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Governments investing $856,000 in Ontario's wine

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The Ontario government and the Government of Canada are investing in a Prince Edward County winery as part of a larger $856,000 investment to help Ontario wineries to expand their production.

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Hardie Wines Limited, also known as Norman Hardie Winery has received over $43,000 under the Growing Forward 2 initiative to:

- Purchase a state-of-the-art wine press with specialized oak barrels from France that will store high-quality product.

- Implement a stackable wine tank system to increase productivity and reduce operating costs.

Norman Hardie Winery is one of 20 wineries in Ontario that will benefit from this federal and provincial government support through Growing Forward 2 - a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that supports programs aimed at improving innovation, competitiveness, market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

These investments help achieve the federal government's goal to support the agricultural and agri-food sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation.

Ontario is the largest wine region in Canada and the province's wine industry supports over 7,000 direct jobs.

Ontario is home to over 200 different wineries in Niagara, Prince Edward County, the Lake Erie north shore and other emerging regions.

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