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 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 2017-2018

Executive Director - Michael Hind

Administrator - Mary Jane Haist

President - Wade Borden

Vice-President - Vacant

Treasurer - Vacant

Secretary - Mark Hvasti

Directors - Jim Mullen, Kevin Rex, Alison Watson, Mark Eagle, Dani Cardosa, David Repol

Click Below to access our Minutes from past Board of Directors and Annual General Meetings:

October 19th, 2015

April 27th, 2015


CCWA E-Newsletters - Archive

Catch up on past issues of the CCWA E-Newsletter:

November 2015


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. 

RJS Craft Winemaking 101

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
  • Sanitation
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Common Winemaking Mistakes and Solutions
  • Craft Wine and Food Pairing

Check out this great resource - RJS Craft Winemaking 101


Wine Business.com - Home page for the Wine Industry

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.


Alcohol Service at Festivals and Large Public Events - What you need to know

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

To view this webinar, click here

VQA Wine Sales at Farmer's Markets

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.

To view this webinar, click here


Contact Us

PO Box 22 Thorold Ontario Canada L2V 3Y7
Tel: 905-227-0680 Fax: 613-701-4220

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