Industry Partners Endorse Support for Grape Growers
Here's what industry partners are saying about the New Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Programming initiative:
"Today's investment supports the future success of Ontario's wine and grape industry, enabling wineries to adapt to ongoing and emerging vineyard challenges. The funding will also foster the continued production of high-quality VQA wines to meet the growing demands of Ontario's wine consumer."
Len Pennachetti, Chair, Ontario Craft Wineries
"Our industry is value-add agriculture and the Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario applauds the federal and provincial governments' continued support of Ontario grape growers efforts to make grape growing more economically and environmentally sustainable."
Aaron Dobbin, President and CEO, Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario
Other Local Representatives
"Ontario's grape and wine sector is a huge contributor to the provincial economy, providing more than half a billion dollars to our GDP while supporting over 18,000 direct and indirect jobs," said MPP Sam Oosterhoff. "The Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Programming is another example of how our government is supporting local grape growers so they can produce quality grapes to meet the growing demands of Ontario wine manufacturers."
Sam Oosterhoff, Member of Provincial Parliament for Niagara West
- Grape production from almost 500 Ontario growers is used to make award-winning Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA wines), made from 100 per cent Ontario grapes. Ontario's VQA wines have gained international reputation for quality and had $374 million in sales in Ontario in 2018-19.
- Up to 35 per cent of eligible costs will be reimbursed to eligible vineyard activity up to $100,000 per vineyard.
- The application form and guidelines are now available on Agricorp.com and they give grape growers four weeks to prepare their applications when the intake opens at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Eligible applications will be received and assessed on a first-come first-served basis, while funding is available.
- The Marketing and Vineyard Improvement Programming will be delivered by Agricorp, an agency of the Ontario government.