Supporting Ontario Wineries
McGuinty Government Expanding The Market For Ontario Wines
Thirty-eight of Ontario's wineries producing VQA table wines - which contain 100 per cent Ontario grapes - are getting help from the provincial government to access new markets.
The wineries will share $3.1 million from the third round of Ontario's VQA Wine Support Program. Under the program, eligible wineries receive assistance of up to 30 per cent for the first 120,000 litres of VQA table wines sold through the Liquor Control Board of Ontario each year.
The program is a three-year, $10-million funding initiative that is encouraging the growth of Ontario VQA table wines and increasing wineries' access to new markets through the LCBO's network of over 600 stores located throughout the province.
- Ontario wine retail sales totalled $500 million in 2005-2006.
- There are over 125 wineries in Ontario, which attract roughly 1 million tourists every year.
- Wine industry-related employment provides approximately 6,000 jobs to Ontarians.
- Ontario is also bringing the province's wines to the world stage by investing $10 million over five years for the Ontario Wine Strategy to support the Wine Council of Ontario's marketing and promotion initiatives and $3 million in 2006 to help small and medium-sized VQA wineries with challenges related to the grape short crop in 2005.
“Our government supports the growth of one of Ontario's most vibrant industries. In just under two decades, Ontario wines have gained worldwide acclaim. From the grape growers to the retailers, our wine industry is a true made-in-Ontario success story.”
“VQA wineries are major contributors to regional economies. The support for Ontario's wine industry is creating jobs and prosperity in our communities.”