• 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.
    Click here for ticket order forms




  • GGO 70th Anniversary Family Picnic

    All Ontario grape growers are invited to celebrate the GGO's 70th Anniversary at a family picnic on
    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.


VQA Ontario — News & Tips — June 2017

In this issue:

  • 2016 Ontario Wine Industry Performance Study Now Available
  • LCBO Strike Contingency
  • If You Export To Asia
  • Save The Date – VQA Annual General Meeting July 26 In Lake Erie North Shore
  • Tips Of The Month

OFVGA raises alarm about minimum wage increases

May 30, 2017 - Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association

Today's announcement made by Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's premier, that the miniumum wage will rise to $14/hour as of January 1, 2018 and then $15/hour as of January 1, 2019 has negative consequences for the province's $1.5 billion horticultural industry.

"Sixty percent of growers' costs is attributed to labour," says Jay VanderHout, Chair of the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association (OFVGA). "Our horticultural industry has no way of mitigating the impact. This announcement comes on the heels of cap-and-trade which further limits our competiveness in North American markets. This policy development threatens the existence of many farms and foretells of closures to come."

Save the Date: Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series at CCOVI

Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is pleased to announce the 10th anniversary installment of the Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series. The lecture series presents a leading international viticultural speaker to lend their expertise through vineyard visits and a public letcure on key issues related to premiun vinifera grape production.

Click here for more information.


Caution - AAFC closely monitoring AgriStability claims

May 26, 2017 - Canadian Horticultural Council

The Canadian Horticultural Council has advised that it has recently come to light that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been tracking the use of Business Risk Management tools by farmers. In particular, AAFC has been interested in knowing when an AgriStability claim has been submitted, and whether these growers have been accessing their AgriInvest accounts first when they have a serious loss of reference margin.
In government's view, when disaster strikes, a grower should first access AgriInsurance, if they have it, and then AgriInvest. A grower should only submit an AgriStability claim once these two resources have been leveraged.

Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study

VQA Ontario - May 19, 2017

The second annual industry survey conducted by VQA Ontario and Deloitte on sector health and profitability is now available on the VQAO website.

The Ontario Wine and Grape Strategy was renewed by the Ontario Government for five years commencing in 2015/16. In support of the strategy, VQA Ontario was asked to develop and implement the first annual Ontario Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study. The survey and report were developed by VQA Ontario and Deloitte in 2015 in consultation with representatives of the wine and grape industry and the Government of Ontario.

The study is aimed at providing benchmarking and performance data to support the reporting commitments of the Wine and Grape Strategy and to improve the industry's access to sector performance information. The report provides an overview of the financial state of the industry, including the impact of tourism and hospitality.

Download the 2016 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study.

Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program 2017-2019

Ontario’s Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP) was created under the Wine and Grape Strategy to promote Ontario VQA and support vineyard production improvements. Agricorp is delivering the vineyard improvement component of the program.

The 2017/18 and 2018/19 MVIP guidelines are now available on Agricorp's website

For more information, click here or contact Agricorp at 1-888-247-4999 or mvip@agricorp.com

Strong, Proud & Free - Help Niagara Grape & Wine Festival celebrate Canada's 150th!


The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is pleased to invite everyone in Niagara, or who hails from Niagara, to dig deep and reflect on our amazing roots as we come together to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday!

In honour of Canada turning 150, the Festival is making a short film of epic proportions and are looking for a handful of Niagara citizens past or present who are strong in their roots, proud in their heritage and free to live a Canadian life. 

Submission deadline: June 18, 2017 at 11:59pm. See more at: http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/application-forms/my-canada-story-strong-proud-and-free#sthash.BR863iqX.dpuf

Spring edition of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Newsletter

Included in this issue:

  • Cuvee
  • SIVE Conference
  • 28th Annual Experts Tasting
  • Awards & Scholarship Winners
  • Publications

Click here to view the Spring edition of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Newsletter.

VQA Ontario — News & Tips — May 2017

In this issue:


AgriInvest PIN Required to File Forms Electronically to CRA

The following information applies to individual producers in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

Starting with the 2016 program year, producers must provide their Participant Identification Number (PIN) to electronically file their AgriInvest form to the Canadian Revenue Agency. The PIN is a participant's unique identifier for AgriInvest. It allows to automatically match a participant's 2016 information to their prior year records and prevents processing delays.