Vineland, ON – Richard Linley, President of the Ontario Craft Wineries, issued the following statement in response to the Ontario government’s announcement that beverage alcohol will be sold in hundreds of additional retail stores across Ontario:
“Ontario Craft Wineries welcome today’s announcement, which will bring greater choice and convenience to the Ontario marketplace and create more retail opportunities in the future. We are proud of the significant economic contribution our members make in communities throughout Ontario and we greatly appreciate Minister Fedeli’s ongoing support for our sector. We look forward to continuing to work with the Ontario government to create a modern beverage alcohol policy environment that benefits consumers, creates and support jobs, unleashes the full potential of our industry and allows Ontario’s VQA wineries to thrive.”
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.