Aug 20 2019
Marquette coming to the VQA market

VQAO (Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario) received a request from a winery to amend the VQA regulation to add Marquette to the list of permitted grape varieties. The VQAO has strict policy guidelines when it comes to evaluating new varieties. The VQAO’s Standards Development Committee, comprised of 14 senior winemakers and industry representatives taste tested a […]

May 30 2019
Kick the Dirt ad with grower picture

KICK THE DIRT…is not your average winery tour. Many wine events are held in wineries, or tasting rooms, amidst gorgeous décor and lovely music. But, have you ever experienced a wine tasting while walking through the vineyard, and seeing the grapes up close? Heard the music that the wind makes, rustling against the leaves? Met […]

Apr 15 2018

In the words of the 15th-century theologian Martin Luther, “Beer is made by men, wine by God.” The sentiment is lovely, but one that Ontario grape growers probably take issue with. They might be more apt to agree with Victor Hugo’s proclamation: “God made only water, but man made wine.” Without the legions of dedicated […]

Jun 10 2017

When’s the last time you sipped a beautiful pink wine? If you’ve looked at them longingly but passed them because they seem like lightweights, you’re missing out. Sure, some self-proclaimed wine aficionados look down their noses at rosés and don’t consider them refined enough for their “educated palates,” but there’s really no reason for snobbery. […]

Apr 1 2017

Great wines aren’t made — they’re grown. A wine is only as good as the grapes it comes from, and growers know that soil quality is crucial to producing a high-quality vintage. Though this is obvious to farmers and grape enthusiasts, average Canadians may find themselves wondering, “What’s the big deal?” For everyone who’s ever thought that the ground under […]