Record number of wineries adopt sustainable practices in their winemaking operations

VINELAND, ON – The Wine Council of Ontario (WCO) is pleased to announce that 36 wineries are participating in the 2016 Sustainable Winemaking Ontario program. This represents a 30% increase over last year’s participation and the most ever for the program.

“Respect for the environment is a large part of growing grapes on our vineyards and in how we produce our wine,” said Bruno Friesen, Viticulturist of Pelee Island Winery in Kingsville and Pelee Island Winery Pavilion in Lake Erie North Shore. “From using old world methods to adopting innovative farm management practices, we continue to keep our wine authentic and reflect the land where it is grown.”

The Sustainable Winemaking Ontario program was launched in 2007 in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario for Ontario’s grape and wine industry as a way to acknowledge Ontario’s environmentally-friendly wineries and vineyards. The Sustainable Winemaking Ontario program gives winemakers and growers the educational resources to increase sustainable practices and to record and measure progress. The program creates an industry standard for sustainable practices and helps identify individual strengths and areas of improvement.

“I applaud this year’s wineries and their commitment to the Sustainable Winemaking Ontario program,” said Allan Schmidt, Chair of the WCO. “By producing wines in an environmentally-friendly manner Ontario wineries are showing leadership while meeting the needs of today’s environmentally conscious consumer.”

Recognizing the sustainable practices implemented by many of Ontario’s winemakers and growers, the WCO acknowledges the efforts these wineries take to ensure their land is a better place for future generations.


  • Black Prince Winery
  • Cattail Creek Estate Winery
  • Cave Spring Cellars*
  • Château des Charmes
  • Coyote’s Run Estate Winery
  • Creekside Estate Winery
  • Di Profio Wines
  • Flat Rock Cellars*
  • Frogpond Farm Organic Winery
  • Grange of Prince Edward
  • GreenLane Estate Winery
  • Harwood Estate Vineyards
  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate*
  • Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery*
  • Kacaba Vineyards & Winery
  • Konzelmann Estate Winery
  • Malivoire Wine Company
  • Megalomaniac John Howard Cellars of Distinction
  • Niagara College Teaching Winery
  • Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard
  • Pelee Island Winery
  • Pelee Island Winery Pavilion
  • Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery
  • Pillitteri Estates Winery*
  • PondView Estate Winery
  • Redtail Vineyard
  • Reif Estate Winery*
  • Reimer Vineyards
  • Riverview Cellars Estate Winery
  • Rosewood Estates Winery*
  • Small Talk Vineyards
  • Southbrook Vineyards*
  • Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
  • Stratus
  • Strewn Winery*
  • Three Dog Winery

* Indicates Sustainable Winemaking Ontario Certification

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.

For more information, please contact: info@ontariocraftwineries.ca | 905 562 8070 ext. 225

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