The LCBO is committed to continuing to support small Ontario businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look for new ways to showcase Ontario VQA Wines to our customers, we are pleased to introduce a new tender for a pilot program specifically focused on small VQA producers. Through this program we are looking to purchase a selection of new wines (not currently available at LCBO) from small VQA producers for a seasonal duration. We will rotate the assortment twice this year giving more opportunities to small suppliers.

The program will consist of 2 turns/year with up to 9 SKUs/turn.

  1. Turn 1 - Spring/Summer - P1 to P6 (includes Easter)
  2. Turn 2 - Fall/Winter - P7 to P12 (includes Holiday)


Small wineries with annual VQA sales of 100,000 litres or less are eligible to apply for consideration. In this upcoming tender, we are seeking products for Turn 1 only.

Tender Details:

Product Category: VQA Ontario (Small Winery Pilot program)

Product specifications: Small VQA producers (annual VQA sales of 100,000 litres or less) are eligible to apply. Reds, Whites, Rose and Sparkling wines will be considered. Price range includes $12 to $20. Minimum case requirement – 50 cases. Products cannot be available in other LCBO channels such as LCBO Wines, Vintages or Direct Delivery.

Launch Timing: P1, 2021

NISS ID: 3149. Pre submissions are due in NISS Dec 11th, 2020

Submissions for tasting are due January 8th, 2021

If you have questions regarding this opportunity please reach out to the appropriate Category or Product Manager.