Director, Member of the Management Committee Grapes
Matthias Oppenlaender was born in Germany where he studied agriculture and viticulture before immigrating to Canada in 1984. Matthias, his wife Monica and their five children live in Niagara-on-the-Lake and own and operate Country Tyme Vineyards and Hubel Grape Estates.
In 2006 Matthias was elected Grape King by his fellow grape growers, and represented the industry at events, with government officials and through media. The following year Matthias was elected to the Grape Growers of Ontario’s (GGO) Growers’ Committee and to the Board of Directors. In 2009 Matthias was elected Vice Chair of the Board and he held this position until he was elected Chair in 2016.
In addition to the GGO Board of Directors, Matthias is the Chair of Ontario Grape and Wine Research Inc. (OGWRI), a for- profit joint Board of growers and processors established in 2007 to determine, guide and fund the research priorities of Ontario’s grape and wine industry. He is also the Treasurer of the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network. CGCN a national not-for-profit corporation established by provincial industry associations from Ontario, BC, Nova Scotia and Quebec to advance the Canadian grape and wine industry with a sustainable supply of certified propagative grapevine material.
Matthias and his family farm 800 acres of certified sustainable vineyards. His family is a leader in innovative farming techniques and their mission is to provide top-quality grapes from top-quality vineyards. Crafting great award-winning 100% Ontario wine always starts in the vineyard.