Grape Grower of the Year (2007-2008)

Kevin John Watson

Location:
1516 Line 2, Niagara on the Lake.

Age:
39 years old.

Family:
Kevin is married to Cathy and has 2 children.

History:
This year's grape king, Kevin Watson, is the second grape king in the Watson family. His late father, John Watson, was grape king in 1989.

The art of grape growing began in the Watson family in 1978 when John Watson planted his first grapes. Since that time, the vineyard acreage has increased to 80 acres.

Kevin grew up with a farming family and graduated from Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture in 1990. In 1995, Kevin returned to the vineyard when his father became ill.

Grape Varieties Planted:
Kevin Watson currently grows 12 different varieties for Vincor (Jackson Triggs and Inniskillin) with main varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.


Comments on the Wine and Grape Industry:
Since great wines are made from great grapes, we as grape growers are responsible for the future of this industry. Our job is to produce the best fruit possible through site selection, crop thinning and vine management. There has and always will be weather related challenges, and we must overcome these with the highest quality grape harvest in mind.

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Kevin Watson, The Grape King (2007-2008)

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