Savour Elgin member and on-farm innovator, Rush Creek Wines Ltd. has won a Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. This award recognizes Ontario's local farmers who are developing innovative ideas, driving local economies and strengthening the agri-food industry. Ontario's agri-food sector is one of the province's leading industries, contributing more than $33 billion annually to the economy and between 2007 and 2011 the program has had over 900 applicants. In 2010 over 200 applications were recieved and 55 winners were selected.
Rush Creek Wines was honoured for its best selling wine Decadence - a delightful combination of chocolate and strawberries. Decadence has inspired a wine jelly, body cream, body sugar scrub, and body spritzer creating jobs, increasing tourism dollars and giving business to local honey, fruit and chocolate producers.
Below: Rush Creek Wines owners Wendy and Kim Flintoff, with Elgin County Warden Dave Mennill accept their award.