Letter from the Honourable Jeff Leal to the Grape Growers of Ontario membership


On March 28, 2017, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs provided the Grape Growers of Ontario with a letter supporting regulated marketing in Ontario. The following is an excerpt of the letter, and the full letter can be read here.

"These actions do not impact any other marketing boards regulated under the Farm Products Marketing Act. As I have stated on numerous occasions, our government has not wavered from its commitment to maintain regulated marketing in Ontario. This includes the ability of marketing boards to negotiate collectively on behalf of their members where such a requirement is included in the powers delegated to that board, as is the case for the Grape Growers of Ontario."  Minister Jeff Leal, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

We grow the wines you love in winter

This winter, enjoy warm evenings with a heartwarming glass of local, Ontario VQA Icewine!
visit localgrapes.ca for our winter feature including things to do, pairings to taste, tips & varietals, grapevine tidbits, and growers' stories. 


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:


Grape Growers of Ontario re-elect Matthias Oppenlaender as Board Chair

The Grape Growers of Ontario are pleased to announce that Matthias Oppenlaender has been re-elected as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2017/18.

Matthias was selected as Grape King by his fellow grape growers in 2006 as an ambassador to represent the industry at events across the country. The following year Matthias was elected to the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Growers’ Committee and to the Board of Directors. In 2009 Matthias became Vice Chair of the Board, a position he held until being elected Chair in 2016. Matthias, his wife Monica and their five children live in Niagara-on-the-Lake where they farm over 400 acres of vineyards, and own Country Tyme Vineyards and Huebel Grape Estates.

Grape Growers of Ontario honour Paul Bosc Sr. with 2017 Award of Merit

St. Catharines, ON (April 10, 2017): The Grape Growers of Ontario Award of Merit is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements made by an individual to the Ontario grape growing industry.

Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario Chair, 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. Paul is a fitting winner as the Grape Growers of Ontario celebrate their 70th Anniversary this year.