Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Hughes Vineyards - Niagara Region

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Ed and Caroline Hughes, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Ed and Caroline Hughes, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Allowing the vine to grow as naturally as possible is the way Hughes Vineyards produces the grapes that are in demand by some of the best wineries in Ontario. Over the last 10 years, Hughes Vineyards has embraced the principles of biodiversity by looking for new ways to improve natural methods of controlling vigour, pests, and vine balance while reducing the need for artificial methods. Using native Niagara flowering plants to attract natural predatory insects in large enough populations, they are able to eliminate the need for insecticides and miticides. These beneficial plants also establish a cover crop that helps to control grape vine vigour. This innovative approach has allowed Hughes Vineyards to reduce operating costs by almost 10 per cent per acre, a significant achievement.


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