St. Catharines, ON: The Grape Growers of Ontario with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature and MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills, Ted Arnott, hosted the 41st Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, October 30th. Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, and CEO Debbie Zimmerman are pleased to announce that the following have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2020:
“The Grape Growers of Ontario thank Speaker Arnott and appreciate the Members of Provincial Parliament for their continuing support as we celebrate 100% grown in Ontario wines and choose the official VQA wines of the Legislative Assembly for the coming year,” said Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair. “The Grape Growers of Ontario look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Ontario to develop a transition framework and action plan as a more modernized retail system is considered.”
“The wines showcased at this event reflect the connection between 100% Ontario grown grapes and the winemakers who craft them. We congratulate all of Ontario’s wineries on producing top-quality VQA wines, and thank the six wineries who participated in this year’s tasting,” said Debbie Zimmerman, CEO.
“We are truly honored to have our Unoaked Chardonnay selected for this prestigious listing, and are grateful to the Ontario Legislature for supporting 100% Ontario grown wines.” Allan Schmidt, President, Vineland Estates Winery
“The three rescue dogs and team at Three Dog Winery are very proud and honoured to have our wine selected by the Ontario Legislature to be their house red.” Sacha and John Squair, Owners, Three Dog Winery
Members of Provincial Parliament gathered to select the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s official VQA wines to be served at legislative functions throughout 2020. Participants tasted and marked their preferences on a voting ballot to determine which wines would be selected from six Ontario VQA wineries. The Grape Growers of Ontario thank the Honourable Speaker Ted Arnott and look forward to continuing the tradition of the Legislative Wine Tasting.
The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 actively producing grape growers of 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County, and emerging regions across Ontario.Source : Grape Growers of Ontario