Time is Everything
One day with my wife's encouragement I decide to start a website the subject being the wines and wineries of Canada.. A rather easy task (the pamphlet at the local government liquor store listed 25 wineries) not too difficult. First step, learn to build a website, second step purchase a domain name and website hosting.
It was a learn as I go process that did not take too much of my time, about three days consisting of twenty to twenty five hours, after all there were only 25 wines, according to the pamphlet. With wineries in British Columbia and Ontario there would be three pages, the Home Page, British Columbia page and an Ontario page.
It would be just a matter of time before I would be done and the site up and running.. but then I decided I would have time for some research into Canada's wineries. Information on the Internet was very limited, the year was 1992.
I came across a Book called "Vintage Canada" by Tony Aspler in 1993 oh my gosh! there were wineries in Quebec and Nova Scotia also there were wineries in different regions of Ontario. There was so much more to the wines of Canada! I was now in a race against time to catch up and make my website current.
Robert Orben said "Time flies. It's up to you to be the navigator". and so the years passed and the website grew.
New pages were added regularly. I had the time to deal with it all; The nineties came and went, a new millennium had begun Canada's wine industry grew, her wines became more popular. Her icewines became world renowned and time became my enemy.
The number of wineries grew and soon I was boasting about the five hundred wineries in Canada. The website had over a million visitors in 2009 the website had grown to over 150 pages. In 2010 the list of new winery licenses was amazing; In 2013 we ell have over 700 wineries in Canada.
Rapid changes were taking place. Wineries were adding new brands, changing their names, wineries were opening regions
were no one thought grapes could grow before, virtual wineries opened. Wine companies were forming, buying out smaller wineries. Restaurants and guest rooms were being added it was all happening so fast!
I thought about this yesterday as I realized I had spent over six hours communicating with just one winery; one owner. I do not regret this time. The website is my passion. I just don't know how I am going to find the time
to remain Canada's number one wine website supporting not only the wines of Canada but our country.
Time is money... www.winesofcanada is taking my time but not providing the money.
It's an old cliche that we all know and understand, but to what extent do you really apply it in your life.
Time is our most precious resource, because it is the only one that is truly scarce.
As Canada's wine industry grows and grows .. I need time, time from the wineries of Canada. I need them to take the time and provide information about their their winery,give me information and I will tell the world.
We thank the many who do..
I have had marketing and hospitality managers from the big wineries telling me they don't have time to answer my questions. My response is get off facebook, get off twitter and take time to answer the questionnaire I sent. I'm promoting your winery for free and it would give me time to make sure your information is current. There is always someone with the time to point out to me that certain things they deem important are missing.
We first discouver the wonderful world of wines on our honeymoon when by chance we ended up in Napa Valley
Time now for me to make lunch.
You have to spend some time sleeping, eating, playing, relaxing and growing within yourself, time with your friends and family.
Fast forward to Dec 1916. Today I have lost count of the number of wineries in Canada. Although I get a list of licensed wineries from Ontario and British Columbia more wineries seem to open than are not on that list. Also some wineries on that list never actually open. In some cases the names change from that on the list to a brand or label. Speaking of Brands and labels the bigger wineries often come out with a series of wines under a new label and one has to figure out if its a new winery or just a brand name.
In 2016 I estimate over 60 new wineries opened and there are more coming in 2017. 2016 also saw the emergence of an increasing interest in Ciders. Numerous cider companies opened across Canada. A number of Wineries added new facilities to capture income from holding weddings. Many added restaurants and even guest house.
We continue to list all Cideries, Meaderies and Wineries in Canada. We make evey effort to ensure we have the best possiable information for these business. There is simlpy not enough time to read every website or every article written about a winery.
Another major problem for us is the constant movement of winemakers. So many are leaving their current winery for new wineries or even to start their own winery.
For those of you who never found the time to return my e-mails, my calls, or greet me when I visited not to worry I found the time to list you as well.
Robert A Bell
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