Welcome to the 2020 Wine Industry Performance Report, covering the period from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. This is the sixth benchmarking survey conducted as part of the Ontario government’s Wine Grape Strategy to support the Ontario wine sector. The questionnaire and report were developed by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. This report provides a more streamlined overview of Ontario’s Wine Industry Performance than previous reports, with five areas of focus; Production, Employment, Investment, Tourism and Challenges identified by industry. Due to changes in participation, caution should be used when comparing data on a year to year basis.
Thank you to all those winery participants who took the time to respond to the questionnaire.
The OCW leads the growth and profitability of Ontario’s respected VQA wine sector – through strategic partnership and authoritative trusted advocacy. As a non-profit trade association, the OCW represents over 100 wineries from across the three designated viticultural areas of the province (Niagara, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore – including Pelee Island) as well as emerging wine producing regions such as Ontario’s South Coast and Georgian Bay/Grey County. OCW members are independently owned small and medium sized businesses – grape growers, manufacturers and leaders in tourism in their communities. Our members are the future of Ontario’s wine industry which is a source of new investment, jobs and award-winning wines.