In 2014/15 (fiscal year ending March 31, 2015) Ontario wine grew by 4.9% in terms of volume and 5.5% in dollar value.
International Canadian Blends (ICB) wines represent 75% of Ontario wine sales and VQA wine represents 25% of the Ontario market.
This 4.9% increase in sales volume represented an increase of some 3,000 tonnes of Ontario grapes. Last year the wine grape crop in total was some 52,000 tonnes.
In absolute terms, the 4.9% increase of sales volume represented an increase of 2.99 million litres sold of Ontario wine last year.
The market share of Ontario wine through all channels in the province is 42% compared to 58% for imported wine. Through the LCBO and Vintages the portion of Ontario wine sales is 30% compared to 70% for imports.
In terms of major distribution channels, the LCBO (including Vintages) accounted for 58% of all VQA and ICB volume of sales in the province. On-site and off-site Winery Retail Stores (WRS) represented another 36% of VQA and ICB sales. Last year Ontario wine sales were up 6.7% in the LCBO (including Vintages) and increased 4.7% through the WRS.