Industry Welcomes Support for Wine and Grape Strategy
"Ontario's grape growers appreciate the continued support from the Ontario government. The renewal of this program speaks volumes about the economic value each grape grower and winery brings to the province of Ontario. Over 14,000 Ontario jobs are tied to the continued success of 100 per cent Ontario-grown wines and the 15,000 acres of vineyards that are now in place across the province."
-- Bill George, chair, Grape Growers of Ontario.
"Our members are dedicated to growing the entire Ontario wine and grape industry and creating more agricultural, manufacturing and tourism jobs that are part of a thriving domestic wine industry. The Government of Ontario is a key partner in this and today's announcement demonstrates that Premier Wynne and her government are committed to helping grow our industry and thereby create jobs here in Ontario."
-- Jim Clark, chair, Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario and president of Colio Estate Wines
"VQA wineries across the province will be continuing to invest and grow our industry with the confidence that we have a partnership with the Government of Ontario to support our industry and its ambitions. The Premier's leadership will ensure that all wineries, from the largest to the smallest, will find more opportunities to grow our market here in Ontario and with this growth we will continue to deliver significant economic impact from Niagara to Prince Edward County to the shores of Lake Erie and in our new, emerging wine regions."
-- Allan Schmidt, chair, Wine Council of Ontario and president of Vineland Estates Winery in Vineland.
"The Ontario government's investment into the domestic wine industry demonstrates its commitment to actively contribute to the growth of an important regional economic cluster in Ontario. In Niagara, the wine industry supports jobs in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, and tourism. With increased market access and investments in vineyards and production facilities, the sector is poised for growth creating more jobs and economic activity in our community."
-- Walter Sendzik, CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce