The loss of agri-tourism, hospitality and wedding sales have left some wineries teetering on the edge, says the CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario.

Ontario winery sector gets $10 million grant

Funds aim to keep wineries afloat after COVID-19 shut many of them

Reading Time: 2 minutes A one-time provincial grant of $10 million could buoy 280 Ontario wineries whose livelihood got corked by the pandemic. “It is certainly a welcome relief to many, many wineries that have been shuttered,” said Debbie Zimmerman.  “They’re the backbone of the small communities across Prince Edward County, southwestern Ontario, and of course Niagara. They’re the […] Read more

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InVivo in talks to acquire French agribusiness Soufflet

Firms see limited overlap outside grain trading

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — Co-operative group InVivo has entered exclusive talks to acquire family-controlled Soufflet in a deal that would create one of Europe’s biggest agricultural businesses with 10 billion euros (C$15.5 billion) in sales, the French firms said on Wednesday. The potential consolidation comes as France, the European Union’s largest agricultural producer, is trying […] Read more

Vines can take seven years to develop before planting in vineyards, so virus-free stock is important.

Grant to fast-track virus-free grapevine certification pleases wine industry

Grapevine Red Blotch Virus spread driving need for clean vines

Reading Time: 3 minutes The certification of virus-free grapevine plants is getting fast-tracked thanks to $6.2 million in funding from Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). “This funding will allow grape growers to rapidly improve the health of their vineyards and boost the domestic capacity in the supply of much needed virus-free grapevine plant material in Canada,” says […] Read more

“If there’s one criticism this year it’s for a little more rain, but it’s a fine balance.” – Matthias Oppenlaender.

Good quality grape harvest faces uncertain market

Ontario wineries have seen some rebound in local traffic

Reading Time: 3 minutes A hot, dry growing season that is producing higher -quality grapes isn’t completely good news for Ontario producers and winemakers. Those same conditions are also producing lower yields, and the market demand for wines made from premium quality grapes is declining as consumers quench their pandemic thirst by buying cheaper blended wines. Why it matters: […] Read more

Flames from the Hennessey Fire are seen in the last image from a tower-mounted camera before it melted, according to AlertWildfire, on Atlas Peak northwest of Vacaville, Calif. on Aug. 18, 2020. (Photo: via Reuters)

‘Lightning siege’ sparks wildfires across California wine country

Almost 11,000 strikes reported over 72 hours

Reading Time: 2 minutes Vacaville, California | Reuters — Lightning strikes sparked dozens of wildfires in northern California’s wine country on Wednesday, burning dozens of structures and forcing thousands to flee their homes. California was hit by nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours, sparking 367 fires, nearly two dozen of them major, as the state suffered a record […] Read more

File photo of Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam at a news conference in Ottawa on April 9, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Blair Gable)

Tam concerned over alcohol, junk food use during pandemic

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s top health officer on Sunday expressed concern over higher consumption of alcohol and junk food during the coronavirus epidemic, suggesting this could be a sign of worsening mental health. The total number of Canadians killed by the coronavirus edged up by 0.9 per cent to 7,773 from 7,703 on Saturday, […] Read more

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland attends a news conference on media freedom as part of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Dinard, France on April 5, 2019. (File photo: Reuters/Stephane Mahe)

Canada looks at fresh tariffs on U.S. goods

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa | Reuters — Canada is looking at ways to boost the effectiveness of its retaliatory tariffs against the United States, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday, but did not address remarks by a senior official who revealed what Ottawa might do. Canada imposed tariffs on $16.6 billion worth of U.S. exports in May […] Read more

Michael Kauzlaric, technology scout with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre said the Jupiter variety is looking especially strong for Ontario.

New table grape varieties for Ontario could diversify market

Ontario growers have only had one main short-season variety to grow

Reading Time: 3 minutes There’s lots of unrealized potential in the table grape market in Ontario, as one variety has dominated production. That’s about to change. Ontario’s main homegrown fresh table grape is a variety called Sovereign Coronation, a semi-seedless blue grape that’s ready for market over a six- to eight-week period in late summer and early fall. Driven […] Read more

Southern Ontario wine grapes on the vine. (Dave Bedard photo)

World wine output falls to 60-year low

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — Global wine output fell to its lowest level in 60 years in 2017 due to poor weather conditions in the European Union that slashed production in the bloc, international wine organization OIV said. Wine production totalled 250 million hectolitres last year, down 8.6 per cent from 2016, data from the Paris-based […] Read more

Southern Ontario wine grapes on the vine. (Dave Bedard photo)

‘Cellared in Canada’ wine label on way out

Reading Time: 3 minutes An often-used euphemism for wines made in Canada from blends using imported product is set to disappear from wine labels. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced the voluntary statement “Cellared in Canada” will no longer be used on labels for wines blended in Canada, as per revisions made in March to the agency’s wine […] Read more