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Donald Ziraldo, an adviser to Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), is one of four individuals announced as the latest inductees into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Ziraldo is a pioneer of the Canadian wine industry, putting domestically produced wines on the map in Canada and around the world. He is being recognized as the co-founder of Inniskillin winery, the driving force behind the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) program and for his instrumental role in establishing CCOVI. He is a member of CCOVI’s executive and advisory committee and also co-chaired the capital campaign that founded the wine institute.
“It’s a great honour,” said Ziraldo, “and an acknowledgement to an agriculture sector - viticulture - that takes a product from the soil, through the processing stage, packaging and creates a value-added finished product: wine.
“I believe this value-added concept will be important to the future success of agriculture and it respects the provenance of the food farmers grow, which is very important to the consumer,” Ziraldo added.