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2021 Vintage Report

20 December 2021
Review the summary of 2021 vintage conditions

View the full Vintage Report here on our website.

Appellation Authority launches new winery audit program

18 October 2021
The Ontario Wine Appellation Authority launched its new winery audit program in August 2021.

The audit program had been provided under contract by the LCBO.  

The new program is fully integrated with the Authority’s existing wine certification and retail inspection programs.  The audit portion reviews winery compliance with VQA requirements including declared origin and composition of approved VQA wines, production and labelling standards, and reporting requirements.

Wineries can expect a more focused audit experience with emphasis on origin, composition and labelling.  The Authority’s risk-based approach to inspections has been revised to expand on synergies with the audit program, reduce duplication and ensure effective oversight.  Bringing the audit program in-house improves coordination and consistency of all compliance activities, and often an immediate resolution of minor compliance issues.

We appreciate the invaluable assistance of the LCBO and AGCO in making this a smooth transition. These agencies monitor requirements in their respective areas and we anticipate continued collaboration.


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VQA Ontario is an independent regulatory authority that has been delegated the responsibility for administering the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999 by the Ontario government.

VQA Ontario establishes, monitors and enforces a system of quality standards and verification of product origin for Ontario wines. Only those wines made from 100% Ontario grown grapes, and approved by VQA Ontario may use appellation terms and descriptions. These include geographical terms such as "Prince Edward County", "Niagara Peninsula", "Lake Erie North Shore", and "Estate Bottled" as well as terms that are linked to regulated production processes such as "Icewine" and "Late Harvest".