Ontario Cutting Red Tape to Support Growth in the Wine Industry

Ontario Cutting Red Tape to Support Growth in the Wine Industry
Changes Will Provide Small Wineries Easier Entry into the Wine Market and Offer Consumers More Choice


HURON-BRUCE — Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Lisa Thompson, was joined by representatives from the Ontario wine industry today to announce changes reducing regulatory burden to support growth in the industry.

Changes have been made to the rules under the Vintners Quality Alliance Act that reduces red tape and provides more flexibility to wineries across the province and expands wine choices for consumers. One of these changes includes adding the Marquette hybrid grape variety to the list of permitted grape varieties to be eligible for Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario approval.

"The addition of the Marquette hybrid grape variety will help small and new wineries experience easier entry into Ontario's VQA wine market," said Minister Thompson. "It particularly supports wineries located in emerging regions where cold winter temperatures are a challenge for traditional grape varieties, like Huron-Bruce."

Ontario wineries can also produce wines using grapes from different vintages, or harvest years, as it is now optional for them to label wines with the harvest year with the Ontario geographical indicator. This will increase the choice of table wines available to consumers.

"Our government is making Ontario Open for Business by removing obstacles in investment, growth and job creation sectors right across the economy - including the wine and grape industry," said Minister Thompson. "We're working hard every day to modernize government and make it simpler, faster and better to do business in Ontario. We're working to put Ontario back on track as the economic engine of Canada."