Lambton Winery Questions New Rules

Alton Farms Estate Winery

Lambton County’s first grape winery welcomes new regulations as long as they apply to all homegrown Ontario wines.

Mark Alton, the owner of Alton Farms Estate Winery, has concerns if the rules only apply to VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wines.

He says because they’re the only producer in this area they don’t carry that designation.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced provincial liquor laws are being relaxed to allow homegrown wines to be sold at farmers’ markets.

Wynne says broadening the availability of Ontario wines is part of a five-year, $75-million plan to support local wineries, saying they’re catalysts for tourism and new business.