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Ontario winery expands business

An Ontario winery will add jobs and support local farmers with its expansion


Pelee Island, Ont. – An Ontario winery is expanding its business – with the help of Ontario’s Rural Economic Development Program.

Pelee Island Winery & Vineyards will expand its Kingsville winery with a new bottling line, wine filtration system and one million additional litres of storage capacity.

The upgrades will allow the company to:

• increase wine production from 20,000 to 45,000 litres per day;
• increase sales by more than $6 million within five years;
• create six new jobs and retain 10 existing positions; and
• support local farmers by using 1,250 additional tons of Ontario grapes.

“Ontario’s investment in this project is helping us expand into new markets by increasing our production and storage capacity,” says Walter Schmoranz, president of Pelee Island Winery & Vineyards.

“As a result we are creating and protecting jobs in the region and buying more quality grapes from local farmers. We are confident this expansion will benefit Kingsville and the County of Essex for years to come.”