Ontario restaurants now able to offer Ontario VQA wine with delivery and takeout services

Ontarians have new ways to support Ontario’s local food & beverage community

For Immediate Release

Vineland, ON – Beginning immediately, Ontario restaurants providing takeout and delivery for their customers have the ability to include alcohol in those orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a welcome measure to assist the local hospitality community during these challenging times and to help many Ontarians who depend on delivery services in order to follow social distancing guidelines.  Now more than ever, Ontario wineries are thankful to restaurants who feature and offer local VQA wine.

The local Ontario wine industry is thankful that this opportunity is now available to support local VQA wineries and their restaurant partners in this difficult time. Restaurant wine sales are important to restaurants and wineries.  This change by the Ontario government will help both industries as they try to keep their businesses afloat.

“It’s never been more important for Ontarians to buy local,” said Richard Linley, President, Ontario Craft Wineries. “From supporting farmers and small businesses to protecting jobs, choosing local strengthens our regional economies. These restaurant delivery changes give Ontario residents an easy way to enjoy the local Ontario VQA wines they love in a safe way, while pairing them with the food offered by our local restaurant partners.”

“The Ontario wine industry is closely connected with our important business partners in the restaurant and hospitality industry and is grateful for this new way that Ontarians can support great Ontario wine and their local restaurants,” said Aaron Dobbin, President & CEO, Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario.

“Providing licensed restaurants in Ontario the ability to deliver local products with takeout and delivery allows customers to continue to observe social distancing while offering much needed support for local food and beverage businesses,” said Jamie Rilett, Vice President, Central Canada, Restaurants Canada.


The Wine Marketing Association of Ontario is dedicated to promoting the VQA wines of Ontario – both the vintners and the unique qualities of our authentic VQA wines that are made exclusively from 100% Ontario-grown grapes. Wine Country Ontario is dedicated to promoting Ontario’s wine-growing regions – from the wines and wineries themselves to the complete experience of each destination: local cuisine, year-round activities and warm hospitality. Wine Country Ontario is a brand of the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario.

Media Contact:
Magdalena Kaiser
Director of Public Relations
Wine Marketing Association of Ontario
Cell: 905-246-1922

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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