WINE Marketplace LEADERS HONOURED AT THE 2022 CANADIAN WINE GROWERS SYMPOSIUM, The Canadian Small business Journal

WINE Marketplace LEADERS HONOURED AT THE 2022 CANADIAN WINE GROWERS SYMPOSIUM, The Canadian Small business Journal
WINE Marketplace LEADERS HONOURED AT THE 2022 CANADIAN WINE GROWERS SYMPOSIUM, The Canadian Small business Journal

Ottawa, ON., July 11, 2022 (Globe NEWSWIRE) — Wine Growers Canada (WGC), Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC), Wine Growers Ontario (WGO) and Ontario Craft Wineries (OCW) are proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Canadian Wine Industry Awards, the 2022 Wine Growers British Columbia Marketplace Recognition Awards, and the Ontario Wine Marketplace Champion Award which have been all presented through a digital ceremony these days.

This year’s distinguished recipients are:  

Canadian Wine Business Award of Difference – Gary Pillitteri
Canadian Wine Sector Champion Award – Debbie Inglis
The Karl Kaiser Canadian Winemaker Award – Paul Pender
Wine Growers British Columbia Market Recognition Award – Marjorie King
Wine Growers British Columbia Award of Difference – Josie Tyabji
Ontario Wine Business Winner Award – Rafik Louli

2022 Canadian Wine Field Awards 

The Canadian Wine Market Awards, sponsored by nationwide accounting, tax and enterprise firm MNP, are presented every year by WGC and identify individuals, companies and enterprises that have long gone over and further than to support and greatly enhance the wine sector in Canada, celebrating the results, leadership, and outstanding dedication in Canada’s grape wine business.

“Today’s Canadian Wine Sector Awards have showcased our diverse marketplace, and all people at Wine Growers Canada is honoured to understand the outstanding contribution, perseverance and experience that all of our nominees and winners have delivered. Recognizing and celebrating these achievements is really important, to showcase the knowledge and sheer tricky function of our deserving winners,” reported WGC President and CEO, Dan Paszkowski.

The winner of the Canadian Wine Field Award of Distinction – regarded as the maximum type of peer recognition in the Canadian wine market is Gary Pillitteri, Proprietor/Founder, Pillitteri Estates Vineyard.

“For many years, Gary Pillitteri has been known for his operate ethic and initiative, with a strong feeling of family, giving again to his group, and an unwavering determination in direction of the pursuit of Canadian wine excellence,” remarked Paszkowski. “This award is a testament to Gary’s vision of setting up a globe course winery and a correct household enterprise, with a devotion to increasing the Canadian wine market and generating wines that are bought around the earth.”

The Wine Marketplace Winner Award, is presented to an specific who has supplied exemplary help to the Canadian wine market by media, plan or advocacy, was awarded to Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock University’s Great Local climate Oenology and Viticulture (CCOVI).

“WGC is proud to honour Debbie for her fantastic contribution by concentrating on the investigation priorities of the Canadian grape and wine industry,” mentioned Paszkowski. “Through tricky scientific function and leadership, ranging from yeast to icewine, and being named Director of CCOVI to currently being topped Grape King, Debbie is breaking down barriers and is an internationally acknowledged advocate for the Canadian wine industry.”

The Karl Kaiser Canadian Winemaker Award was produced in 2018 to rejoice excellent Canadian winemakers, in honour of the legacy of the late Karl Kaiser, a Canadian wine field pioneer and viticultural visionary. The recipient of this year’s award is the late Paul Pender, Tawse Vineyard.

“With around 20 vintages, and an impressive record of awards, Paul has crafted wonderful Canadian wines. His service to winemaking, his expertise and abilities, his enthusiasm and innovation, have all performed a significant section in not only encouraging produce a adore for wine, but also positioning Canada on the planet map of great wines,” said Paszkowski.

2022 British Columbia Market Recognition Awards 

The Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC) Marketplace Recognition Awards are presented per year in acknowledgement of exceptional achievements and contributions to the BC wine business. 

“It is usually critical to acknowledge folks and organizations who go higher than and beyond to promote and assist our sector. That is why right now we are happy to existing our once-a-year awards alongside Wine Growers Canada and the Ontario wine sector in order to honour people who have develop into stewards of the grape wine sector across Canada,” states Wine Growers British Columbia CEO & President Miles Prodan. “The storied achievements of today’s BC business award recipients converse to how considerably we have come as an sector, and the dazzling foreseeable future ahead for BC VQA wine.”

The Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Award was founded in 2013 to honour a non-vineyard particular person, business enterprise, or group for aid of the BC wine industry and BC VQA Wine by way of media, analysis, coverage, regulation, education and learning, or advocacy. Past recipients include Kurtis Kolt (sommelier), Tim Pawsey (wine author), Jeffrey Thomas (BC Wine Authority), MLA and former Parliamentary Secretary of Liquor John Yap, and John Schreiner (wine author). We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the WGBC Industry Recognition Award is Marjorie King, pioneer of BC VQA wine analysis and Canadian based wine award competitions. 

“Marjorie’s passion for BC wine, sharing awareness, and creating local community shines as a result of her do the job acquiring the BC VQA sensory analysis course of action, a crucial contributor to the evolution of the BC wine industry,” said Prodan. “We thank Marjorie for her management part in creating the status of BC VQA wine, today acknowledged for continually world-class high quality.”

“I’m honoured to acknowledge this award. I was significantly lucky to perform with people who collectively experienced a eyesight for the long run of a young Canadian Wine Field,” remarked King. “It was their belief, dedication, and willingness to do the job alongside one another that manufactured my contribution doable. It is gratifying to see some of that belief appear to fruition.”

Recognized in 2016, the Wine Growers British Columbia Award of Distinction recognizes a vineyard or grower agent for remarkable management, dedication, and passion for the improvement of the British Columbia wine business. Previous winners consist of Glen Fawcett (Black Hills Estate Winery), Howard Soon (Andrew Peller Ltd.), Harry McWatters (Encore Vineyards), Tony Stewart (Quails’ Gate Winery), and Vera Klokocka (Hillside Winery). We are happy to announce that this year’s receiver is Josie Tyabji, Lover at Gneiss Wines at the District Wine Village in Oliver, BC. 

“Josie has been a major wine business voice symbolizing vineyard passions on regional and countrywide boards such as as the initially female Chair of Wine Growers British Columbia (then the BC Wine Institute),” mentioned Prodan. “Josie was integral in seeing the business by tumultuous periods, and her continued involvement in BC wineries, including her hand in the establishment of Nk’Mip Cellars by means of collaboration with the Osoyoos Indian Band speaks to her under no circumstances-ceasing motivation to the development of the BC wine business.”

“’It takes a village’ is what we like to say these times at the District Wine Village and that has always been a thing I consider in wholeheartedly. From the early groundbreaking days of establishing industry’s quality wine concentrate write-up free trade, to now back again to a boutique winery bringing in the 3rd era with my daughter Christine,” remarked Tyabji on her 35+ 12 months vocation. “When wine receives in your blood it becomes a life time passion, and when we are all rowing in the identical path towards our frequent eyesight we can achieve terrific matters. I search ahead to the next chapter of wines in British Columbia as we continue to grow this incredible entire world class region collectively.”

2022 Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award 

The Ontario Wine Field Winner Award is bestowed to an individual who has provided exemplary assist for the Ontario wine sector through media, research, coverage and regulation, education and learning or advocacy, or considerably contributing to the total power and long-expression viability of the industry. The award recognizes champions who are passionate about Ontario wine and field prosperity, outside of people employed right in the market. “Ontario Craft Wineries and Wine Growers Ontario are quite proud to announce the inaugural Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award winner. It is very important to our businesses that we identify the considerable contributions from individuals who make the good results of our sector possible,” stated Aaron Dobbin, President and CEO of Wine Growers Ontario. 

Wine Growers Ontario and Ontario Craft Wineries wish to congratulate Rafik Louli from the Liquor Manage Board of Ontatrio (LCBO) on getting preferred as the inaugural recipient of the Ontario Wine Field Winner Award! Rafik is the Vice President, Retail Functions Division at the LCBO. Rafik was picked in recognition of all the hard operate and assistance he and the LCBO retail workforce have demonstrated the Ontario wine field in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely grateful for the help. “The COVID pandemic proved to be a quite tricky time for Ontario VQA wineries. Retaining the LCBO open during people demanding times by supplying a safe and sound encounter for their customers and staff members was incredibly important for our marketplace, and Rafik and his workforce were instrumental in that exertion,” stated Richard Linley, President of Ontario Craft Wineries.

“I want to thank the OCW and WGO for the inaugural Ontario Wine Field Winner Award,” reported Rafik Louli. “I would like to take this recognition on behalf of our retail workers who show perseverance and professionalism every day, and have been integral to LCBO doorways staying open for Ontarians during the pandemic. The LCBO is fully commited to supplying a finest-in-course retail working experience for our buyers and we are very pleased to aid the area wines built in Ontario.”

Congratulations to this year’s worthy recipients and thank you for your extraordinary contributions to the Canadian wine marketplace.  

To learn extra about the Canadian Wine Market Awards, stop by, for a lot more information about the Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Awards, visit and for info on the Ontario Wine Sector Winner Award take a look at   

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Rob Taylor, Director, Policy and Government Relations
Wine Growers Canada
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Laura Kittmer, Director of Communications
Wine Growers British Columbia
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Aaron Dobbin, President & CEO
Wine Growers Ontario
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Richard Linley, President
Ontario Craft Wineries
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Wine Growers Canada (WGC) is the nationwide voice of the Canadian wine field, symbolizing more than 90% of yearly wine creation. CVA members are engaged in the entire wine benefit chain from grape increasing, farm administration, grape harvesting, analysis, wine generation, bottling, retail income and tourism. For more info about Wine Growers Canada, go to


Since 1990, WGBC has performed a pivotal function in taking B.C.’s wine field from a vision to an internationally recognized market location creating quality wines and supplying outstanding wine tourism activities.

WGBC markets the wine and locations of B.C. provides quality trade, media and shopper tastings and functions as the voice of B.C.’s wine marketplace by advocating to authorities on behalf of marketplace that contributes $2.8 billion in provincial economic advancement on a yearly basis.

WGBC represents all wineries in British Columbia to increase the quality marketplace share for the Wines of British Columbia, whilst driving consciousness of our world-course wines and tourism product – presently drawing 1,000,000 site visitors with $600 million in tourism and tourism employment connected economic impact each 12 months. For much more facts about Wine Growers British Columbia’s member plans and expert services, you should visit


Wine Growers Ontario (WGO) are the main Ontario wineries and grape growers that are dedicated to giving Ontario wine drinkers a vast variety of high-quality wines to get pleasure from at any celebration. From 100% Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) to Worldwide Domestic Blends (IDB) wines, our award successful wines span the flavor choice, top quality and value appreciated by our neighborhood customers. We are generations of winemakers as properly as new entrepreneurs. We cultivate huge acreages of grapes and smaller sized vineyards as well. Alongside one another, we are very pleased of our global acclaim for award profitable wines generated from the wonderful, wealthy and various Wine State of Ontario. Check out


The OCW champions and advocates for the growth and good results of Ontario VQA wine producers. As a cash intensive and vertically integrated enterprises, OCW aids its vineyard users navigate the industry, expand and be profitable. About the previous 5 a long time, VQA wine producers have developed to 183 wineries from 161 in 2016. VQA creation rose to 3.3 million instances in 2021 from 2.24 million cases in 2016, a putting 47% boost. VQA grape creation rose to an estimated 40.6 tonnes from an believed 31.2 tonnes in 2016. Each year, the Ontario VQA industry contributes effectively in excessive of $2 billion to the province’s overall economy and supports around 11,000 immediate and indirect positions. Check out  


MNP is a major national accounting, tax and company consulting business in Canada. As a result of partner-led engagements, MNP supplies a collaborative, price tag-efficient strategy to doing small business and personalized methods to support businesses triumph in Canada and internationally, and has an in depth record of functioning with foodstuff and beverage processors. For much more information about MNP, visit

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