The following post was supplied by the Grape Growers of Ontario, which is doing a series of videos on the men and women growing the grapes that make Ontario’s spectacular wines. To help share the stories, Eating Niagara is donating space on this website.
By Grape Growers of Ontario
What makes a good wine grape? How can you tell when a grape is ripe?
Ask Ontario grape grower Kevin Watson.
Kevin Watson is a second generation grape grower with 80 acres of vinifera grapes in
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. His dad planted his first vines in 1979. Today, Kevin and
his wife, Cathy, produce 13 varieties, from vines that include some of the province’s
earliest plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Franc.
In this third video from the Grape Growers of Ontario, the grapes are just reaching
veraison (that means they are starting to mature and ripen), and Kevin shares his
passion for growing wine grapes.
Each grape grower in Ontario has a rich story to tell. We want to share the stories
with you about the farms, the families and the grapes. Meet the growers and see the
care that goes into growing the grapes that produce the Ontario wines you love at