Combined funding of $75,000 from federal and provincial governments will support the Ontario grape sector to develop a modern weather network. The real-time information will be incorporated into eGrape, an existing industry database.
In another project, part of the funds are earmarked to quantify and analyze wash water used to clean grape harvesters. A survey will help better understand water use practices among the province’s 500 grape growers.
"Ontario grape growers pride themselves in ensuring inside every single grape is their passion and connection to Ontario's soil and climate," said Matthias Oppenlaender, chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario. "We thank Minister Ernie Hardeman and welcome this investment in our industry. Our 100 per cent Ontario-grown grapes for Ontario-grown wines contribute more than $4 billion annually to the Ontario economy, and employ more than 18,000 people."
Ontario is home to the largest wine region in Canada, with more than 200 wineries in Niagara, Prince Edward County, the Lake Erie North Shore and other regions. The province is internationally renowned for four signature wine varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc. Ontario’s VQA wines earned $374 million in sales in 2018-19.
Source: OMAFRA August 27, 2019 news release