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MPP says changes to Ontario’s wine industry will reduce regulatory burden

Huron-Bruce MPP and Minister of Government and Consumer Services Lisa Thompson announcing changes to reduce regulatory burden to support the growth of Ontario’s wine industry.

In a release, Thompson says changes have been made to the rules under the Vintner’s Quality Alliance Act that reduces red tape and provides more flexibility to wineries across the province and expands wine choices for consumers.

One of these changes includes adding the Marquette hybrid grape variety to the list of permitted grape varieties to be eligible for Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario approval.

Ontario wineries can also produce wines using grapes from different vintages, or harvest years, as it is now optional for them to label wines with the harvest year with the Ontario geographical indicator. This will increase the choice of table wines available to consumers.