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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Edie
dc.identifier.citationThis archive contains materials related to work of George Hostetter in the grape and wine industry in the Niagara region for over 40 years. The materials include experiments Hostetter conducted in viticulture and vineyard management. Also included are slides, photographs, negatives, transparencies and contact sheets that document the various processes of viticulture and oenologyen_US
dc.identifier.otherRG 705
dc.descriptionGeorge William Bligh Hostetter was born 3 June 1922 to parents Jacob George Bligh Hostetter and his wife Rose Baker Hostetter. The family lived on the original land granted to the Hostetter family as United Empire Loyalists. In 1934 Jacob Hostetter sold this farm to the T.G. Bright Co. Ltd. And so began an almost 5 decades long connection between the Hostetter family and the T.G. Bright & Co. Limited. After the sale of the property, Jacob Hostetter became a farm manager for Bright's. George Hostetter's longstanding relationship with Bright's Wines began in 1936 when he worked for Brights Wines as student until he became a full-time employee in 1940. Hostetter received his formal training at the University of Toronto at Guelph in 1944. He received a B.Sc. in Agriculture. After his graduation George was well positioned to enter full time employment with Brights under the tutelage of chief scientist and director of research, Adhemar de Chaunac. As a fulltime employee he undertook research in vine culture by examining and testing spraying, pruning, fertilizing, and trellising techniques. The bulk of these groundbreaking results of these trials are included in these records. In 1946 Hostetter was appointed director of viticultural research and in 1959 added manager of vineyard operations to his portfolio. In 1978 he was appointed director of research. The Research program which he has developed for Brights Wines Limited has involved the testing of over 600 wine grape varieties plus several hundred seedling varieties. From this program he has selected 40 varieties for Brights Wines which have formed the base for the development of world class wines in Ontario. During the 1950's he developed new methods of pruning, training and thinning of clusters to ensure high quality grapes and helped to develop more winter hardiness in both the vinifera and vinifera hybrid varieties. As Director of Viticultural Research, developed with his staff, new insect and disease management programs to ensure grape quality and survival of the vines. The information developed through this research has been freely shared with other members of the Ontario wine industry in an effort to upgrade the quality of all Ontario wines. Source: George W.B. Hostetter curriculum vitae Early research and development of grape growing techniques included collaboration with many North American and European wine organizations. Bright's Wines maintained strong professional connections to grape growers in the Upper New York region as well as in Europe. As part of this relationship Hostetter became a frequent contributor to articles about the cultivation and testing of grape varieties that would thrive and produce for the North American wine market. Under Hostetter's guidance Bright's was the first to introduce vinifera grapes to the Canadian market. This introduction was to replace the long-standing Lambrusca grapes that had previously been the dominant source of early wines and grape beverages in Canada. Because of this groundbreaking introduction Bright's became a world-class producer of table wines for the Canadian market. It also encouraged the incredible growth of wine making in the Niagara region and beyond. Hostetter was a contributor to several professional publications like "Canadian fruitgrower and gardener". He also contributed wine related columns to the Niagara Falls Review under the column "Wine Lines", and to the seniors publication 50 and over in Niagara, under the column "Libations". George Hostetter was the first Canadian to receive the American Wine Society Award of Merit in 1979 “for his achievements bringing into commercial production vinifera and hybrid varieties in North Eastern America, and his leadership in establishing the first successful vineyard of pure vinifera varieties in the northeast growing area of this continent”. In 1982 Hostetter was named Chevalier No. 818 I the Confrerie de la Chaine de Rotisseurs by grand chancellor Jean Valby of Burgundy, France. Brights Wines honoured George Hostetter in 1984 for his contributions to the North American wine industry. The wine was the Hostetter Trockenweiss. “When asked to describe the wine, Hostetter told me: It’s not too dry. I think it matches my personality. A colleague added: “Light, refreshing – and memorable, like George” Source: Toronto Star, November 10, 1984 Hostetter retired from Brights in 1986 after a more than 40-year association. He remained active in the wine industry by creating his own consulting company, VinTech Associates and consulted on the creation of a new winery on the Willowbank estate in Queenston, Ont. and other projects. [source: New Winery on Willowbank estate, Tony Aspler, Toronto Star, 1986] At a ceremony on 29 April 1987, George William Bligh Hostetter was awarded the Order of Canada. “In low-key fashion, Mr. Hostetter downplayed his individual achievement, saying an award of this kind is ‘the result of working with other people’ “.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis archive contains materials related to work of George Hostetter who was a leader in the grape and wine industry in the Niagara region for over 40 years. The materials include experiments Hostetter conducted in viticulture and vineyard management. Also included are slides, photographs, negatives, transparencies and contact sheets that document the various processes of viticulture and oenology.en_US
dc.publisherBrock University Archivesen_US
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dc.subjectHostetter, Georgeen_US
dc.subjectBrights Winesen_US
dc.subjectWineries, Ontarioen_US
dc.subjectWine industry -- Ontario -- Niagara Peninsulaen_US
dc.subjectGrape industry - Ontario - Niagara peninsulaen_US
dc.subjectWine and wine making - Ontario - Niagara Peninsulaen_US
dc.titleGeorge Hostetter fondsen_US

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