Regulation - Minister

Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 406/00

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 406/00
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999
Summary of Proposal:
The ministry is looking for input to make the following change to the current wine standards rules by:

Adding the Glera grape variety to the list of authorized grapes used for wine produced in Ontario and eligible for approval by Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario, Ontario's Wine Appellation Authority.


Background:

The Ontario Wine Appellation Authority is a delegated administrative authority responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999. Regulation 406/00 under this Act sets out a specific list of grape varieties authorized for the production of Vintners Quality Alliance wines.

In February 2021, after receiving a request from the industry to add this grape variety to the list, the Ontario Wine Appellation Authority launched stakeholder consultations to seek feedback from its membership and key industry associations. Unanimous support for the proposed change was received.

This proposed addition of the Glera grape variety was also subject to a substantial and thorough review by the Authority's technical advisory committee and its Board of Directors, in accordance with its internal policies for evaluating the addition of grape varieties and regulation changes.

The Ontario Wine Appellation Authority found that the Glera grape variety can produce wines meeting the expected quality standards reflected in the current list of eligible varieties. The Glera variety, commonly grown in other wine producing countries, is new to Ontario and is suited for cultivation in the province's wine regions with the characteristics to produce quality wine for sparkling or still wines.

Authorizing this variety in regulation will give grape growers and wineries in Ontario the opportunity to develop wine using this variety, including for premium Sparkling Wines.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no new or increased administrative or compliance costs to regulated entities associated with this proposal.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-MGCS016
Posting Date:
May 25, 2021
Comments Due Date:
July 9, 2021
Contact Address:
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
56 Wellesley Street, 6th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1C1