About the CCWA...
The Canadian Craft Winemakers Association (CCWA) is an association which looks to promote and protect the interests of manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in Canada. With members in almost every province in Canada, the CCWA looks to provide educational opportunities for all retailers to help them grow their businesses. As well, we provide preferred rates on important business services, such as banking, insurance, web design, etc. Finally, the CCWA represents our members' interest in dealing with both the provincial and federal government. We are committed to promoting provincial and federal legislation that will allow the Craft Winemaking industry in Canada to flourish.
Meet the CCWA Board of Directors for 2015-2016
Executive Director - Michael Hind
Administrator - Mary Jane Haist
President - Chris Woods
Vice-President - Gavin Hawthorne
Treasurer - Sheri Bednar
Secretary - Wade Borden
Directors - Joelle Boisvert, Dani Cardosa, Mark Eagle, Frank Raposo, David Repol, Joseph Magnotta, Liane Gillies, Kevin Wyatt, Gaylor Kovak, Mark Powers
Click Below to access our Minutes from past Board of Directors and Annual General Meetings:
CCWA E-Newsletters - Archive
Catch up on past issues of the CCWA E-Newsletter:
Craft Winemaking Resource Centre
If you are looking for information on how to make incredible wines, to better your winemaking skills, or train a new employee, the Craft Winemaking Resource Centre is for you! Below is a collection of winemaking resources that you can access at anytime, anywhere, all with the click of a mouse.
This resource centre is brought to you by RJS Craft Winemaking, a CCWA manufacturer member. Tools - such as short videos and powerpoint presentations - are used to convey information on Craft Winemaking in an convenient and easy format. Topics include the following:
- Wine Kit Ingredients
- Equipment Maintenance
- Common Winemaking Mistakes and Solutions
- Craft Wine and Food Pairing
Check out this great resource - RJS Craft Winemaking 101
Want to find information about the wine industry in North America? Check out winebusiness.com. One of the most comprehensive listing of wine industry news, blogs, growing information, supplier listings, etc. Definitely a great resource to learn more about the business of wine.
As we approach Ontario's busy summer festival season, this webnar will offer a primer on how to conduct the sale and service of alcohol at your event in a safe, responsible manner. A panel form the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Police and Smart Serve Ontario will address the a number of key issues, including:
- navigating the Special Occassion Permit Process
- understanding your obligations on event day
- responsible server training
Effective May 1st, 2014, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“AGCO”) is administering a two-year pilot project to permit the sale of Vintners’ Quality Alliance (“VQA”) wine at Farmers’ Markets in Ontario. In order to participate in the pilot program, a winery must hold a manufacturer’s licence from the AGCO, manufacture VQA wine, operate an on-site winery retail store and obtain an authorization from the AGCO to sell VQA wine at an occasional extension of its on-site winery retail store at Farmers’ Markets (“occasional extension”). Wineries will not be required to pay a fee for this authorization.