• 2017 Award of Merit

    Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, is pleased to announce that this year’s Award recipient is Paul Bosc Sr., in well-deserved recognition of the contributions he has made over the last fifty years to the Ontario grape and wine industry. 

  • Localgrapes.ca Winter Feature


    Meet the folks behind the grapes
    and view our Icewine grape harvest video
    at localgrapes.ca


  • 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. 


  • Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP)

    MVIP provides Ontario's grape growers with 35% cost-share funding to help with the cost of improvements to their production of wine grapes. The 2015 intake opened May 19, 2015 and is now closed. Due to a strong demand for the available funds, the joint Government-Industry Steering Committee has decided that the program will not open a second intake for year 2.


New pesticide safety manual for farm workers

February 21, 2017fruitandveggie.com

The Ontario Pesticide Education Program has released a new manual for farm workers.

If you work on a farm where pesticides are used, you need to know how to work safely around pesticides. The information in this manual explains how farm workers can work safely on a farm that uses pesticides.

The manual can be downloaded from their website (5 MB). For those without Internet access or with a need for a print version, you can request the manual from OPEP at 1-800-652-8573 (Ontario only) or 519-674-2230.

A Spanish version will be released very soon. 

CCOVI Lecture Series

Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute's 2017 Lecture Series are now underway.

The Lecture Series are open to the public and have free admission. Lectures start at 2 p.m. EST except for Feb. 24 and are held in the Mackenzie Chown Complex room H313, Brock University or you can watch live on the web at brocku.ca/ccovi. Archived video presentations will also be available online.

For the full 2017 Lecture Series schedule, click here.


NPF&VGA Dave Lambert Memorial Scholarship

The Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association "Dave Lambert Memorial Scholarship" awards a $1,500.00 scholarship to a student accepted to, or enrolled in post-secondary agricultural studies who demonstrates a passion and commitment to the industry. The application intake period will be open from March 1st - May 30th, 2017. Due to the volume of applications, those that are submitted before or after this intake period will not be considered. Please click here for the scholarship application and further details.

Brenda Lammens

It is with sadness that Grape Growers of Ontario has learned of the passing of Brenda Lammens on February 11, 2017.   Brenda  has been an active advocate of the fruit and vegetable industry serving as a Director and Chair on various provincial agricultural boards including the Agrifood Management Institute (AMI), Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (OFVGA), Ontario Agriculture Commodity Council, and Ontario Asparagus Growers Marketing Board. She has also represented horticulture on the Agricultural Adaptation Council. Brenda was awarded the 2017 OFVGA Award of Merit for her industry involvement and commitment to the betterment of her community and the horticulture industry.

Friends and relatives are invited to share memories of Brenda at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Memorial Service for Brenda will be held at First Baptist Church, 100 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Camp Trillium or VON Sakura House would be appreciated by the Lammens family.   

Ontario Expanding Beer and Cider Sales to 80 More Grocery Stores

February 6, 2017

LCBO Issues Request for Bids for Grocers

Ontario is moving forward on its commitment to improve convenience and choice for people across the province by expanding sale of beer and cider to 80 more grocery stores. 

Currently 130 grocery stores across Ontario are authorized to sell beer and cider, of which 70 stores can also sell wine. Starting today, grocers can bid for 80 additional authorizations to sell beer and cider.

This would bring the total to up to 210 grocery stores that would be authorized to sell beer and cider. Authorized grocery store locations will be announced in May, with sales expected to start this summer.

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We grow the wines you love in fall

Fall is like a glass of Cabernet: aromatic, earthy and festive.
Fall is when the air is crisp and the sun golden.
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Thank you to Tawse Winery, Vineland and Glenlake Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

We grow the wines you love in summer

Summer is like a glass of chilled Chardonnay: bright, vivid and joyous.
Summer is when the air is buzzing and the sun shining.
Summer is when green grapes emerge from grapevine flowers, slowly take on their darker shade, and develop bright flavours.
Summer is when we spend our days nurturing the most flavourful grapes that will transform into the wines you love.
This Summer, enjoy fine days in the sun with a crisp glass of local, VQA wine.

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