wine

Purifiying vineyard waste the natural way

This is the second in a series of stories showcasing the innovative things Ontario farmers are doing on their farms to improve the environment – in honour of Earth Day. Tough new regulations governing vineyard waste management meant the owners of Sixteen Mile Cellar in the Niagara Region had some tough choices to make. Previously, […]

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New stream crossing in Niagara vineyard improves fish habitat

Fish are once again flourishing in their natural habitat in a small tributary to Niagara Region’s Sixteen Mile Creek, since an eroded culvert was replaced with a new clear-span bridge crossing. Now, fish can make their way downstream and farmers can easily cross the stream with equipment without endangering the habitat.

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Keeping birds away from wine grapes

Automating the acoustical devices that keep birds away from grape crops in Ontario’s vineyards could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of these tools. Better management options for the devices – also known as bird bangers – can reduce crop losses and improve relations with non-farm neighbours put off by the noise, according to a recently […]

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Producing wine and cranberries in cottage country

Winemaking and farming aren’t two things most people associate with Muskoka. Yet fruit wines and an iconic fall holiday berry are helping farmer Murray Johnston and his wife Wendy Hogarth put their family business on the map. The couple, with help from their four sons, run Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery near Bala, […]

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New crops in local soils raising high hopes

Lavender, hazelnuts and sweet potatoes are not crops we commonly associate with this province. Yet they’re starting to emerge in Ontario’s south coast area, the fertile sand plains in Norfolk, Brant, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties where tobacco used to reign supreme. As the decline of the tobacco industry continued over the last decade, agricultural […]

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Discovering Luxembourg wine country

It was the day of wines – bubbly wines, white wines, pink wines and even red wines. The Moselle wine area of Luxembourg is a gem and one I didn’t even know existed. We started off the day at Wormeldange cellars of the Domaines De Vinsmoselle, united winegrowers since 1921. They make a fabulous series […]

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A Niagara wine victory

Kudos go out to a Niagara region winery for grabbing top honours in a competition sponsored by a wine magazine in Quebec. Le Clos Jordanne’s Claystone Terrace 2005 beat out 13 other vintages mostly from California and France in the contest run by Cellier magazine. The victory came as a surprise, but not for the […]

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You deserve a break

If you’re tired of winter and in need of a break, this might be for you. The Beef Information Centre (BIC) has just launched a new contest – grand prize: a weekend getaway for two at the luxurious Inn on the Twenty in the heart of Niagara’s wine country.

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Popularity of local food growing in Europe too

The local food phenomenon is not just a burgeoning trend in North America – it is also taking off in Europe. I experienced this first hand during a visit to Switzerland last week, when I happened to visit a Migros store in Interlaken. Migros is one of the country’s two big retailers, a sort of […]

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Raising awareness of wine unfairness

Wine producers in Prince Edward County are opening a wine store for a day to draw attention to restrictive provincial liquor laws that they say are unfair to their burgeoning industry. Visitors to the “store” will be able to sample some of Ontario best wines and ciders grown right here in Prince Edward County – […]

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