Ontario exports of the province’s wine into China are significantly expanding due to two important agreements that will bring millions in investment. As part of the 2015 Agri-Food Trade Mission to China, Ministers Jeff Leal and Michael Chan participated in ceremonies involving two major Ontario wineries and their international partners:
Ontario’s Pillitteri Estates Winery and China-based Hare Wine Company have signed a $6 million agreement that will bring more Ontario Icewine to China which will help meet the growing demand for this specialist Ontario product.
Ontario’s Vineland Estates Winery will now sell its wines at a retail outlet in Tai’an, a city in the Shandong province of China. The retail outlet is operated by Vineland’s long-term Chinese partner, L’Huillier Wine Company.
The Agri-Food Trade Mission to China is helping to fulfill the Premier’s Agri-Food Growth Challenge, which calls on the sector to double its rate of growth and create 120,000 new jobs by 2020.