Starting a Winery in Ontario


Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food has released Starting a Winery publication 815 to help understand the complexities of managing a commercial wine business in Ontario. The publication provides information on industry organizations, business planning and understanding regulations, licences and authorizations.

The publication may be downloaded in PDF format at: Starting a Winery – (English) for the English and Starting a Winery – (French) for the French version.

The 2014 Starting a Winery financial planning publication prepared by Brock University Goodman School of Business can be viewed here.


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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