On February 20 2018 stakeholders in the Canadian grape and wine industry participated in a workshop with the objective to: Gain an understanding of current initiatives and mandates supporting the grapevine sector Identify industry research needs as the foundation for enhanced collaboration Develop a common understanding of the benefits and best applications of various diagnostic tools (e.g., NGS, Droplet Digital PCR) This comprehensive report details the workshop’s discussions and presentations, including : Agenda Summary report CGCN presentation CFIA’s Regulatory aspects of clean plants testing AAFC Science & Technology Branch presentation GGO’s Grape and Wine Industry Research Needs to Support a Clean Plant Program CFIA’s Sidney Infrastructure
Through the Canadian Grape and Wine Science Cluster, CGCN has applied for funding under the AgriScience program led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in order to develop a strategy for best management practices in the vineyards with researchers and industry. The application was submitted January 8th, 2018 for $17 million and is currently under review with a decision to come in spring. The top research priority is the strategic management of grapevine virus diseases, to be achieved through coordination of research activities. Along with research into cold hardiness and sustainable management of soil, water and crop quality to overall improve the quality of Canadian wines.
The Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) is the culmination of a collaborative effort between the Grape Growers of Ontario, British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Association des Vignerons du Quebec and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia. The objective of the CGCN is to advance the Canadian grape and wine industry by ensuring a sustainable supply of certified propagative grapevine material. The CGCN was officially incorporated February 13th 2017 with six board members representing Canada’s four grape-growing provinces. The first official board meeting of the CGCN was held February 6th 2017 where Hans Buchler, Research Coordinator for the British Columbia Wine Grape Council was nominated