Sidebar 1: Fruit wineries left out

Fruit wineries could be part of the solution to the grape surplus, says Jim Warren of Hamilton, president of the Ontario Viniculture Association, which expanded from its central Ontario base last April. Warren says fruit wineries are restricted as to the amount of grapes they can use for winemaking. If wine makers could use more, some of the surplus would be used up. But the organization doesn’t have a seat at the table as grape growers and the Ontario Wine Council follow the Premier of Ontario’s directive and work out their differences this winter.

Better Farming - March 2009