• Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program 2017-2019

    Ontario’s Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP) was created under the Wine and Grape Strategy to promote Ontario VQA and support vineyard production improvements. Agricorp is delivering the vineyard improvement component of the program.

    Please visit Agricorp's website for the application form and 2017/18 and 2018/19 MVIP guidelines.



  • 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. 


  • Grape Growers 70th Anniversary Sign Contest

    Challenging all Ontario grape growers!

    Help celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Grape Growers of Ontario by beautifying your farm gate sign.

    Click here for contest details and sign application form.


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


March 28, 2017

Dear Mr. Oppenlaender and Ms. Zimmerman:

Thank you for writing in follow up to our conversation about Ontario’s processing vegetable sector. 

To be very clear, the policy of our government is to support regulated marketing and the 21 marketing boards which currently exist in Ontario.

Last August I reiterated this support when issuing the directive to the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (OFPMC) in respect to proposed changes to Regulation 440:

“Develop a plan for engagement and consultation with interested parties and stakeholders concerning any proposed amendments to the regulatory framework for the vegetables for processing industry. To be clear, it is the expectation of the Government of Ontario that such amendments, if any, will be consistent with the needs of both producers and processors and will contribute to the government of Ontario’s broad policy objectives of supporting regulated marketing and increasing the number of agriculture-related jobs in Ontario.” 

This directive remains in place, and I am looking forward to receiving the OFPMC’s recommendations that will address the 2018 crop year and beyond.

Over the fall and early winter, I have been closely monitoring the situation with regard to the 2017 contract negotiations between Ontario’s growers and processors in the processing vegetable sector. I heard from growers, processors and the OFPMC that some negotiations had reached an impasse, jeopardizing the 2017 crop season. 

That’s why on March 3, 2017, I acted to protect farm families, processing jobs and the sector’s approximately $89 million of farm gate receipts by appointing Elmer Buchanan as the temporary Trustee of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) Board. Mr. Buchanan assumed the existing powers of the OPVG Board, including the power to appoint producers to negotiating agencies, and had a mandate to complete the 2017 negotiations in a manner consistent with the current regulated marketing regime. It is expected that a newly elected board will be in place by the end of the year.

I want you to know that my actions were not entered into lightly and were in response to a unique situation in the processing vegetable sector. In an effort to respond to this pressing situation, our government acted to help save the 2017 crop season.  

My full statement is posted on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ website (www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/farmproducts/minister-state-2017.htm) if you would like to read it.

I am pleased that the impasse has been resolved and that the OPVG and our three major tomato processors worked together to reach negotiated agreements for the 2017 growing season. I appreciate everyone’s hard work during the negotiating process to ensure that a deal was reached. You can read my full statement about the negotiations on my ministry’s website (www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/farmproducts/minister-state2-2017.htm).

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. 

Again, thank you for writing.


Jeff Leal
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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. 


Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program 2017-2019

Ontario’s Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP) was created under the Wine and Grape Strategy to promote Ontario VQA and support vineyard production improvements. Agricorp is delivering the vineyard improvement component of the program.

The 2017/18 and 2018/19 MVIP guidelines are now available on Agricorp's website

For more information, click here or contact Agricorp at 1-888-247-4999 or mvip@agricorp.com

Strong, Proud & Free - Help Niagara Grape & Wine Festival celebrate Canada's 150th!


The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is pleased to invite everyone in Niagara, or who hails from Niagara, to dig deep and reflect on our amazing roots as we come together to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday!

In honour of Canada turning 150, the Festival is making a short film of epic proportions and are looking for a handful of Niagara citizens past or present who are strong in their roots, proud in their heritage and free to live a Canadian life. 

Submission deadline: June 18, 2017 at 11:59pm. See more at: http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/application-forms/my-canada-story-strong-proud-and-free#sthash.BR863iqX.dpuf

Spring edition of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Newsletter

Included in this issue:

  • Cuvee
  • SIVE Conference
  • 28th Annual Experts Tasting
  • Awards & Scholarship Winners
  • Publications

Click here to view the Spring edition of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Newsletter.

VQA Ontario — News & Tips — May 2017

In this issue:


Grape Growers of Ontario re-elect Matthias Oppenlaender as Board Chair

The Grape Growers of Ontario are pleased to announce that Matthias Oppenlaender has been re-elected as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2017/18.

Matthias was selected as Grape King by his fellow grape growers in 2006 as an ambassador to represent the industry at events across the country. The following year Matthias was elected to the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Growers’ Committee and to the Board of Directors. In 2009 Matthias became Vice Chair of the Board, a position he held until being elected Chair in 2016. Matthias, his wife Monica and their five children live in Niagara-on-the-Lake where they farm over 400 acres of vineyards, and own Country Tyme Vineyards and Huebel Grape Estates.

Grape Growers of Ontario honour Paul Bosc Sr. with 2017 Award of Merit

St. Catharines, ON (April 10, 2017): The Grape Growers of Ontario Award of Merit is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements made by an individual to the Ontario grape growing industry.

Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario Chair, is pleased to announce that this year’s Award recipient is Paul Bosc Sr., in well-deserved recognition of the contributions he has made over the last fifty years to the Ontario grape and wine industry. Paul is a fitting winner as the Grape Growers of Ontario celebrate their 70th Anniversary this year.


AgriInvest PIN Required to File Forms Electronically to CRA

The following information applies to individual producers in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

Starting with the 2016 program year, producers must provide their Participant Identification Number (PIN) to electronically file their AgriInvest form to the Canadian Revenue Agency. The PIN is a participant's unique identifier for AgriInvest. It allows to automatically match a participant's 2016 information to their prior year records and prevents processing delays. 

OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops for 2017

OMAFRA is hosting an Integrated Pest Management Workshop for Tender Fruit and Grape growers on May 9th at Rittenhouse Hall, Vineland.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://onfruit.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/omafra-ipm-scout-training-workshops-for-2017/