The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) is pleased to announce the results of the inaugural Canadian Wine Industry Awards. These prestigious awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond to support and enhance the wine industry in Canada, celebrating the success, leadership and outstanding commitment in Canada’s grape wine industry.
“It is a great honour to recognize George and Trudy Heiss of Gray Monk Estates, British Columbia’s oldest family owned and operated winery, with the Award of Distinction” said Tony Stewart, CVA Chair and President of Quails’ Gate Winery. “The Heiss’ are trail blazers and can be credited with bringing many high quality vinifera vines to Canada, as well as helping to establish the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA).”
The Award of Distinction is the preeminent award for the Canadian wine industry and regarded as the highest form of peer recognition and appreciation of outstanding leadership, commitment and passion for the advancement of the Canadian wine industry.
The Wine Industry Champion Award was presented to Dean Allison, federal Member of Parliament for the Niagara West-Glanbrook riding in Ontario, recognizing Mr. Allison’s exemplary support for the Canadian wine industry and contributions to the overall strength and long-term viability of the industry.
“As the champion of the excise duty exemption on 100% Canadian wine in 2006, Mr. Allison has strengthened every single Canadian winery,” remarked Stewart. “Over the last decade, Mr. Allison has supported the Canadian wine industry through fostering stronger federal relationships and endorsing key legislation, including the most recent federal Icewine definition.”
The awards were presented on July 8, 2014, in concert with the BC Wine Institute’s Wine Industry Recognition Award, which recognized CedarCreek Estate Winery founder, Senator Ross Fitzpatrick. The event was held in Kelowna, […]