OFVC Education Series 2 - Grape events

Posted Feb 9th, 2021 in News Articles, Events

OFVC Education Series 2 - Grape events

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention "Educational Series 2" - Grape events


The pandemic has forced the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention to postpone the annual gathering of horticultural fruit and vegetable growers. In order to continue to support producers with access to industry expertise and topical educational information, OFVC is proud to present the 2021 Educational Series.

The program provides a series of free educational presentations, available through ofvc.ca. The presentations will range in scope from live sessions to pre-recorded videos. Access links will be provided in the OFVC digital eNewsletters distributed bi-weekly beginning in January.


Pre-recorded video presentations will be available for viewing anytime at ofvc.ca. Live sessions will be available during scheduled times and may require advance registration. Live presentations are presented using the Zoom application and can be viewed on desktop, tablet or mobile device. If you do not have high speed internet, log in using audio only to ensure a better experience.

How can you ensure you are part of the free program?

If you registered for OFVC in the past 2 years, you are already on the list to receive the eNewsletters.

If you have not been to the convention but want to be included, simply click here to SUBSCRIBE NOW or use the button below to join the list.


Click on the following link to view the current available videos: https://www.ofvc.ca/videos.html


FEBRUARY 12, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 1 pm EST

Making Red Wine from Hybrids: Challenges and How to Solve Them.

Speaker: Karine Pedneault, Assistant Professor, Université Sainte-Anne, Nova Scotia
Organized by: Belinda Kemp (Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University)

In Canada, interspecific hybrid (IH) grape varieties showing a high tolerance to cold temperatures are popular among growers, especially in provinces such as Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia where variations in winter climate, and yearly variation in summer temperatures may affect vine health and berry ripening, respectively. IH varieties are issued from crosses between the traditional Vitis vinifera varieties, and other Vitis species such as V. riparia, V. labrusca, and others. Due to their genetics, IH varieties carry a number of characteristics that makes them different from V. vinifera varieties, not only in the vineyard (higher vigor, higher disease tolerance, higher resistance to cold.) but also in the winery. Besides having their own aroma character, red IHG berries often show high color, high protein but low tannin content. In many red and white varieties, nitrogen content is often twice as high as the values found in traditional V. vinifera varieties. While many winemakers use traditional winemaking processes for the production of IH wine, some of these processes provide average results, insufficient to compete with V. vinifera wines on the market. In this webinar, challenges related to IH winemaking will be discussed and alternative processes that may help improving the quality of IH wine will be presented.

Live event. Advance registration required. Click here to register

FEBRUARY 18, 2021 | 7 pm - 9 pm

Effective Grape Spraying: What Can Go Wrong and How to Get it Right

Speaker: David Manktelow, Applied Research & Technology Ltd, New Zealand
Organized by: Wendy McFadden-Smith, OMAFRA

Live event. Advance registration required. Click here to register

FEBRUARY 26, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 1 pm

Tannin Alert: A Red Winemaking Tool for Ontario Winemakers to Improve Tannin Extraction and Red Wine Consumer Preference

Speaker: Debbie Inglis, Director of the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), and Professor in Faculty of Math and Science, Brock University
Organized by: Belinda Kemp, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University

Live event. Advance registration required. Click here to register

MARCH 9, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1 pm

Impact of COVID on the Grape and Wine Industry

Speakers: Marie Cundari and Aaron Pothier, LCBO
Organized by: Kathryn Carter, OMAFRA

Live event. Advance registration required. Click here to register

MARCH 11, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1 pm

Fresh Grape Cost of Production

Speaker: John Molenhuis, OMAFRA
Organized by: Kathryn Carter, OMAFRA

Live event. Registration information coming soon.. Click here to be notified when registration for this event is available.

From Our Team

  • Canada's wine industry generates revenues of $1.2 billion and employs over 5,600 people. Exports of wine in 2016 equaled $133.6 million
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