About Us

Aim And Objective


The aim of our foundation is to build, monitor, administer and execute an appellation of origin system in accordance with the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999 that enables and permits consumers to distinguish and recognise wines on the basis of the area where the grapes are grown, the techniques and processes utilized or adopted in making the wine and other quality standards.

VQA Ontario’s long-term vital objective is to develop a definite and dependable appellation system, backed by the quality and label honesty, and to elevate the esteem and awareness of each of Ontario’s wine appellations and their unique features.

Vision At Work


In our function as Ontario’s wine authority, we are the delegated authority who commands and enforce the VQA Act and its associated regulations. We are answerable and liable to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. We operate under a structure and skeleton set out in an authoritative agreement with the Ministry. Simultaneously with the statutory duties, we engage in many relevant activities such as increasing awareness of the VQA appellation operation and method, engaging in national and international standards debates, conferences and seminars, and strengthening public education about VQA appellations and wines.

We at VQA Ontario comes up with the wines which are extracted and made from 100% Ontario-grown grapes. It offers only the wines which have been passed and confirmed after a strict quality assurance plan. VQA is an abbreviation for Vintners Quality Alliance, it is an independent body that controls and observes Ontario’s appellation of creation system. All wine-producing countries and lands follow some standards and rules for their best grape-growing regions. It is advised for each consumer, to always look for VQA on the label of the wine to ensure a wine is made with 100% Ontario grapes. Visit vqaontario.ca for added knowledge.

Under our quality standards, all VQA wines are compelled and expected to have their production and creation traced, trailed and verified on an ongoing basis commencing with the grape harvesting season. This is achieved by claiming that certain records be kept by the producer and that an on-site audit is carried out twice a year to monitor and control production and sales.

Ontario’s wine authority


VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) Ontario was characterized as Ontario’s wine authority seventeen years ago under the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999, by the Noble and Honourable Robert W. Runciman, Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations.

Ontario consists of major three wine regions and then many major and minor vineyards surround it too. The wine country in Ontario extends its area even beyond Niagara. In fact. Niagara is such a large region that it is parted in two major regions. One of the two major regions is Niagara- on the lake, which is also known as the birthplace of the Ontario’s wine industry. The second major region that lies in Niagara is the Niagara Escarpment, which is known for its distinct and best suitable environment in the province for wine production. It is the most active wine-producing province in whole Canada.

Ontario winemakers


In Ontario, Lake Erie North Shore is the southernmost region province which has a lot of cultivation for fruit reds. Prince’s Edward County, is one more province which is growing with high pace for producing wines and is the youngest wine region in Ontario. It has been supported by many great restaurants that are establishing themselves in the region and increasing the production and selling of the wine.

Ontario winemakers produce and nurture a wide range of grapes, from Chardonnay to Baco Noir to Riesling to Cabernet Franc to Icewine. Such diversity and multifariousness make it remarkably easy to join with food. In fact, they are the best choice to serve with local food.