriculture messages.

North Shore Royalty

November 22, 2016 - Jim Meyers for Fruit and Vegetable Magazine

This year marks just the second time in 61 years a Grape King has come from a vineyard outside of the Niagara area. Jamie Quai is very much a hands-on guy and the blue-purple stains around the cuticles of his fingernails can attest to that. Just the day before being installed as Ontario’s 61st Grape King, he’d been cleaning up after pressing Concord grapes at the family winery where he is co-proprietor, vigneron (French for grape grower) and winemaker. And while he was scrubbed up and wearing his new Grape King blazer for the event, it’s almost impossible to remove the telltale stain of the grape variety that’s better known as a juice grape than for making wine. That was at the end of September. In midmonth, he had been named Grape King at a luncheon in St. Catharines, Ont. to launch the Niagara Wine Festival. A second crowning ceremony was held at his 22-acre vineyard, Quai du Vin Estate Winery (roughly translated as “dock” or “port” of wine) near the north shore of Lake Erie, some 30 kilometres south of London Ont. 

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OMAFRA Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Webinars

Join the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ new webinars to learn what Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food safety schemes work best for your business. Learn first-hand from GFSI representatives and scheme owners about the key aspects of featured schemes. To register or for more information:

Registration is FREE but space is limited
All webinars are from 11am-12pm (Eastern Standard Time - EST)

GFSI Webinar Topics for FOOD PROCESSORS:
Registration deadline: December 22, 2016. Register for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 topics
Webinar 1: Introduction and GFSI overview - February 2, 2017
Webinar 2: Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 - February 6, 2017
Webinar 3: British Retail Consortium (BRC) - February 8, 2017
Webinar 4: Safe Quality Food (SQF) code - February 10, 2017

GFSI Webinar Topics for PRODUCERS:
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017. Register for 1, 2 or all 3 topics
Webinar 1: Introduction and GFSI overview - March 7, 2017
Webinar 2: Canada Gap - March 9, 2017
Webinar 3: Safe Quality Food (SQF) code - March 23, 2017