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O. Reg. 47/04: Rules of Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario under Clauses 5 (1) (a), (b) and (c) of the Act Relating to Terms, Descriptions and Designations for VQA Wine

filed March 3, 2004 under Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999, S.O. 1999, c. 3

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ontario regulation 47/04

made under the

Vintners Quality alliance act, 1999

Made: December 3, 2003
Approved: March 2, 2004
Filed: March 3, 2004
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: March 20, 2004

Amending O. Reg. 406/00

(Rules of Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario under Clauses 5 (1) (a), (b) and (c) of the Act Relating to Terms, Descriptions and Designations for VQA Wine)

1. Paragraphs 2 and 3 of section 5 of Ontario Regulation 406/00 are revoked and the following substituted:

2. A bottle shall have,

i. a solid cylindrical closure, inserted in the neck of the bottle, that is made of,

A. natural cork,

B. natural pore-filled cork, filled with resin or dust,

C. cork composite with natural cork disc or discs,

D. cork composite, either particle or agglomerate, or

E. 100 per cent synthetic material, or

ii. a screwcap that preserves the quality of the wine.

3. Despite paragraph 2, a traditional T-shaped stopper may be used as a closure for bottles of fortified wine and liqueur wine.

2. (1) Table 2 of the Regulation is amended by striking out “The wine shall have an actual alcoholic content not less than 8.5% and not greater than 14.9% by volume” in Column 2 opposite subheading “1. Wine or Table Wine” under the heading “Wine Categories” in Column 1 and substituting “The wine shall have an actual alcoholic content not less than 7.0% and not greater than 14.9% by volume”.

(2) Table 2 of the Regulation is amended by striking out “The wine shall have an actual alcoholic content not less than 7.5% and not greater than 14.9% by volume” in Column 2 opposite subheading “2. Icewine” and “3. Botrytized Wine” under the heading “Wine Categories” in Column 1 and substituting in each case “The wine shall have an actual alchoholic content not less than 7.0% and not greater than 14.9% by volume”.

(3) Table 2 of the Regulation is amended by striking out “The wine shall have an actual alcoholic content not less than 8.5% and not greater than 14.9% by volume” in Column 2 opposite, subheadings, “5. Late Harvest Wine”, “6. Select Late Harvest Wine”, “7. Special Select Late Harvest Wine”, “8. Vin du Curé”, “9. Nouveau Red”, “10. Blanc De Noirs” and “13. Sparkling Wine” under the heading “Wine Categories” in Column 1 and substituting in each case “The wine shall have an actual alcoholic content not less than 7.0% and not greater than 14.9% by volume”.

3. Appendix A to the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

APPENDIX A
MINIMUM BRIX LEVELS OF GRAPES AT HARVEST

Geographical Designation or Wine Category

Grape Variety

Minimum Brix (after each pressing when measured after transfer to the fermentation vessel)

Minimum Average Brix (all grapes used in final blend)

  1. Provincial Designation

All

17.0º Brix

17.0º Brix

  2. Viticultural Area, Estate Bottled, Vineyard Designation

Chardonnay

19.0º Brix

20.0º Brix

 

Chardonnay Musque

19.0º Brix

20.0º Brix

 

Gewurztraminer

18.0º Brix

19.0º Brix

 

Muscats

18.0º Brix

18.0º Brix

 

Pinot Gris / Grigio

18.0º Brix

18.5º Brix

 

Riesling

17.5º Brix

18.0º Brix

 

Sauvignon Blanc

18.0º Brix

19.0º Brix

 

Viognier

18.0º Brix

19.0º Brix

 

Cabernet Franc

19.0º Brix

20.0º Brix

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

19.0º Brix

20.0º Brix

 

Gamay Noir

18.0º Brix

19.0º Brix

 

Merlot

19.0º Brix

20.5º Brix

 

Pinot Noir

18.0º Brix

19.5º Brix

 

Syrah / Shiraz

18.0º Brix

19.5º Brix

 

All others

18.0º Brix

18.0º Brix

  3. Sparkling Icewine

All

32.0 ºBrix

35.0º Brix

  4. Nouveau Red Wine, Fortified Wine, Liqueur Wine

All

18.0° Brix

18.0° Brix

  5. Vin De Curé (grapes must reach 32º brix at time of pressing.)

All

20.0º Brix

20.0º Brix

  6. Late Harvest

All

22.0º Brix

22.0º Brix

  7. Select Late Harvest

All

26.0º Brix

26.0º Brix

  8. Botrytis Affected (B.A.)

All

26.0º Brix

26.0º Brix

  9. Special Select Late Harvest

All

30.0º Brix

30.0º Brix

10. Totally Botrytis Affected (T.B.A.)

All

34.0º Brix

34.0º Brix

11. Icewine

All

32.0º Brix

35.0º Brix

Made by:

Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario:

Paul speck

Vice-Chair

Newman Smith

Treasurer

Date made: December 3, 2003.

 

 

I certify that I have approved this Regulation.

 

 

 

jim watson

Minister of Consumer and Business Services

Date approved: March 2, 2004.