Whitty Named Grape King - St. Catharines Standard

By Standard Staff


A man whose work has “elevated the entire Ontario grape industry” was himself elevated to become the industry’s monarch.

Doug Whitty, owner of Whitty Farms and 13th Street Winery, was selected as the 2017 Grape King, and honoured with the title during a ceremony at his St. Catharines winery Wednesday afternoon.

“I believe that a key component to our continued success as an industry is related directly to our ability to work creatively together with all our partners so that enjoyment of local wine and food experiences are more fully recognized as an important part of Canadian culture,” Whitty said in a media release. “I am pleased yet humbled by this nomination. I have learned a great deal from other grape growers. It will be a great honour and privilege to represent them as Grape King this year.”

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