Certified Sustainable

Certified Sustainable

Many Ontario grape growers and winemakers have chosen to take their environmentally-friendly practices one step further by participating in the voluntary sustainability certification program

Background

In 2007, the Ontario Craft Wineries (OCW) and Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) worked in partnership to create 'An Environmental Charter for the Wine Industry' and the 'Ontario Viticulture Sustainability Certification Program'. These proactive programs were developed for wineries and vineyards to provide information on environmental requirements, and identify new sustainable opportunities while complying with existing government regulations. 

In 2021, the OCW and GGO merged the two programs to create one unified program. This program is built around the three core pillars of sustainability – Environment, Economy, and Community. Practices within these pillars reflect how certified wineries and growers are invested in respecting our natural resources, building sustainable businesses, and are committed to social responsibility. Evolving the program to include both winery and vineyard certification ensures that the complete grape to glass cycle is sustainable. Look for 'Certified Sustainable' at Ontario vineyards and on your favourite Ontario VQA wine bottle starting with the 2021 vintage.

Program explanation

This program is built around the three core pillars of sustainability – Environment, Economy, and Community. 

Practices within these pillars reflect how certified wineries and growers are invested in respecting our natural resources, building sustainable businesses, and are committed to social responsibility. 

Evolving the program to include both winery and vineyard certification ensures that the complete grape to glass cycle is sustainable. Look for 'Certified Sustainable' at Ontario vineyards and on your favourite Ontario VQA wine bottle starting with the 2021 vintage.

Certified growers/wine glossary

  • Andrew Peller Ltd
  • Andrewes Farm Ltd.
  • Bob Nedelko
  • Briar Creek Farms Inc.
  • Cave Spring Cellars
  • Chateau Des Charmes Wines Ltd.
  • Daniel Stouck
  • Dionisios Koulovassilopoulos And Vasiliki Lenis
  • Erwin Wiens Vineyards Ltd.
  • Ferox Estate Winery
  • Flat Rock Vineyard Ltd.
  • Fruithaven Farms Ltd.
  • George Ostrowski
  • Glen View Vineyards Inc.
  • Glenlake Orchards
  • Henry Of Pelham Estate Winery
  • Hidden Bench Vineyards + Winery Inc
  • Huebel Grapes Estates
  • Hughes Vineyards
  • Hunter Farms Ltd.
  • Icellars Estate Winery Inc.
  • D. Whitty Farms
  • Jason Roller
  • Jordan Heights Vineyards
  • J. Watson Farms Limited
  • Keczan Farm
  • Larry Dubois
  • Lawrie Vineyards
  • Leaning Post Wines Inc.
  • Lepp Farms
  • Malivoire Wine Company
  • Mark Picone
  • Niagara College Teaching Winery
  • Nokara Farms Ltd.
  • Ornelas Farms Inc
  • Oxley Farms
  • Pelee Island Winery + Vineyard Inc.
  • Reif Vineyards Inc.
  • Reuther Farms Ltd.
  • Riverview Farms
  • Southbrook Vineyards
  • Strewn Inc.
  • Thwaites Farms Ltd.
  • Tim Andrews And Sandra Edgeworth
  • Tregunno Fruit Farms Inc.
  • Vineland Estates Winery
  • W Farms
  • Warren Ridge Inc.
  • Wiens Farms
  • William Falk Farms Ltd.
  • William J. Baranick
  • William P. Baranick
  • 2819174 Ontario Inc.

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