Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Burning Kiln Winery Inc. - St. Williams

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Photo of Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael McArthur and Frank Deleebeeck

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael McArthur and Frank Deleebeeck

What happens when a former tobacco grower with 40 years experience, a steel company owner, dentist, accountant, business entrepreneur, and two lawyers get together? They pool their expertise and form Burning Kiln Winery, which produces internationally acclaimed Ontario wines. The group's story began in 2006, when they planted high quality French vinefera varietals on 23 acres of land that previously grew tobacco. The winery converted displaced tobacco kilns into high tech, award-winning, wine-making machines. Grapes are hand picked into pallets and stacked in the kilns for drying. The air flow through the kilns allows for even drying and reduces spoilage. This ancient Italian process of drying grapes before fermentation intensifies the wine's flavour profile and increases the sugar content. The result is a great tasting, Ontario wine that shows innovation is thriving in Norfolk County.


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