Local business owners Layne Robert Craig and Brenda Hetman-Craig are inviting British Columbians to sit back, relax and set sail at 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery.
The provincial government’s Buy Local program is providing the winery $22,250 of funding to increase sales and promote community awareness. 40 Knots is a popular tourist destination, offering visitors a taste of wines distinctly shaped by a windswept, sun-soaked microclimate and spectacular views of the Comox Valley.
The Buy Local funding will be used to launch a campaign to promote buying locally within Comox and include traditional print advertising and online improvements to the winery’s website. Additionally, the winery will have a presence at tradeshows and events to increase cross-promotion with agri-tourism in the region.
The Buy Local program has received $6 million in B.C. government funding since 2012 to increase sales of locally grown and processed agrifood and seafood products within the province.
The B.C. government's Agrifood and Seafood Strategic Growth Plan supports the building of domestic markets and maintaining a secure food supply. This plan is a component of the BC Jobs Plan and the roadmap to leading the agrifoods sector to become a $15-billion-a-year industry by 2020.
The provincial government's Buy Local program is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia. Applications are available at: http://iafbc.ca/funding-opportunities/buy-local/
Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick –
“The 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery is a great example of a successful locally owned business that not only offers wines that highlight the flavours of the Comox Valley but is also promoting the region and bringing dollars in to the local economy. The Buy Local Program is a huge supporter of those companies that connect British Columbians with local products.”
Brenda Hetman-Craig, owner, 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery –
“Buy Local took us from zero to inventory sellout within one year. We have gained loyal customers who appreciate our traditional and locally crafted wines 100% from our vineyard. Buy Local allowed us to employ local community members and participate in charitable fundraising, achieving our business objectives."
To learn more about the team at 40 Knots, the wines and the venue, visit: http://www.40knotswinery.com/
B.C. Buy Local program: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/bc-buy-local-program
Jill MilneGovernment Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
Brenda Hetman-Craig40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery