Media & Resources

The Ontario Wine Appellation Authority is an independent authority responsible for administering and enforcing legislation governing Ontario’s wine appellation system.

 

MEDIA

MEDIA

If you are looking for media support and resources for wine stories, tours, wine events etc, please contact the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario at [email protected] or visit www.winecountryontario.ca.

For information on Ontario's wine appellations and VQA wine regulations, you are on the right website.

Appellation overview videos:

Niagara Peninsula

Prince Edward County

Lake Erie North Shore


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MAPS

MAPS

INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE STUDIES

INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE STUDIES

An annual industry survey on sector health and profitability was conducted by the Appellation Authority and Deloitte over a 5-year period. The survey and report were developed in 2015 in consultation with representatives of the wine and grape industry and the Government of Ontario.

The study was 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 reports provide an overview of the financial state of the industry, including the impact of tourism and hospitality.

2019 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study

2018 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study

2017 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study

2016 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study

2015 Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study

MORE RESOURCES

MORE RESOURCES

The Ontario Wine Appellation Authority ensures truth-in-labelling for consumers of Ontario's wines of origin. 100% Ontario and 100% integrity.  Find out how the Ontario Government protects consumers at Consumer Protection Ontario.

Our
Mandate

Our mandate includes protecting consumers through truth-in-labelling and providing educational resources about our appellations, wines and the regulatory framework.

If you are looking for information beyond the Appellation Authority’s scope please contact our provincial industry colleagues.

News & Announcements

Monthly Newsletter

June 2024

In this update:

  • New option – Basic lab testing for wine approvals
  • Deadline to Adopt New Logo on all Packaging
  • Annual General Meeting July 9
  • Regulation change updates
  • Reminder re: special procedure for couriers at LCBO QA

 

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Stakeholder Consultation

The Ontario Wine Appellation Authority Board of Directors is seeking feedback on proposed VQA regulation changes to expand the list of authorized grape varieties.

Please submit your comments in writing to Laurie Macdonald [email protected] by April 15, 2024.

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Niagara grapes vines in snow.

2023 Vintage Report

Great quality and small crops were the hallmarks of the 2022 vintage in Ontario. Excellent weather in 2022 resulted in high quality across the province but the crop size was limited in both Niagara and Prince Edward County. Lake Erie North Shored was blessed with both quality and more normal yields.

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Winery convicted on VQA charges

On November 2023, Locust Lane Winery pleaded guilty to 12 charges under the VQA Act.

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2023 OWAA Annual Report now available

Please see the 2023 Annual Report for a review of activities and achievements and to find our audited financial statements.

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Take the Course!

Ontario Wine Appellation course is now available!

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