NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) has announced the results of the second annual Canadian Wine Industry Awards, recognizing individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond to support and enhance the wine industry in Canada. The awards celebrate success, leadership and outstanding commitment in Canada’s grape wine industry.
“It is a great honour to recognize Newman Smith of Strewn Winery, Ontario, with the Award of Distinction,” said Tony Stewart, CVA chair and president of Quails’ Gate Winery. “He is an industry veteran in the true sense of the word, actively serving the wine industry for 45 years. Newman has helped build the Canadian wine industry from the ground up, working to establish the regulatory, financial and policy foundation, which has helped pave the way for this industry’s 550 wineries. His contributions of the past and present continue to strengthen our industry.”
The Award of Distinction is the preeminent award for the Canadian wine industry and regarded as the highest form of peer recognition and appreciation of outstanding leadership, commitment and passion for the advancement of the Canadian wine industry.
The Wine Industry Champion Award was presented to John Schreiner of Vancouver, recognizing his enthusiastic and influential support for the Canadian wine industry.
“In the last 30 years, John has written 15 books on Canadian wine and wine regions, including The Wines of Canada and his most popular book, Okanagan Wine Tour Guide, which is now in its fifth edition,” stated Stewart. “John’s been a fan of Canadian wines long before they were considered cool and through his work, he’s educated and influenced consumers across the country and beyond our borders.”
The awards were presented on July 16, in concert with the fifth annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebrate event at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery with 120 Canadian and international industry and political guests of honour.