Grape & Wine Production

Wine production facts

Grape and Wine Production in Ontario

Ontario boasts a young and vibrant grape and wine industry that is enjoying continued growth and recognition.

Some basic information (For year-ending March 31, 2008):
  • Number of wineries in Ontario: over 140 licensed wineries including grape and fruit wineries
  • Total Ontario wine grape acreage: 16,000 acres
  • Number of grape vines in Ontario: 17 million
  • Total wine grapes harvested in Ontario:
    • 2004 vintage: 45,704 tonnes
    • 2005 vintage: 18,162 tonnes (reduced crop due to weather conditions)
    • 2006 vintage: 53,009 tonnes
    • 2007 vintage: 52,229 tonnes
  • Number of wineries that produce VQA wines: 108
  • Total volume of Icewine juice harvested during the 2006 vintage: 1,164,000 Litres
  • Estimated annual grape tonnage used in VQA wines in a typical year: 25,000 tonnes
  • Number of wines approved for VQA status during 2007-08: 1270
  • Top varietal wine for 2007-08 was Chardonnay with 192 different Chardonnays approved for a total production of over 2.7 million Litres. Next most popular varietal wines are Riesling and Merlot.

More detailed statistics on the past year (ending March 31) are available in VQA Ontario's Annual Report. The Annual Reports are available from VQA Ontario offices or can be accessed via our News & Annual Reports page in .pdf format. Information related to grape production is sourced from the Grape Growers of Ontario Annual Report.

Economic Facts

  • Total Ontario wine industry related employment: over 5000
  • Wine made in Ontario accounts for about 40% of the total wine market share in Ontario and 1/5 of these are VQA wines of origin
  • Total volume of Ontario VQA wines sold in 2007-08 was 11,460,000 Litres for a retail value of $219,063,000

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