Kevin Buis Crowned 2014 Grape King

Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Farm Credit Canada, the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival are pleased to announce that Kevin Buis of Glenlake Vineyards in Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake has been named the 2014 Grape King.

“Farm Credit Canada has been a longtime supporter of Ontario’s grape farmers, and is extremely pleased to honour Kevin Buis as this year’s Grape King,” says John Geurtjens, Director, Agribusiness and Agri‐Food Ontario, Farm Credit Canada.

Kevin was born and raised in Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake, and grew up on the family farm. Following university, Kevin joined his brother Peter working on the farm that was started by their parents, Peter and Margaret, in 1957 and consists of 400 acres of wine grapes and some tender fruit.

Over the years, Kevin has been very involved in the agriculture industry, and has sat on various committees and boards including the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Advisory Committee and Ontario Tender Fruit Marketing Board. Kevin is a past president of the Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, and presently serves on the Town of Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake Irrigation Committee.

Kevin is married to Jacqueline Oscvirk, and between them have five children. Kevin enjoys travelling, sports and is an avid winemaker.

“We are thrilled to have Kevin Buis be the ambassador for Ontario’s grape growing industry as the 2014 Grape King,” says Grape Growers of Ontario Chair, Bill George. Debbie Zimmerman, Chief Executive Office of the Grape Growers of Ontario, says “The annual crowning of the Grape King is recognition of the best that Ontario’s grape growers have to offer.”

As Grape King, Buis will represent Ontario’s grape and wine industry at events across the country, starting with the Mayor’s Grape Stomp on September 20th and a float in the 63rd annual Grande Parade on September 27th.

“The Buis family name is synonymous with innovation and evolution in the Tender Fruit industry in Canada. We are very fortunate to have an award winning vineyard like Glenlake producing incredible fruit in Niagara. It is an honour for our Grape and Wine industry to be represented by Kevin Buis and his family across Canada,” says Kimberly Hundertmark, Executive Director of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.

Kevin Buis will be officially installed as the 58th Grape King on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 3 p.m at 720 Lakeshore Road, Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake. Details and directions can be found at www.grapegrowersofontario.com.

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About the Grape Growers of Ontario

The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 registered grower members on 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County. Follow Grape Growers of Ontario on Twitter @Grapegrowersont, like us on Facebook and get more information at www.grapegrowersofontario.com.

About Farm Credit Canada

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy portfolio of more than $26 billion and 21 consecutive years of portfolio growth. FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles, and to being socially and environmentally responsible. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri‐food operations. Employees understand agriculture and are committed to the success of customers and the industry. With FCC in the market, producers benefit, agriculture benefits, rural Canada benefits and so do all Canadians. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca. Follow Farm Credit Canada on Facebook and LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

For more information, please contact:
Debbie Zimmerman
CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario
d.zimmerman@grapegrowersofontario.com
905‐401‐2471