2018 Annual General Meeting and District Meetings

Grape Growers of Ontario's 70th Annual General Meeting

The Grape Growers of Ontario 70th Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm at Club Roma in St. Catharines, Ontario (map). 

District Meeting Dates:

District 5 - Tuesday, March 27 at 2:00 pm at North 42 Degrees Winery, 130 Essex County Rd 50, Harrow (map)

District 6 - Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm at the Ramada Trenton, 99 Glen Miller Drive, Trenton (map)

RSVP for District meetings to info@grapegrowersofontario.com.

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

Ontario and Canada Supporting Local Food and Beverage Businesses

February 16, 2018 - St. Catharines, ON: Member of Parliament Chris Bittle and Member of Provincial Parliament Jim Bradley were at 13th Street Winery today to announce funding provided through Growing Forward 2, for 13th Street Winery and Kings Court Estate Winery to purchase and install a hopper, tanks, insulated bins, upgrade temperature control systems to increase labour productivity, increase productivity and leverage innovation to grow their businesses and the local economy.

Click here to read more.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. The Partnership features:

  • simplified and streamlined programs and services that are easier to access
  • key enhancements to programs that help farmers manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage

Do grapes SCREAM for frost tolerance?

The next speaker in CCOVI's 2018 Lecture series is Annette Nassuth, a CCOVI Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph. She will be speaking at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 12

Lectures are free to attend in person at Brock University, Room H313 or online via video conference (details can be found here: https://brocku.ca/ccovi/outreach/lecture/). 

If you missed last week’s lecture featuring Ronald Jackson, his slides and video presentation will soon be posted to the CCOVI website:  https://brocku.ca/ccovi/outreach/lecture/

VQAO News — February 2018

In this issue:

  • Time to renew your VQA Ontario membership
  • LCBO new payment procedures do not encompass VQA fees
  • Online security alert
  • Enhancements to VQA services online platform
  • Calling all winemakers – who wants to host a winemakers' forum?
  • Icewine grape registration – enter your harvest information
  • Wine Council introduces their first annual Ontario craft wine conference and trade show
  • VQA wine research project – can you help us by providing samples?

Read more for the full issue of the February 2018 VQAO News.

VQA Winery Opportunities & Updates

Click here to view the February 1, 2018 VQA Winery Opportunities and Updates.

Email info@wmao.ca to be added to the weekly newsletter.

2018 Agri-Food Ski Day - Thursday, February 15

The Agri-Food Ski Day is an annual event organized by an adhoc group of agri-food professionals.  The committee mandate is for the agri-food industry to network and have a great day of skiing all in one.  There is a mountain of food, fun, prizes, great skiing, boarding,and snowshoeing, at a private ski club (no line-ups and a new high speed chair lift)… Osler Bluff at Blue Mountain Collingwood.

Anyone in agriculture who is a skier/boarder is welcome to participate and network across the entire agri-food industry, and all donations to the silent auction, all proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities it would be greatly appreciated.

More information can be found at www.agri-foodskiday.ca or by contacting Kelly Alves at 519-821-8883 ext 204.


2018 Winter CCOVI News


Please click here to read the Winter 2017-18 newsletter from the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, which includes updates on:

  • CCOVI Funding Announcement by Honourable Reza Moridi
  • Loss of an industry icon, Dr. Karl Kaiser
  • CCOVI toasts five years of Fizz
  • Annual lecture series 
  • CCOVI researchers "MOG" mitigation

Ontario grant helps Brock create first-of-its-kind wine consumer lab

January 8, 2018 - CCOVI Brock University

Brock University President Gervan Fearon, left, and Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science Reza Moridi, right, listen as Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute Director Debbie Inglis, explains the virtual reality technology they’re trying out. Moridi was at Brock Monday, Jan. 8 to announce $137 million in funding through the Ontario Research Fund, which includes nearly $1 million to develop a first-of-its-kind sensory lab at Brock.

Read more here.