The first-ever Canadian Grape and Wine Science Cluster is now fully funded. On July 4, federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay announced an investment of up to $8.4 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Clusters.
“This is the first time the four grape-growing provinces have joined forces to form the Canadian Grape and Wine Science Cluster,” says Hans Buchler, chair, Canadian Grapevine Certification Network, based in British Columbia. “Research plays an important role in the continuous enhancement of the quality of grapes and wine and the reduction of the environmental footprint of the entire production cycle. We are very grateful for the investment that the Government of Canada and Minister MacAulay provide toward the ongoing success of the Canadian grape and wine sector.”
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's wine sector is continuing to expand, generating revenues of $1.2 billion in 2016 and employing more than 5,600 people.
“Today’s announcement and investment in the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network for Canada’s grape growing industry comes after many years of hard work and collaboration,” says Matthias Oppenlaender, chair, Grape Growers of Ontario. “The Grape Growers of Ontario are pleased to be working alongside our partners in Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia and with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to create a domestic supply of clean rootstock which is critical to the future of Canada’s grape growing industry.”
This research investment, which includes up to an additional $3.7 million from industry contributions, will help growers better protect their crops, test new vine varieties, and analyze growing practices in Canadian vineyards that are better for the environment.
MinisterMacAulay also announced an additional investment of $1.5 million over three years to the Canadian Vintner’s Association under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriMarketing program. The funding will assist the industry in bolstering its presence to the external trade, and promotions in traditional markets, such as the U.S., the U.K, and China.
The announcement comes in advance of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, July 20-22 in the Niagara region.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada July 4, 2018 news release