VIDEO: Boycott Pelee Island Winery is Trending on Twitter
Pelee Island Winery in Kingsville is under fire on social media.
#BoycottPeleeWinery is trending on Twitter after the winery's president, Walter Schmoranz made a donation to the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
According to the political contributions page on the Elections Ontario website, Schmoranz donated $2050.
The first donation of $1050 was made in February while the second donation of $1000 happened on July 12th.
On Sunday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted out a video of him standing along side Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls, encouraging the public to buy Pelee Island wine.
"Go out and buy a bottle of Pelee Island wine,” Ford said in the video. "It’s great. It’s coming to a convenience store near you."
The posting by Ford was soon met with backlash on social media with a number of postings critical of the decision by the winery to support the premier.
#BoycottPeleeWinery is trending after it was revealed its president Walter Schmoranz donated $1000 to the Ontario PCs just weeks before Premier Ford made an Ontario News Now video telling Ontarians to "go out and buy a bottle of Peelee Island wine." pic.twitter.com/ZTPaPJxNvn— Allison Smith (@QueensParkToday) July 29, 2019
Such a shame that @Peleewinery would choose to associate their brand with a premier that doesn’t support public education. Larger class sizes, fewer courses, cuts to special education supports. Shame on Peter Winery! This is not a family friendly company #BoycottPeleeWinery— porterko (@porterf20) July 29, 2019
Pelee Island Winery then sent out a tweet on Monday saying the winery met with the premier to discuss the future Ontario's wine and grape industry in Ontario.
The posting also said the winery shared issues facing all Ontario wineries and grape growers including a taxation policy that supports the industry, by not taxing Ontario like imports.
Pelee Island Winery is a 550-acre vineyard located on Seacliffe Dr. in Kingsville.