• 2017 Celebrity Luncheon with Colonel Chris Hadfield

    Please join the Grape Growers of Ontario and Colonel Chris Hadfield as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary and 'growing into the future' at Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Road in St. Catharines, on Wednesday, September 13th at 11:30 a.m. for a wine reception, followed by lunch at 12:00 p.m.
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  • GGO 70th Anniversary Family Picnic

    All Ontario grape growers are invited to celebrate the GGO's 70th Anniversary at a family picnic on
    THURSDAY, AUGUST 24th.
    Invitations with RSVP details will be mailed in the coming weeks. For more information, contact 905-688-0990 ext 224 or info@grapegrowersofontario.com

     

  • 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.

     

Winery cuts electrical use by 80 per cent

July 13, 2017 - Penny Coles, Niagara Advance

Bill Redelmeier has been building a reputation for environmental stewardship since Southbrook Vineyards opened in Niagara-on-the-Lake almost a decade ago.

Southbrook already holds the designation of being the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-level winery in Canada, and its vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic - even the sheep, who roam through the rows of vines eating weeds and bugs, are fed organically-grown hay.

But the winery owner has recently taken a huge step forward in energy conservation with two projects that have resulted in a net reduction in the company’s electricity use of 80 per cent.

OFA - Speak up for ag this summer

July 6, 2017 - By Crispin Colvin, Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

The barbecue and summer event season is upon us. For most Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) members it’s time for catching up and enjoying local Ontario fare. This social season is also an opportunity to advocate for issues impacting Ontario agriculture and your farm business.

The summer barbecue season often features community events with politicians, municipal councillors and political advisors. These are excellent opportunities for OFA members to speak up and start a conversation about our agri-food industry.

This summer OFA is focusing our messages on three issues – phosphorus reduction in the Great Lakes and surrounding waterways, the Changing Workplaces Review and rural economic development.

Cuvée Award of Excellence Nominations

 
Nominations are now being accepted for the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award. The award will be presented at the 2018 Cuvée Grand Tasting where the Ontario wine industry showcases the best Ontario VQA wines. It is in that same spirit we take the opportunity to recognize a grower who promotes excellence in their vineyard practices. 
 
Please click here for a nomination form by the deadline of July 20, 2017.
 

2017-18 Grape King Nominations NOW OPEN!

 
Nominations are now open for the 2017-18 Grape King.
 
Please submit the nomination form with the name of the Ontario grape grower that you feel would be an excellent candidate for the 2017 Grape Grower of the Year. This position, also recognized as the Grape King, represents an over 60-year tradition of excellence for Ontario’s grape and wine industry. The Grape King is an ambassador for all grape growers in Ontario and represents the industry at events throughout the year. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 14, 2017.
 

Colonel Chris Hadfield to celebrate the Grape Growers of Ontario’s 70th Anniversary at the 2017 Celebrity Luncheon


St. Catharines, ON (June 22, 2017): The first and only Canadian to ever command the International Space Station is scheduled to bring the marvels of science and space travel to guests as the Grape Growers of Ontario ‘grow into the future’ at the 2017 Celebrity Luncheon.

The Grape Growers of Ontario in partnership with Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are thrilled to welcome Colonel Chris Hadfield to Niagara to celebrate the GGO’s 70th Anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday which kicks off the 66th Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.

“Our history as grape growers is woven into the fabric of Canada’s 150 years, and what better way to ‘grow into the future’ than with the man who tweeted from space for five months aboard the International Space Station,” says Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair, Grape Growers of Ontario. 

AgriInvest Program – Use It or Risk Losing It!

June 21, 2017 - Canadian Horticultural Council

The purpose of the AgriInvest Program is to provide farmers with the first level of support for downward fluctuations in income. Under Growing Forward 2, the AgriInvest Program matching contribution rates were reduced from 1.5% and a maximum annual contribution of $22,500 to 1% with a maximum annual contribution of $15,000.
 
The government has noted that there is approximately $2.1 billion in farmers' accounts and questions the need to increase the level of support when growers are not accessing the full amounts available to them. By not maximizing the funds in their accounts, farmers are insufficiently demonstrating the need for the program and are at risk of losing the program entirely. This was the case with the old Net Income Stabilization Account (NISA) Program. Because farmers had accumulated $3 billion in their accounts, the government questioned the need for the NISA Program and subsequently discontinued it.  
 
CHC strongly encourages all Canadian farmers to fully use the funds in their AgriInvest accounts. This will send a strong message to government about the importance of the program, and the importance of restoring matching contribution rates to previous levels. 

Boosting Competitiveness and Innovation for Ontario's VQA Wineries


June 20, 2017 - Province Supporting Growth and Job Creation in Ontario Wine Industry

Ontario is helping the province's wineries and grape growers enhance their productivity and competitiveness through increasing supports for activities like marketing, business scaling and innovation.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal was at Sandbanks Estate Winery today to kick off Ontario Wine Week and announce updates to Ontario's Wine and Grape Strategy. These changes will better support Ontario's wine and grape producers so that they can continue to grow, create jobs and meet increasing consumer demand for world-class Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines.

Wayne Gretzky Grand Opening

The Grape Growers of Ontario congratulate Wayne Gretzky and Peller Estates on the Grand Opening of Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery on June 7, 2017 in Niagara on the Lake.

Pictured (L to R): John Peller, Debbie Zimmerman, Wayne Gretzky, Matthias Oppenlaender

Canada's Sesquicentennial - GGO Feature

The Grape Growers of Ontario are honoured to be featured in the June 2017 Business Link Niagara's Canada's Sesquicentennial Collectors Edition in celebration of our 70th Anniversary.

Click here to view the GGO's 70th Anniversary Feature.

2017 Ontario Wine Awards

 

The Grape Growers of Ontario congratulate all winners of the 2017 Ontario Wine Awards, held May 31 at Niagara College's Benchmark Restaurant.

Special congratulations to the winners of the Grape Growers of Ontario sponsored 'Red Wine of the Year' award, Chateau des Charmes 2012 Equuleus, and 'White Wine of the Year' award, Tawse 2015 Quarry Road Riesling. 
Shiraz Mottiar of Malivoire Wine was named 'Winemaker of the Year', and James Chatto received the 'Wine Journalism' award.

Click here to read the full press release and full list of 2017 results.