Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines

The Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines ceremony was held at Queen's Park on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The Grape Growers of Ontario congratulate all nominees and winners of the 2017 awards.

  • Chateau des Charmes - Gamay Noir “Droit” St. David’s Bench Vineyard, 2015
  • Creekside Estate Winery - Iconoclast Semillon Sauvingon Blanc, 2015
  • Flat Rock Cellars - The Rusty Shed Chardonnay, 2014
  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery - Riesling Estate, 2016
  • Inniskillin - Sparkling Vidal Icewine, 2014
  • Kew Vineyards Estate Winery - Heritage, 2012
  • Magnotta Winery - Blac de Blanca, NV
  • NOMAD at Hinterbrook - Cabernet Franc, 2013
  • Trius Winery - Showcase Clean Slate Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, 2015
  • Trius Winery - Showcase Vidal Icewine, 2014
  • Trius Winery - Showcase Riesling Ghost Creek Vineyard, 2014

About the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines:

Aimed at promoting Ontario viticulture and winemaking, the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines was established in 2011. This awards program recognizes VQA Ontario wines (made from 100% Ontario-grown and processed grapes).

Since 2016, the Lieutenant Governor's Award is part of the annual Ontario Wine Awards as a "top-tier" award, with the highest-scoring wines in each year's varietal categories competing against each other. Between eight to 12 wines are selected for their overall excellence.

The awards are administered by the Ontario Wine Awards with the support of the Grape Growers of Ontario, the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario, and the Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario. Drawing upon its expertise, the Ontario Wine Awards selects the judging panel.

Representatives of winning wine are recognized by the Lieutenant Governor in a ceremony at Queen's Park, and are permitted to affix a label to the winning wine's bottle bearing the official heraldic badge of the award.