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Wine Thang: What is the VQA designation?
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The staff of Ravine Winery share their expertise and offer a brief explanation about an aspect of wine in this regular feature. So, whether you’re an expert oenophile or a newbie just finding your way around wine country, we trust you’ll enjoy. Cheers!


All countries that produce wines have strict quality assurance systems that define their best grape growing regions and set standards for the grapes grown in these regions.

In Canada that designation is VQA which stands for Vintners Quality Alliance.

If you see VQA Ontario on a bottle, it means the wine is made from 100 per cent Ontario-grown grapes, which have been approved through the strict VQA quality-assurance program.