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Grape Growers of Ontario celebrate pivotal milestone

2018_ggo_photo-4232080Grape grower Albrecht Seeger, at his farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, helps unload wine grapes into bins for transport during the 2018 harvest. (CNW Group/Grape Growers of Ontario)

Ontario grape growers have been perfecting the art of grape growing, bringing benefits to local, provincial, and national economies for 75 years.

Established in 1947, with one viticulture region, Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) has developed deep roots in Ontario’s economy and communities now spanning three main Designated Viticulture Areas—the Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, and Prince Edward County—as well as emerging regions such as Norfolk and Huron Counties. 

Throughout this year, GGO will spotlight its industry with its founding characters and their stories, while promoting third- and fourth-generation young growers. 

“Grape Growers of Ontario was established to promote sustainable growth by remaining rooted in its commitment to our grape growing families and our industry partners. We look forward to highlighting the industry’ accomplishments throughout the year as part of our 75th celebrations,” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of GGO.

screen_shot_2022-04-20_at_9-11-06_am-9136431In 1948, Fred Parker, chairman of the Ontario Grape Growers’ Cooperative, delivered the first load of grapes, for juice, at the newly completed processing facilities in St. Catharines on Yale Crescent. (CNW Group/Grape Growers of Ontario)

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