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Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario – Certified

Many Ontario winemakers and grape growers choose to take their environmentally-friendly practices one step further by participating in the voluntary Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario Certified program

Background

In 2007, the Ontario Craft Wineries (OCW) and Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) worked in partnership to create the Sustainable Winemaking Ontario: 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 – Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario (SWO) Certified. This program is built around the three core pillars of sustainability – Environment, Economy, and Community. Practices within these pillars reflect how SWO Certified wineries and growers are invested in respecting our natural resources, building sustainable businesses, and are committed to social responsibility. Evolving SWO Certified to include both winery and vineyard certification ensures that the complete grape to glass cycle is sustainable. Look for the Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario Certified logo on your favourite Ontario VQA wine bottle starting with the 2021 vintage.

Source: https://sustainablewinegrowingontario.ca/about/

Program explanation

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

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

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

Source: https://sustainablewinegrowingontario.ca/about/

Certified growers/wine glossary

  • Andrewes Farms Ltd.
  • Bob Nedelko
  • Briar Creek Farms Inc
  • Cave Spring Cellars
  • Chateau des Charmes Wines Ltd.
  • Ergenocan Investments Inc.
  • Erwin Wiens Vineyards Ltd.
  • Ferox Estates Winery
  • Flat Rock Cellars
  • Fruithaven Farms Ltd.
  • Glenlake Orchards
  • Henry of Pelham Estate Winery
  • Huebel Farms Estates
  • Huebel Grape Estates
  • Honsberger Estates
  • Hughes Vineyards
  • J.D. Whitty Farms
  • K.J. Watson Farms Limited
  • Keczan Farm
  • Lado Viscek Jr.
  • Larry Dubois
  • Lawrie Vineyards
  • Malivoire Wine Company
  • Mark Picone
  • Niagara College Teaching Vineyard & Winery
  • Nokara Farms Ltd.
  • Oxley Estate Winery
  • Paragon Estate Vineyards
  • Peele Island Winery + Vineyards Inc.
  • Reif Vineyards Inc.
  • Seeger Farms Ltd.
  • Southbrook Vineyards
  • Strewn Winery Inc.
  • Thwaites Farms Ltd.
  • Tim Andrews and Sandra Edgeworth
  • Tregunno Fruit Farms Inc.
  • Vineland Estates Winery
  • W Farms
  • Warren Ridge Inc.
  • William Falk Farms
  • William J. Baranick
  • William P. Baranick

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