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16 VINTAGES

Reason #1: That Cool Factor

For much of the year, Ontario’s climate can

make us shiver. But the wines that our cool

climate creates can give us chills – in a

good way. Our brisk, lake-moderated

climate allows grapes to develop complex

aromas and flavours without losing any of

the brilliant natural acidity that keeps

wines vibrant, crisp and food-friendly. It

also provides perfect conditions for chic,

cool-climate-loving grapes such as

Chardonnay, Gamay, Riesling and more.

Reason #2: They’re World Class

Ontario’s boutique wineries make

wonderfully distinctive wines that stand

shoulder to shoulder with the best in the

world, and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by

the international wine scene. Ontario wines

have been praised by such prominent wine

writers as Allen Meadows, Jamie Goode,

Matt Kramer, Ian D’Agata, Steven Spurrier

and Jancis Robinson, MW. Not only have

our interpretations of classic wine grapes

earned big fans around the globe, but our

vineyards have actually birthed a unique

vinifera grape variety: Gamay Noir Droit,

which was born in a Château des Charmes

vineyard in Niagara and creates one of the

most distinctively dynamic red wines of

the region.

Reason #3: For Community Rewards

One bottle of Ontario wine generates on

average over $43 worth of economic

benefit to the people here in our province.

Ontario’s winemaking and grape-growing

efforts provide more than 18,000 jobs a

year, and the 2.4 million annual visitors to

Ontario wine country add nearly $850

million to our local economy through wine

tourism. And you needn’t be an outsider to

enjoy wine tourism: exploring Ontario’s

beautiful wine country is a great way to

enhance your appreciation of our local

wines by getting a firsthand look at where

they’re grown and meeting the passionate

people who make them. Ontario is home

to more than 150 VQA wineries (up from

just 102 a decade ago), so there’s plenty

to explore!

LOCAL

TALENT

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT:

Product Consultants

serve local wines at a

Vintages tasting event.

The Twenty Valley’s

Winter Winefest lights up

Jordan Village. Elegant

Château des Charmes at

twilight. Some of the

winery team at Château

des Charmes. These

statistics illustrate our

wine industry’s

contributions to the

local economy.