Wine makers impressed with 2016 quality

Vineyard saw good moisture, little disease pressure and fewer forest fire problems that can affect grape flavour

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — The 2016 grape harvest should have wine-makers smiling throughout the Okanagan Valley. The early start to vine growth, as well as close to ideal temperatures and moisture conditions, have vineyards looking forward to producing good vintages. “Honestly, the harvest, from the south end of the valley to the north, has been pretty […] Read more

Ontario wine industry takes weather hit

Cold temperatures this winter damaged vines, but the full extent of the damage won’t be known until late April and early May

Ontario’s wine grape growers are bracing themselves for bad news as extreme low temperatures last winter reduced yield potential. Vineyard temperatures fell to as low as – 26 C in the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario’s biggest growing region. “We had a low of – 21 C here at our vineyard,” said Paul Bosc at Château des […] Read more

Research key to success, says P.E.I. winemaker

Be unique | Winery operator says if it’s a novel idea, it will probably work

MURRAY RIVER, P.E.I. — John Rossignol sailed up the Northumberland Strait and into a grape growing hobby that became a first-of-its-kind business for the island province. Rossignol Estate Winery grew from its owner’s desire to make a living on a farm while enjoying a rural lifestyle. Being the first in an industry was fraught with […] Read more