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Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study

16 July 2020
The fifth annual industry survey conducted by VQA Ontario and Deloitte on sector health and profitability is now available.

Download the 2019 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study.

The Ontario Wine and Grape Strategy was renewed by the Ontario Government for five years commencing in 2015/16. In support of the strategy, VQA Ontario was asked to develop and implement the first annual Ontario Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study. The survey and report were developed by VQA Ontario and Deloitte in 2015 in consultation with representatives of the wine and grape industry and the Government of Ontario.

The study is aimed at providing benchmarking and performance data to support the reporting commitments of the Wine and Grape Strategy and to improve the industry's access to sector performance information. The report provides an overview of the financial state of the industry, including the impact of tourism and hospitality.

Download the 2018 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study.

Download the 2017 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study.

Download the 2016 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study.

Download the 2015 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study.


Ontario Wineries Charged Under VQA Act

11 December 2019
Picton, Ontario - Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario, Ontario's wine appellation authority, has laid several charges against two Prince Edward County wineries for the unauthorized use of regulated wine label terms.

Bergeron Estate Winery was charged with one count of using terms regulated under the VQA Act without the approval of the wine authority. The charge stems from allegations that the winery used the regulated terms "VQA" and "Prince Edward County" to describe and label a wine that was not approved. The winery entered a guilty plea in the Provincial Offenses Court on November 20, 2019 and a conviction was registered.

In a separate incident, The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery was charged with four counts of using terms regulated under the VQA Act without the approval of the wine authority. The charges arise from allegations that the winery used the regulated terms "VQA", "Prince Edward County" and "Ontario" to describe and label wines that were not approved. These charges are expected to be heard by the Provincial Offenses Court in January 2020.

VQA Ontario's role is to protect consumers by ensuring wine descriptions are accurate and not misleading. The wine approval process is intended to assure consumers that the claimed standard has been met and that rules are enforced to maintain a fair and informed marketplace. The integrity of label claims for wine origin are especially important since wine is uniquely defined by the place the grapes are grown, and Ontario consumers are increasingly interested in authentic local wines.

VQA Ontario is an independent regulatory authority that has been delegated the responsibility for administering the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999 by the Ontario government.

VQA Ontario establishes, monitors and enforces a system of labeling and quality standards and verifies wine origin for Ontario-grown wines. Only those wines evaluated and approved by VQA Ontario may use designated label terms and descriptions. These include geographical terms such as "Niagara Peninsula", "Lake Erie North Shore", and "Prince Edward County" as well as "VQA" and terms that are linked to regulated production processes such as "Icewine" and "Late Harvest".


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VQA Ontario is an independent regulatory authority that has been delegated the responsibility for administering the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999 by the Ontario government.

VQA Ontario establishes, monitors and enforces a system of quality standards and verification of product origin for Ontario wines. Only those wines made from 100% Ontario grown grapes, and approved by VQA Ontario may use appellation terms and descriptions. These include geographical terms such as "Prince Edward County", "Niagara Peninsula", "Lake Erie North Shore", and "Estate Bottled" as well as terms that are linked to regulated production processes such as "Icewine" and "Late Harvest".