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Good weather makes good wines

Lisa Varano, staff writer

September 25, 2010 — Cheers! Ontario grape growers are toasting the summer weather.

The right weather for growing grapes
The right weather for growing grapes

People in the wine industry are buzzing about what an exceptional year it's been for growing grapes in Ontario.

First, there was the right combination of sun and rain in the spring. Then, the summer also delivered ideal weather -- warm days and cool evenings.

Wine connoisseurs say you'll be able to taste the result.

“If you need to buy some superb reds, or superb whites, put them away. Hold on to them because you'll come back to them in a couple of years and you'll say -- oh, that 2010 vintage is just something to remember, ” says Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario.

Juicy grapes ready to be picked
Juicy grapes ready to be picked

The grapes are ripening in vineyards across the province. Harvest season has only just begun, so grape growers are hoping frost stays away.

If you're taking advantage of the cool weekend weather in southern Ontario and driving around to take in the fall foliage, make a detour. The Niagara Wine Festival ends Sunday.

Next stop: Picking up the perfect pumpkin.

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