Two Niagara-on-the-Lake wines selected as official wines of the 2019 Legislative Assembly of Ontario

The Grape Growers of Ontario with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature and MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills, Ted Arnott, hosted the 40th Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Monday, October 29th. Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, Matthias Oppenlaender, along with CEO Debbie Zimmerman are pleased to announce that the following have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2019:

Red Wine: Strewn Winery 2017 Rogue’s Lot Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon
White Wine: Georgian Hills Vineyards 2016 Seyval Blanc
Icewine: Château des Charmes 2017 Vidal Icewine

“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. “New this year was the introduction of Icewine to the tasting event, and we congratulate Château des Charmes on their Vidal Icewine being selected at Queen’s Park.”

“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.

“The team at Strewn Winery are proud to be recognized by the Legislative Assembly for our hard work and dedication to producing quality VQA wines,” said Newman Smith of Strewn Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. “Our Rogue’s Lot Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry, and floral spice notes which pairs nicely with veal, poultry or pork.”

“We are very excited to have our 2016 Seyval Blanc selected as the official white wine of the Legislature for 2019. As a winery in the emerging wine region of Georgian Bay, this is a special honour that showcases our commitment to producing high quality wines made from 100% Georgian Bay Ontario grown grapes. Thank you to the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Ontario Government for all your support and the opportunity to showcase this wine.” Robert Ketchin & John Ardiel, Partners, Georgian Hills Vineyards.

“We are honoured to have our 2017 Estate Bottled VQA Vidal Icewine selected as the inaugural official Icewine at Queen’s Park for 2019,” says Paul-André Bosc, President and CEO of Château des Charmes. “Our Vidal Icewine grapes are treated with the same care and attention to detail as the grapes destined for our table wines, however we wait until the temperature is at least -10°C or even colder before harvesting them to ensure they are completely frozen to provide our winemaker Amélie Boury and her production team the best grapes possible to create this sweet and powerfully aromatic Icewine.”

Members of Provincial Parliament gathered to select the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s official VQA wines to be served at legislative functions throughout 2019. Participants tasted and marked their preferences on a voting ballot to determine which wines would be selected from six Ontario VQA wineries, including two of Ontario’s premium Icewines. The Grape Growers of Ontario thank the Honourable Speaker Ted Arnott and look forward to continuing the tradition of the Legislative Wine Tasting.