Research Foundation announced for grape and wine industry



    Local wineries and growers invest in future

    VINELAND, ON, June 12 /CNW/ - Ontario's grape and wine industry announced
today the formation of a broad-based foundation that will focus on research
and innovation to ensure the growth and sustainability of the province's
wineries and its growers.
    The Ontario Grape and Wine Research Foundation was formally created this
week after extensive consultation and discussion among leading academics,
industry and government representatives. The Foundation will be funded by
Ontario's wineries and grape growers.
    "There is no doubt that our success in the future lies in our ability as
grape growers and winemakers to evolve through research and innovation," said
Donald Ziraldo, Chair of the Coordinating Research Committee which established
the Foundation.
    The Foundation will have representation from the Wine Council of Ontario
(Paul Bosc. Jr., Paul Speck and Bruce Walker) the Grape Growers of Ontario
(Bill George, Matthias Oppenlaender and Doug Hernder), Ontario Ministry of
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) AgCanada, the Cool Climate
Oenology & Viticulture Institute at Brock University (CCOVI), University of
Guelph, Niagara College and the Canadian Vintners Association.
    "As the inaugural Chair of the Ontario Grape and Wine Research Foundation
I look forward to working with the Wine Council of Ontario and our industry
partners as we move to build a world class grape and wine sector," said
Matthias Oppenlaender.
    Funds will be raised from levies on grapes tonnage and wine literage. The
Foundation will also receive funds from the recently established Grape and
Wine Research Endowment Fund of the Niagara Community Foundation.
    "Ontario wineries recognize the need to re-invest in quality research in
order to build upon the growing success of our premium VQA wines and to help
ensure a strong future for our industry," said Norm Beal, WCO Chair.
    "Our growers understand the need for practical, productive and innovative
research to ensure our industry continues to be competitive on the world
stage," added GGO Chair Bill George.
    The Foundation will establish research priorities for the industry and
sponsor research through a peer review process, as well as international
collaborations.

    Wine Council of Ontario: The Wine Council of Ontario is a non-profit
trade association that represents Ontario's four wine regions - Niagara
Peninsula, Pelee Island, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward Country.
These regions grow 75 per cent of the grapes used in Canadian wine production.
Log on to www.winesofontario.ca for more information.

    Grape Growers of Ontario: The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official
organization that represents over 600 grower members of nearly 15.7 million
vines on 17,800 acres in the province's four viticultural areas: Niagara
Peninsula, Pelee Island, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County and is
the official lobby organization for our members.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Donald Ziraldo, (416) 520-3555,
Donald@ziraldo.ca; Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario, (905)
688-0990; Norm Beal, Chair of the Wine Council of Ontario, (905) 704-9317

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