Meet the growers behind local grapes!
Our local grape growers have pursued the fruits of their labour for generations. Artisans cultivate an astounding 40 varieties of grapes, the bulk of which are sent to the regions’ 180 wineries. The Niagara, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore regions account for more than 70% of Canada’s wine production volume. Local growers have proven the skeptics wrong.
A distinctive Ontario honour
The selection of a Grape King is part of Ontario’s grape growing history and an annual tradition that dates back to 1956. The title of Grape King carries the distinction of being chosen based on vineyard management and knowledge of the industry. The chosen grower serves as a representative for Ontario’s grape and wine industry at events across the country, starting with the Mayor’s Grape Stomp in Montebello Park and the annual Meridian Grande Parade at the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.