• Localgrapes.ca Winter Feature


    Meet the folks behind the grapes
    and view our Icewine grape harvest video
    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 winter

This winter, enjoy warm evenings with a heartwarming glass of local, Ontario VQA Icewine!
visit localgrapes.ca for our winter feature including things to do, pairings to taste, tips & varietals, grapevine tidbits, and growers' stories. 


NPF&VGA Award of Merit honouring Bill George

The Niagara Peninsula Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association invites grape growers to join them in celebrating the career of renowned Niagara grape grower Bill George Jr.

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Ball's Falls, Glen Elgin Room, 3292 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/npf-vga-award-of-merit-honouring-bill-george-jr-tickets-31618084542

Tickets are complimentary. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served during the award ceremony.

Please be sure to RSVP no later than February 24th, 2017 as tickets are limited.

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

New pesticide safety manual for farm workers

February 21, 2017fruitandveggie.com

The Ontario Pesticide Education Program has released a new manual for farm workers.

If you work on a farm where pesticides are used, you need to know how to work safely around pesticides. The information in this manual explains how farm workers can work safely on a farm that uses pesticides.

The manual can be downloaded from their website (5 MB). For those without Internet access or with a need for a print version, you can request the manual from OPEP at 1-800-652-8573 (Ontario only) or 519-674-2230.

A Spanish version will be released very soon. 

CCOVI Lecture Series

Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute's 2017 Lecture Series are now underway.

The Lecture Series are open to the public and have free admission. Lectures start at 2 p.m. EST except for Feb. 24 and are held in the Mackenzie Chown Complex room H313, Brock University or you can watch live on the web at brocku.ca/ccovi. Archived video presentations will also be available online.

For the full 2017 Lecture Series schedule, click here.

Call for Proposals: Clean Technology Demonstration Program

BLOOM is issuing a call for proposals to support the completion of clean technology demonstration projects in Ontario.

As a requirement, proposals will be submitted by 2 co-applicants: a cleantech solution provider and a customer 'host' that is representative of a broader sector. Projects can also include other strategic partners to support the demonstration. 

BLOOM will be providing grant funding on a 50:50 cost-share basis, up to $150,000 per project. The 50% share from the co-applicants and other project partners can be a combination of cash and in-kind.

Proposals will be evaluated by an independent Review Committee in conjunction with BLOOM and are due on March 15, 2017. Successful proponents will be notified by April 15, 2017. For additional information, click here.

NPF&VGA Dave Lambert Memorial Scholarship

The Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association "Dave Lambert Memorial Scholarship" awards a $1,500.00 scholarship to a student accepted to, or enrolled in post-secondary agricultural studies who demonstrates a passion and commitment to the industry. The application intake period will be open from March 1st - May 30th, 2017. Due to the volume of applications, those that are submitted before or after this intake period will not be considered. Please click here for the scholarship application and further details.

Brenda Lammens

It is with sadness that Grape Growers of Ontario has learned of the passing of Brenda Lammens on February 11, 2017.   Brenda  has been an active advocate of the fruit and vegetable industry serving as a Director and Chair on various provincial agricultural boards including the Agrifood Management Institute (AMI), Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (OFVGA), Ontario Agriculture Commodity Council, and Ontario Asparagus Growers Marketing Board. She has also represented horticulture on the Agricultural Adaptation Council. Brenda was awarded the 2017 OFVGA Award of Merit for her industry involvement and commitment to the betterment of her community and the horticulture industry.

Friends and relatives are invited to share memories of Brenda at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Memorial Service for Brenda will be held at First Baptist Church, 100 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Camp Trillium or VON Sakura House would be appreciated by the Lammens family.   

2017 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention - February 22 & 23

Pre-register today and SAVE $30 off a 2-day or $20 off a single day package 

Registration includes access to the sold-out trade show, all educational sessions as well as FREE parking, FREE coat-check, FREE apples and FREE smiles!  
Farmers & Friends reception is on Wednesday, February 22 at 5 pm.
Meet The Buyer takes place on Thursday, February 23 at 11 am.

Find full show details here

For more informaiton, contact Glenna Cairnie at 905-945-5363 or glenna@ofvc.ca

Ontario Expanding Beer and Cider Sales to 80 More Grocery Stores

February 6, 2017

LCBO Issues Request for Bids for Grocers

Ontario is moving forward on its commitment to improve convenience and choice for people across the province by expanding sale of beer and cider to 80 more grocery stores. 

Currently 130 grocery stores across Ontario are authorized to sell beer and cider, of which 70 stores can also sell wine. Starting today, grocers can bid for 80 additional authorizations to sell beer and cider.

This would bring the total to up to 210 grocery stores that would be authorized to sell beer and cider. Authorized grocery store locations will be announced in May, with sales expected to start this summer.