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The Story of Wine in Canada

Accession number: 
Production Years: 
1954 to 1959


Film Properties: 
Length (feet): 
510 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 16mm, VHS.
"This film is a documentary about wine production in the Niagara Peninsula. The film juxtaposes footage of Niagara Falls with off-screen narration about the tourist industry that attracts eight million people yearly. The film depicts the wine-making process, from the ground being tilled, the grape crop maturing, the harvest that brings hundreds of people to the vinyards to pick the grapes, the shipment of the grapes to factories where they are checked, crushed, pressed by large machines and then left to ferment. Next is shown the streets of St. Catharines, Ontario where a parade takes place to celebrate the yearly harvest. Vintage cars roll by and a Grape Queen is crowned. The wine is left in cellars to age for a number of years, after which it is bottled tightly and prepared to be sent out all over Canada."


Crawley Films, Free Films: Sources of Free 16mm Sponsored Films in Canada Compiled and Published by Crawley Films (Ottawa: Crawley Films, April 1969): 13.
"The growing of grapes and production of wine in Ontario's Niagara Peninsula."