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Sensory Evaluation: the Tasting Panel

09 February 2016
View an informative presentation on the tasting panel used to evaluate wines for VQA certification.

Download the Tasting Panel presentation Wine Maker Visits 2016.

VQA Ontario 2015 Vintage Report

01 December 2015
See VQA Ontario's review of the 2015 vintage conditions.

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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".