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Essex County Wine Producer Expanding

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Essex County Wine Producer Expanding

McGuinty Government Supports Agri-Food Industry, Creates Jobs

A wine production facility in the County of Essex is expanding its business to meet the growing demand for Ontario wines, plus creating new jobs and supporting local farmers.

With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, Pelee Island Winery & Vineyards is expanding its Kingsville winery. Investments in a new bottling line, wine filtration system and one million additional litres of storage capacity will allow the business to:

  • increase wine production from 20,000 to 45,000 litres per day
  • increase sales by more than $6 million within five years
  • create six new jobs and retain 10 existing positions
  • support local farmers by using 1,250 additional tonnes of Ontario grapes

A strong agri-food industry is part of the five-year Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $451,200 in this new facility through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • Ontario's food processing industry was the third-largest employer of its kind in North America in 2008. The industry generated nearly $34 billion in revenue from goods manufactured in Ontario in 2008.
  • Ontario has invested over $124 million in 323 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $1 billion in new economic activity.

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“By investing in Ontario wine-making, we're strengthening our agri-food sector and growing our economy. Ontario's support for this project will help increase demand for high-quality Ontario wine, support local farmers, and create jobs and economic opportunities our families can count on.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Our government's support for this expansion project is bringing jobs to Essex County while helping local farmers grow their operations. This investment will benefit our local economy - and our community - now and for many years to come.”

Bruce Crozier

Member of Provincial Parliament for Essex

“Ontario's investment in this project is helping us expand into new markets by increasing our production and storage capacity. As a result, we are creating and protecting jobs in the region and buying more quality grapes from local farmers. We are confident this expansion will benefit Kingsville and the County of Essex for years to come.”

Walter Schmoranz

President, Pelee Island Winery & Vineyards Ltd.

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