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VQAO 2016 Annual Report

12 July 2016
Our annual report is now available for viewing.

A copy of our annual report is ready to view online or as a downloadable pdf file. Please visit our website at www.vqaontario.ca/AboutVQA/AnnualReports/2016/Overview for access to both formats.


Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study

11 May 2016
First annual industry survey conducted by VQA Ontario and Deloitte on sector health and profitability

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 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 first wave of the study collected comprehensive information from 106 wineries and 42 non-winery grape growers. The report provides an overview of the financial state of the industry, including the impact of tourism and hospitality.

Download the Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study.


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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".