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IN THE VINEYARD SWO CERTIFIED MEANS:

Healthy Soils

Ontario grape growers use cover crops between vine rows to add nutrients, control vine growth, attract beneficial insects and prevent erosion.

Integrated Pest Management

Ontario grape growers employ cultural techniques for managing pests in their vineyards, such as scouting for pests, establishing beneficial insects and using safe and sustainable ways to control wildlife.

Enhancing Wildlife Habitat

Ontario grape growers plant vegetation for wildlife, create piles of stone and or brush for habitation, or maintain, enhance, or rehabilitate wetlands on their properties.

Practicing Responsible Irrigation

Many Ontario grape growers have implemented the use of drip irrigation systems which reduces the amount of water used.

Monitoring Vines

Ontario grape growers are helping our local grape and wine industry grow by investing in Canadian Grapevine Certification Network research and planting certified virus-free grapevines.

Renewable Energy

Many Ontario grape growers use solar panels, wind or hydro-electricity throughout their vineyard operations.

Animals In The Vineyards

Employing the help of animals reduces environmental impacts, benefits the soil, and ecosystem.

Biodiversity

Encouraging a variety of plants and animals in vineyards, such as milkweeds, butterflies, bees and other insects to help control pests.

Composting

Organic matter, such as grape pomace, is composted back into the vineyard. Organic amendments such as compost or manure can provide significant amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to the soil.

Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario Certified

Vineyards

Andrewes Farms Ltd.

ANDREW PELLER LIMITED

BOB NEDELKO

CAVE SPRING VINEYARD

CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES WINES LTD

Fruithaven Farms Ltd.

Ergenocan Investments Inc.

GLENLAKE ORCHARDS

ERWIN WIENS VINEYARDS LTD.

FLAT ROCK VINEYARD

Honsberger Estates

FEROX ESTATES WINERY

HUEBEL FARMS ESTATES

HUEBEL GRAPEs ESTATES

HUGHES VINEYARDS

J.D. WHITTY FARMS

Keczan Farm

K.J. WATSON FARMS LIMITED

Lado Viscek Jr.

Larry Dubois

MALIVOIRE WINE COMPANY

Lawrie Vineyards

MARK PICONE

Niagara College Teaching Winery

Nokara Farms Ltd.

Oxley Estate Winery

Paragon Estate Vineyards

PELEE ISLAND WINERY + VINEYARDS INC.

Reif Vineyards Inc.

Seeger Farms Ltd.

SOUTHBROOK VINEYARDS

STREWN WINERY INC.

Thwaites Farms Ltd.

Tim Andrews & Sandra Edgeworth

TREGUNNO FRUIT FARMS INC.

VINELAND ESTATES WINERY

W. Farms

WARREN RIDGE INC.

WILLIAM FALK FARMS

William J. Baranick

William P. Baranick

Grape Growers of Ontario is responsible for vineyard certification