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ONTARIO’S INDEPENDENT CRAFT WINERIES SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITIES WITH JOBS, REVENUES & WORLD CLASS WINES
(Vineland, Ontario) Friday, June 15, 2018 – Ontario Wine Week, an annual, province-wide celebration of Ontario’s local winemaking and grape-growing industries takes place the third week in June (June 18 – 24, 2018). Wine enthusiasts and novices alike are invited to support and discover Ontario VQA wines and the history of this remarkable, homegrown industry.
“Ontario has a well-aged wine history” says Richard Linley, President of the industry’s trade association, Ontario Craft Wineries (OCW). “Our craft wineries share a fruitful agricultural past and familial connection to the land. They are also the purveyors of 100 percent local, VQA award-winning craft wines that generate jobs, tourism, revenue and a reputation for quality in the province of Ontario.”
The OCW celebrates the contribution of the people and places who have built a rich history and valuable commodity for the province. OCW’s winery members are family-owned small and medium size wineries that are dedicated to producing 100 percent VQA Ontario wines and committed to responsible, sustainable and profitable growth.
“Our industry is made up of generations of farmers and artisans whose excellence in the craft of winemaking and agriculture has had an impact on communities and Ontario’s economy for over two hundred years,” says Carolyn Hurst, President of Westcott Vineyards, and OCW board member. “Now is the right time to support an important local industry as it continues to grow.”
ONTARIO’S ‘VINEYARD TO GLASS’ FACTS & FIGURES:
$98.20 per bottle in added value to the province
2.4 million visitors to Ontario wineries
$847 million in tourism and tourism employment related economic impact
20 million+ litres of VQA wine sold in 2017
18,000+ acres of grapes grown
75,000+ metric tonnes of grapes processed
VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) means 100 percent from Ontario grown grapes and indicates the wine has passed through a strict quality-assurance and label integrity program.
“Let’s celebrate a multi-dimensional, multi-generational industry that prides itself on ensuring environmental stewardship, a rich agricultural heritage and award-winning VQA wines,” says Linley.
For more info/ideas on events and tasting opportunities, visit:
Wine Country Ontario’s Travel Guide 2018
Ontario Craft Wineries
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.