Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2011 Regional Award Winner


The Carriage House Cooperage - Wellington

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Photo of Jeff Leal, MPP Peterborough, Marla Cameron-Bradford and Pete Bradford

Jeff Leal, MPP Peterborough, Marla Cameron-Bradford and Pete Bradford

Pete Bradford and Marla Cameron-Bradford know how to roll out the barrels. Their Carriage House Cooperage is one of only two known commercial barrel makers in Canada. The couple have built their success through craftsmanship, patience and innovation. What makes them stand apart are their unique "CHOA" barrels, made from a combination of Canadian cherry, hickory, oak and ash woods. The wood is seasoned on site for at least two years before being crafted into barrels. While respecting time-honoured traditions, this couple also knows how to add new value to their business. With their latest innovation, they're taking unwanted spoiled wine from vintners and creating exceptional gourmet red wine vinegar, aged in the CHOA barrels. Their vinegar has garnered praise from local Ontario chefs and the Niagara Culinary Institute. It's a fine example of how ancient craftsmanship can help create new Ontario products.

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