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West Avenue Gold Dust Cider tops cider awards; Hare and Angel’s Gate wines named as 2017 Legislature wines


West Avenue Cider’s Gold Dust Cider won best of show at the Ontario Cider Awards while Hare Wine Company’s Jack Rabbit Red and Angel’s Gate’s Sussreserve Riesling were chosen as the official wines at the Ontario Legislature in separate competitions recently.

Ontario Cider Award 2016 winners


Gold: Thornbury Beverage Co. – Thornbury Premium Apple Cider
Silver: Ernest Cider Company – Ernest Cider Dry
Bronze: Brickworks Ciderhouse – Queen Street 501
Bronze: Niagara Teaching College – Cider 101

1st: West Avenue Cider – Gold Dust
2nd: Heritage Estate Cidery – Eden’s Apple
3rd: Collective Arts – Local Press

Gold: Ironwood Hard Cider – Perrydise 100% Pear Cider
Silver: Pommies Cider – Pommies Perry
Bronze: Revel Cider – Hop X
Bronze: Shiny Apple Cider – Pear with Gewürztraminer

1st:Thornbury Village Cider Co. – Thornbury Spiced Cider
2nd: Spirit Tree Estate Cider – Pumpkin Cider
3rd: Shiny Apple Cider – Shiny with Pinot Noir

West Avenue Cider – Gold Dust

Official Wines of Ontario Legislature

Official Wines of Ontario Legislature

The Grape Growers of Ontario with the Honourable Speaker of the Legislature and MPP for Brant County, Dave Levac, hosted the 38th Annual Wine Tasting event at Queen’s Park on Nov. 1. Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair of the Grape Growers of Ontario, along with Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, announced that the following have been chosen as the official wines of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for 2017:

Red Wine:
Hare Wine Co. 2013 Jack Rabbit Red

White Wine:
Angel’s Gate Winery 2015 Süssreserve Riesling


“The Grape Growers of Ontario thank the Members of Provincial Parliament for their continuing support as we celebrate the grape harvest and choose the official red and white VQA wines of the Legislative Assembly for the coming year,” said Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair. “We are also pleased to be working closely with the Government of Ontario on the renewed Grape and Wine Strategy which provides funding for key vineyard and winery investments as well as enhanced marketing for the province’s VQA wines.”

“The wines showcased at the wine tasting reflect the connection between 100% Ontario grown grapes and the winemakers who craft them. We thank all participating wineries,” said Debbie Zimmerman, CEO.

“We are very excited to have our 2013 Jack Rabbit Red selected as the official red wine of the Legislature for 2017. As a brand new Ontario winery, this is a very special honour that showcases our commitment to producing high quality wines made from 100% Ontario grown grapes. Thank you from our team at The Hare Wine Co. and we hope you enjoy!” said John Hare, Owner of Hare Wine Co.

“We are proud to have been recognized by the Legislative Assembly for our hard work and dedication to producing quality VQA wine,” said A.J. McLaughlin, V.P. of Sales and Marketing at Angel’s Gate Winery.