Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Pillitteri Estates Winery - Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Photo of Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jamie Slingerland and Gary Pillitteri

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jamie Slingerland and Gary Pillitteri

Three new grape varieties will be available for pressing into Ontario wines in the near future, thanks to the determination and combined efforts of local growers, vintners, and educational and research facilities. Pillitteri Estates was the driving force behind getting the varieties through all the trials and errors of research, government certification procedures, and commercialization. The process for adapting the vines to Ontario conditions was sped up by five years by growing them in a greenhouse and continuously grafting shoots as they developed.


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