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DIONYSUS WINES & SPIRITS LTD was established in 1990 by current President, Alex Patinios. Originally started to fill a niche in the Canadian market by importing premium Greek wines, we are now one of the largest privately owned agencies in Ontario.
In 1994 our experience in the Greek category was extended to other regions and products in the world. We are now a well diversified agency, representing top producers from around the world. We have a well balanced portfolio of leading producers in their category.
Our portfolio is carefully built, and avoids conflicts or overlaps in order to be able to focus on the products of one producer. It is very important for us to represent only one quality supplier in any category to ensure that we provide the best service possible on behalf of that supplier.
We are a dynamic company that believes in promoting brands with a view towards the long term. We have developed excellent relationships with all the key decision-makers at the LCBO. We also have a strong involvement in the industry as a member of DRINKS Ontario, the provincial trade association representing the interests of manufacturers, agents, importers, marketing groups, trade offices and distributors of beverage alcohol products in Ontario.
We are always looking for new marketing initiatives and ideas to increase both the sales and brand position for our suppliers. We consider all of our suppliers to be our partners and value their input and support. Our focus is on creating a positive presence in the Ontario market and establishing a solid foundation for long-term sales and growth.
All of our products are imported through the LCBO’s VINTAGES, General List or Specialty Services departments. We operate only in the province of Ontario. For information on other markets, please consult the supplier’s web site.
Launched in 2005 by 2 self-professed “Burgundy Geeks”, Artisanal Wine Imports started as a small agency dedicated to importing high-end wines from Burgundy.
We are a well-funded, growing mid-size wine & spirits agency with a wide portfolio servicing the key markets in the province of Ontario, Canada. Unlike the larger agencies we like to connect with and develop a relationship with all of our producers.
At Artisanal Wine Imports, we pride ourselves in finding hidden gems that are not typically available in Ontario. We travel extensively, visiting and speaking with winemakers on a regular basis as we are constantly looking for that rare mix of quality and value. From Old to New World World , Champagne to California, we challenge ourselves to find winemakers that bring great value to our client’s table.
New Zealand Winegrowers is the national organisation for the country’s grape and wine sector, with around 850 grower members and 700 winery members. Established in March 2002, we are the only unified national winegrowers industry body in the world. Our mission is to create value for our members while conducting a wide range of tasks to support our members including but not limited to:
- advocacy at regional, national and international levels
- providing a global marketing platform for New Zealand wine
- facilitating world-class research on industry priorities
- giving the industry timely and strategic information
- leading the development of sustainable production practices
- organising sector-wide events
The Case For Wine has been importing thoughtful and exciting wines for more than 20 years, founded in 1998 by Lloyd Evans and Terry Milne. The grower portfolio curated over the years is a list of top artisans from their specific regions, of real strength are the wines of Piedmont, Tuscany, Burgundy and the Loire Valley. In 2017 The Case For Wine was purchased by industry veteran Ruben Elmer and Partner Roberto Albis, the plan is to continue working with only the best growers in their field.
The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) is a pan-Canadian association, which brings together individuals within the sommelier profession, restaurant services, and other sectors of the wine industry. CAPS is affiliated with the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) headquartered in Paris and counting 54 member and observer countries.
Derek Kranenborg founded All The Right Grapes Inc. in 2016 after a brief stint at the LCBO and several years with one of Ontario’s top wineries Cave Spring Cellars and top import agency The Vine.
Joined in 2017 by partner Alex Klip, a serious collector and aficionado of Spanish and Rhone wines, All The Right Grapes is now poised for growth and aims to bring first class wines and spirits to the consumers of Ontario.
All The Right Grapes stands out in a very competitive environment because we take a consumer-focused approach to selecting our wines and spirits. We select our products for our private and restaurant customers by searching for wines with the best possible quality/price proposition and we ensure that our wines and spirits are truly representative of their origins. That is our commitment.
We find value products that over-deliver; we also have in our portfolio benchmark producers that are world-class. Some are classic in style, others are cutting-edge. We seek producers that care for their land and employ sustainable practices. We believe better wine is made that way.
Our commitment to our producers is that we will represent them with passion and integrity, seeking to be the best possible ambassadors of their vision and effort.
Mellecy Wine Group import the most exclusive and rare wines from France. As a full service wine agency, we help our clients with wine cellar design and management as well as offer a variety of sommelier services for your private or corporate events including guided tours to Europe’s wine regions.
Hockley Valley Resort is nestled in the Hills of Headwaters, just 45 minutes north of Toronto, with scenic landscapes and beautiful backdrops. As well as, modern, upscale guest rooms allow wedding guests to stay without the worry of driving home afterwards. An 18-hole golf course, 15 ski and snowboard runs during the winter season and a luxurious 8,000 square foot spa (also offering hair and makeup for you and your bridal party) are just a few of the amenities we offer. No matter the size of your event, we can accommodate anywhere from 20 to 350 guests for your special day. And don’t forget about our food! Our farm to table dining experience in one of our restaurants is sure to impress your guests, with many of the ingredients harvested right from our own farm.
Adamo Estate Winery is a small-batch boutique winery with 23,000 vines, focusing on organic and biodynamic practices. Starting with the best fruit from our estate, and from some of the top growers in Ontario, our fruit speaks for itself and our terroir-driven wines. We offer a beautiful retail space and tasting bar, as well as our event and meeting spaces overlooking the vines, our tanks or the cellar. Take in the scenic beauty of our region, tour the winery and taste the fruits of our labour! Tours scheduled daily at 11 am and 2 pm.
Precision forged from the highest quality steel, WÜSTHOF knives are known amongst home chefs and seasoned professionals alike for their balance, comfort and exceptional performance. WÜSTHOF, a 7th generation family-owned business, continues to set the standard of measure for over 200 years, developing and manufacturing its products exclusively in Solingen, Germany – the cutlery capital of the world.
Allen’s On The Danforth The glow of comfortable tradition warms Allen’s. Opened in 1987, the restaurant has achieved near-institutional status, as its bar, featuring 340 whiskies, over 100 VQA wines and 140 beers, and dining room are considered the very best of type. Customers travel from all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe to sample the unique offerings, but a solid core of local regulars maintains a consistent atmosphere of good cheer, conversation and welcome. The menu focuses on Ontario-farmed-and-grown produce, with an unrivalled presentation of naturally-raised or organic meats from area farmers. Breed, feed and age of every animal served is included on the menu. The wine cellar, with VQA selections from all regions of Ontario and British Columbia, serves as testament to Allen’s commitment to Local Fare.In fine weather, there is no better spot in which to dine al fresco than Allen’s backyard, where a dedicated chef cooks to order over charcoal a daily-changing menu of local specialties.
At Ascari Enoteca we love food. We love wine. We love racing. So we named Ascari Enoteca after one of our heroes, 1950’s Italian Racing Legend Alberto Ascari. His appetite for food and wine was as great as his talent for winning Formula 1, earning him the nickname “Chiccio” – Italian for chubby. Ascari Enoteca is a neighbourhood locale where people come to linger over a simple, delicious meal washed down by a superb bottle of wine (or two). Here you’ll find homemade pastas made fresh in house every single day, plus a wine list featuring well-known varietals from across Italy and more than a few undiscovered gems. If you don’t leave our restaurant feeling “ciccio”, somewhere Alberto
As part of Evergreen Brick Works, Café Belong is located within a unique support system that promotes urban sustainability and green design. The complex was once a deteriorating group of buildings, but now holds the title as one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world by National Geographic. The café keeps ingredients local and organic, and works to create a connection between the land where food grows, the farmers who harvest it and the people who enjoy it.
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen Mildred’s Temple Kitchen opened with a heart-felt philosophy. We’re here because we love food, people and the simple pleasures of life: our temple is the place where we practice our devotion. Here you’ll find seasonal fare, prepared with reverence for its source, and served with pleasure. Dedicated to providing Toronto with a gathering place that offers warmth, great service, and unique culinary memories. It’s a place for the times. We’re glad you discovered us.
At Oyster Boy we eat, live and breathe oysters. We love their hard shells, their smooth taste and that the un-class-conscious way they make themselves at home in a rowdy pub or a black tie affair. But more than anything, we love to share these magnificent mollusks and all their juicy secrets with the masses! So make yourself at home and have a look around. Once we’ve sufficiently whetted your appetite, either come on down to Oyster Boy for a taste or pick up a box to enjoy at home. Either way, Oyster Boy is Toronto’s choice for choice oysters.
Retailers and Wholesalers:
GoodEgg is a shop dedicated to those who like to eat.
Hooked Inc.: welcome to a whole new world of thoughtfully selected seafood that is ethical, sustainable and fresh! We are chefs first – professional cooks We have years of experience with food as cooks, chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, wine educators, and culinary teachers – and we love seafood!
Olliffe: Purveyor of the Finest Meats Working with partners at the farm gate level, Olliffe provides the best meats, lamb, poultry and game from across Ontario and around the world. Our commitment to working with the finest supplying partners ensures unequalled quality for your home, cottage or event. The Team: the gang at Olliffe are known as foodsters. With nearly 35 years of business. Olliffe attributes much of the success to the happy faces serving you behind the counters. From the keenly knowledgeable counter staff, the acclaimed winning chefs to the approachable butchers who love to chat with customers, the Olliffe gang has a mission to make your next dining experience the finest.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. is a small, independent, family-run and organic brewery located in rural Ontario. Awards include Family-run business of the year, Gold Canadian Brewing Awards, Gold – Mondial de la Biere (France) and Best Beer and Best Brewery in Ontario Golden Tap awards.
Charles Baker Wines Since 2005 Charles Baker, a senior marketing executive at ultra-boutique Stratus Vineyards, has been making a terroir based Riesling with the help of Winemaker J.L. Groux and some wonderful fruit courtesy of Mark Picone of Mark Picone Culinary Studio fame. Charles has a long and illustrious career in the wine/hospitality business and is one of the most respected voices for Ontario wines.
Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry. Since 1999, it has been committed to creating distinctive wines that rival the world’s finest. Set in Hillier, Ontario, the estate is over 30 acres of south facing, limestone-rich soil under vine; planted high density to the classic Burgundian-varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Constellation Brands Canada (formerly Vincor Canada) is Canada’s largest producer and marketer of wines. The company’s land holdings in Canada’s largest wine growing regions, the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, are dedicated essentially to the production of European Vitis Vinifera. The Constellation Brands portfolio includes many well known Canadian brands such as Inniskillin Wines, Jackson-Triggs Estate Wines and Le Clos Jordanne.
Hidden Bench is an artisanal winery dedicated to producing ultra premium wines solely from vineyards situated within the Beamsville Bench VQA sub- appellation.Hidden Bench applies sustainable practices in the vineyard and the winery to reduce the impact of their footprint on the environment, their neighbours, and society as a whole. Hidden Bench uses environmentally sound practices and products wherever possible in the making and marketing of their wines and all the while protecting the resources and infrastructure of Hidden Bench.
Malivoire Wine Innovation has been key to Martin Malivoire’s success since he purchased prime vineyard acreage on the Beamsville Bench in 1995, and opened his fascinating gravity-flow winery in an elaborately recycled Quonset hut in 1998. First focusing on varieties from northern France – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer – he then began the slow process of converting his 26-hectare vineyard to organic production. He also created a “serious” dry rosé called Ladybug, and a Musqué Spritz. Today, winemaker Shiraz Mottiar presides over a range of vibrant and polished wines, from inexpensive “Guilty Men” white and red blends to fine Gamay to classy, single-vineyard Pinots and Chardonnays. Not to mention Old Vines Foch, Albert’s Honour, almost the last bottling of a red hybrid that once ruled Niagara.
Norman Hardie is both a person and a winery. His elegant Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are a favourite of Ontario collectors, sommeliers and critics. (His Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne get snapped up pretty quickly too.) Hardie began his professional life in the hospitality business, and although he is now a farmer, a winemaker and a traveling salesman, he’s still welcoming and serving the public at his winery in the western end of Prince Edward County, where he likes nothing better to tell the story of his journey towards better and better wine.
Southbrook Vineyards manages 65 acres of Organic and Biodynamically certified vineyards in Niagara on the Lake, as part of a larger 150 acre farm that includes pasture, sheep, forest and our Jack Diamond designed hospitality centre. As an enterprise, Southbrook Vineyards has always been focussed on doing good in the world through the relationships we develop. From our roots as a farm market, we connected our neighbours directly to the produce grown on our farm, and we continue to develop connections between organic wine grape growers, our own vineyards and environmentally conscious wine drinkers.
Stratus Vineyards The Stratus winery, like our signature assemblage wines, is a composition – a whole greater than the sum of its parts. On their own, the individual elements are distinctly unique – a diversely planted vineyard with unusually rich soil; a sustainable facility that unites tradition and science to serve the winemaker’s art; and a retail gallery with adjoining tasting rooms that are both chic and welcoming. Working together, they create wines and experiences that are truly memorable.
A Niagara-on-the-Lake original, Trius Winery has been producing the finest in terroir wines since 1979, and what greater acknowledgement of consistent quality than to be named one of the Top Wineries at the Canadian Wine Awards in 2009. Trius Winery has a true sense of its place in the Niagara-on-the-Lake terroir. This is home, and home is reflected in every bottle, every glass.
Wolf Blass Wines Established in 1966 by Wolfgang Blass, a German immigrant who arrived in Australia in 1961 with little money and a diploma in wine making, Wolf Blass is an Australian winery based in South Australia’s Barossa Valley owned by Treasury Wine Estates.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Wynns Coonawarra Estate is an Australian winery based in Coonawarra, South Australia. The estate was founded in 1891 by John Riddoch. He recognised the potential of the now famous red soil and planted vines. In 1951 the vineyard was bought by David and Samuel Wynn; it is now the region’s largest vineyard owned by Treasury Wine Estates.
Cavinona Cavinona is an Ontario-based wine agency that imports reasonably-priced Italian wines. Carrying a signature selection of wines, Cavinona has handpicked nearly fifty wine producers throughout the Italian peninsula, which are unavailable anywhere else in Ontario. Our wines are distributed exclusively to the Terroni family of restaurants and private consumers.
Hobbs & Co. Hobbs & Co. is a family-owned and -operated agency, delivering fine wines to the Ontario marketplace since 1993. We have been fortunate to be able to grow our business gradually, with an emphasis on quality, service and direct, on-going contact with our producers. We are now one of the province’s Tier One Consignment agents, offering a global portfolio of exceptional and great value wines to both licensees and private clients. Our team of eight knowledgeable, dedicated and highly qualified sales representatives covers the densely populated regions of Southern and Central Ontario. A number of our wines are also available through the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s Vintages stores and Classics Collections.
Le Sommelier Le Sommelier Inc., Exclusive Wine Agents is a wine agency dedicated to bringing fine wine to the Ontario market. Our portfolio consists of premium wines from small, and mostly family-owned boutique producers from all over the wine producing world including Italy, Australia, France, California, Spain, Washington, Germany and Austria. We offer most our wines through the LCBO’s Specialty Services department, and sell these wines directly to some of the finest restaurants across Ontario, as well as a large retail consumer base. We also work closely with LCBO VINTAGES department, and have many wines currently available on LCBO’s shelves!
In 1995 Steven Campbell purchased Lifford Wine & Spirits. As a seasoned restaurateur of twenty years, Steve was passionate about wine and jumped at the opportunity to acquire a small but excellent portfolio of Californian, Australian and Italian wines. Steve’s next task was to expand the portfolio to include wines from many more countries and at various price points. Now, thirteen years later, Lifford represents more than sixty meticulously chosen producers from all over the world, a truly international collection of some of the most prestigious and successful wineries. Guided by Steven’s passion and expertise, the dynamic Lifford team has forged a unique identity in the wine trade and has become one of Ontario’s most favoured suppliers of wine to the hospitality industry.
The Living Vine imports distributes only Organic and Biodynamic wines across Canada through our various monopoly liquor control boards and private stores. Most of our products are certified by a recognized international body or are renowned and respected for the natural wine making philosophy. Their commitment is to deliver world class offerings from iconic producers/growers whom happen to use Organic,Biodynamic or extremely sustainable philosophies to grow grapes and make wine.
Nicholas Pearce Wines provides vinous solutions for Ontario’s top restaurants, hotels, private collectors and wine enthusiasts. Sourced from the most exciting viticultural regions in the world, our wine selections are currently available for purchase through various LCBO Vintages stores and private / direct wholesale. All of our wines originate from passionate producers who make wines that reflect their history and terroir.
Noble Estates Wine & Spirits Noble Estates has a 25 year history of supplying fine wine and spirits to the LCBO and Restaurants in Ontario. We are lucky to represent leading producers from around the world like Champagne Laurent Perrier, Rocca delle Macie, Fontanafredda, Bottega, Tedeschi, Cavit, Umani Ronchi and Planeta.
Profile Wine Group A coalition of three wine merchants: Barrique Wine Imports, VinVino Wine Merchants, and Du Chasse Wines and Spirits. Profile Wine Group is one of Canada’s premier wine and spirit agencies. Based on a unique and diverse portfolio, an uncompromising commitment to quality, and a standard of service second to none.
That’s Life! Sake + Wine Established in 1997, That’s Life! is committed to importing and representing Premium Sake and Fine Wines. Our relationships with boutique, small volume producers are based on quality products and their solid commitment to ethical and sustainable farming practices. We have a strong, passionate dedication to sharing knowledge through educational events. We strive to maintain brand integrity and are proud to work with loyal customers, valued trade partners and exceptional producers who share in our love of great wine, great sake, food, family and fun. To us, ‘That’s Life!’
The Vine In the spring of 2000, Rob Groh & Anne Jasper began building a portfolio of premium, family-owned wineries. Our shared passion for the wines of Italy and California defined the search for some of the most distinctive, authentic wines of those regions. We are proud to note that years later, we have maintained most of those relationships, while developing one of the most comprehensive portfolios of premium wines in Ontario. Along the way we joined forces with Cave Spring Cellars, one of Ontario’s finest wineries.
Woodman Agencies Our company specializes in the importation, distribution, sales, and marketing of fine wines and spirits in Ontario through the LCBO. Woodman Wines and Spirits Inc. was founded in 1990. Russell Woodman, the principal and senior consultant has, for over 30 years, successfully built and grown the wine business for brand owners the world over.
Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants, food-services, retail outlets and suppliers to ensure they have the most current, scientific information regarding seafood and to help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. One of GFR’s very first video podcasts was featured around Ocean Wise.
The Ontario Hostelry Institute was established in 1997 by the leaders of the hospitality-tourism industry in Canada, the Institute has sought to raise the standards of professional post-secondary hospitality programs in our colleges and universities while serving as the advocate for the industry in matters relating to professional culinary, hospitality and tourism education, training and apprenticeship.
The Stop is located in Toronto’s west end, The Stop works to increase access to food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality. From its origins as one of Canada’s first food banks, The Stop has blossomed into a thriving community hub where neighbours participate in a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, as well as foster social connections, build food skills and promote engagement in civic issues. Among the busy initiatives are community kitchens and gardens, cooking classes, drop-in meals, peri-natal support, a food bank, outdoor bake ovens, food markets and community advocacy. In 2009, The Stop opened The Green Barn, a sustainable food production and education centre with a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse, commercial kitchen, classroom, sheltered garden and composting facility. School visits and an after-school program offer hands-on opportunities for children to learn about the food system. Underlying all of The Stop’s efforts is the view that food should be a basic human right.
Terroir a hospitality symposium that brings together the innovative and creative influencers of Canada’s hospitality industry including chefs, food writers, wine and food experts and business leaders. Our symposium attracts people who are serious about the business of hospitality and who are looking to constantly develop and refine their careers. Terroir is a non-for-profit committee of industry professional that put on an annual symposium that is about education, networking, sharing collective resources and building a community that helps to strengthen our industry.