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2011 Regional Award Winner
Wine Council of Ontario - Vineland
Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Hillary Dawson and Ed Madronich
A number of the wineries that belong to the Wine Council of Ontario have signed up for a program that promotes sustainable growing practices. The idea is to produce wines that better reflect the true character of the soil, known as 'terroir.' The program includes using innovative methods like gravity-fed operations, biodynamic farming and organic certification. The organization has developed best-practice guidelines that address topics such as viticulture, waste water management on the farm, and efficient energy use. The businesses that have adopted the program are convinced that they can sell more product, attract better employees and protect the natural environment.