Windsor-area winery to double production

A southwestern Ontario winery has picked up public funding to more than double its output by way of a major expansion.

Pelee Island Winery will get $451,200 from the province’s Rural Economic Development Program toward its investments in a new bottling line, wine filtration system and a million additional litres of storage capacity.

The expansion will allow the company to boost wine production to 45,000 litres per day, up from 20,000, and boost sales by over $6 million within five years, the province said in a release Friday.

“As a result, we are creating and protecting jobs in the region and buying more quality grapes from local farmers,” company president Walter Schmoranz said in the release.

Specifically, the company would buy another 1,250 tonnes of Ontario grapes per year and create another six jobs at its facility at Kingsville, about 40 km southeast of Windsor on Lake Erie.

The provincial investment will help the company expand into new markets, Schmoranz said. The winery’s products are already marketed throughout the province, across Canada and into Europe, the U.S. and China.

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