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. Visit our Instagram page to hear what it means to Ontario grape growers to be sustainable.

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.

Explore sustainable vineyard practices by clicking on the plus signs in the graphic below:

Certified Growers

Niagara-on-the-Lake    
  • A.J. Lepp Orchards Ltd.
  • James E. Slingerland
  • Puma Farm
  • Arterra Wines Vineyards
  • Jenkins Vineyards Niagara Inc.
  • Reddecopp Vineyards
  • Chateau des Charmes Wines
  • K.J. Watson Farms Ltd.
  • Reuther Farms Ltd.
  • De Simone Vineyards
  • Knizat Farm Inc.
  • Riverview Cellars Winery
  • Erwin Wiens Vineyards Ltd.
  • Lakeview Harvesters Ltd.
  • Seeger Farms Ltd.
  • Ferox Winery
  • Larry Dubois
  • Smith Vineyards Inc.
  • Froese Farms
  • Lawrie Vineyard
  • Southbrook Vineyards
  • Fruithaven Farms Ltd.
  • Lepp Farms
  • Strewn Inc.
  • G.W. Farms Inc.
  • Niagara College Teaching Winery
  • The French Connection Vineyards Inc.
  • Glenlake Orchards
  • Ornelas Farms Inc.
  • Toppensher Vineyards
  • Huebel Grapes Estates
  • P.G. Enns Farms Ltd.
  • Tregunno Fruit Farms Inc.
  • Hunter Farms
  • Parkway Estate Vineyards Inc.
  • W Farms
  • Icellars Estate Winery Inc.
  • Pillitteri Estates Winery
  • Warren Ridge Inc.
  • Jackson Bai Farm Inc.
  • Puglisi Farms
  • Wiens Farms
   
  • William Falk Farms Ltd.
     
St. Catharines    
  • G.+ H. Wiley Ltd.
  • Glen View Vineyards Inc.
  • J.D. Whitty Farms
     
Lincoln    
  • Cave Spring Vineyard
  • Jason Roller
  • Picone Vineyard
  • Creekside Estate Winery
  • Jordan Heights Vineyards
  • Quarry Ridge Inc.
  • Elmwood Farms
  • Jordan Valley Vineyards
  • Stouck Estate
  • Featherstone Vineyard
  • Keczan Farms
  • Tony Molek
  • Flat Rock Vineyard Ltd.
  • Le Clos Jordanne Vineyards
  • Vailmont Vineyards Inc.
  • Foreign Affair Winery Ltd.
  • Malivoire Wine Company
  • Vineland Estates Winery
  • George Farms II Ltd.
  • Megalomaniac Wines
  • Walker Aggregates Inc.
  • Hipple Farms Ltd.
  • Mio Vineyard
  • William J. Baranick
  • Honsberger Estates
  • Nedelko Vineyard
  • William P. Baranick
     
Grimsby-Hamilton    
  • Leaning Post Wines Inc.
   
     
Southwestern Ontario    
  • Oxley Farms
  • Pelee Island Winery & Vineyards 
 
     
Prince Edward County    
  • Closson Chase Vineyards Inc.
  • Exultet Estates
  • Rosehall Run Vineyards Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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