Grape King will stay on for extra year due to pandemic

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The Grape Growers of Ontario has announced John Fedorkow will continue to serve as Grape King for another year.

Officials say Fedorkow has had very limited opportunity to fully experience the role he was selected for due to the pandemic.

The selection of a Grape King is part of Ontario’s grape growing history and up until this year has been an annual tradition that dates back to 1956.  

The title of Grape King carries the distinction of being chosen based on vineyard management and knowledge of the industry, and serves as a representative for Ontario’s grape and wine industry at events across the country.
  
Fedorkow is currently growing 75 acres of vinifera grapes for Peller Estates and Creekside Estate Winery including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Semillon.
  
“I appreciate the opportunity offered by the Board of Directors to extend my term as Grape King for an additional year due to the pause in activities caused by the pandemic. I am looking forward to an exciting year and can’t wait to represent my peers in the grape growing industry at events in 2021,” says John Fedorkow, pictured below with wife Debbie, son Michael and daughter Camille.