2017 Grape King announced

Doug Whitty of Whitty Farms has been named the 2017 Grape King. The title is given out annually to recognize an individual who has demonstrated excellent quality and expertise in the industry.

 

“We are thrilled to have someone with Doug’s experience and commitment serve as Grape King and ambassador for our grape and wine industry,” Grape Growers of Ontario chair, Matthias Oppenlaender said in a news release.

 

The selection of the Grape King dates back to 1956. This year is special with Canada celebrating its 150th, the Grape Growers of Ontario celebrating 70 years and Whitty Farms will enter its 110th year.

 

When the competition first started, the King had a crown and cape. Today the King wears a chain that has the names etched of all the Kings. He is the second in his family to win the title. His uncle Rodger won it in 1983.

 

“As a third-generation grape grower in Ontario, and the second of the family to be crowned Grape King, Doug is experienced in all aspects of the industry,” Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario said in a news release.

 

Whitty will now spend the next year as an ambassador for Ontario’s grape and wine industry at events across the country.

 

Source: Grape Growers of Ontario

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