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Winery Audit Process Overview Presented by LCBO Store & Winery Audit Department VQA Workshops Prince Edward County – Friday January 17, 2014 Lake Erie.

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1 Winery Audit Process Overview Presented by LCBO Store & Winery Audit Department VQA Workshops Prince Edward County – Friday January 17, 2014 Lake Erie North Shore – Thursday January 23, 2014 Niagara Peninsula – Friday January 31, 2014

2 Agenda Preparing for the audit The audit process –Pre visit –Visit Typical deficiencies and follow up Question and answer period

3 Preparing for the Audit Current tank records with volume, variety and vintage Current inventory of cased goods and off-site warehouse inventory J10s since last audit and ledgers to support sales data VQAO Sales Reports, Direct Delivery VQA and non-VQA, Duty Free Volume of sales and promotional use for the part month up to the day of the audit Blending and bottling records and disposals Grape Growers of Ontario reports, weigh bills

4 Preparing for the Audit Key People: Winemaker/Owner/Manager in regard to bottling, blending and volumes of bulk wine through harvest or purchase Bookkeeper in regard to sales information and also in deciphering of said information Retail Staff in regard to stock locations, recording of promotional inventory and general winery information

5 The Audit Process – Pre-visit Review inventory from last audit Review stage of production from last audit Review transfers, disposals and other correspondence Retrieve sales data reported to LCBO Retrieve data for VQA applications since the last audit

6 The Audit Process - Visit Count Inventory Verify increases to previous inventory Verify decreases to previous inventory Compare inventory change to establish loss Ensure loss is within allowance (LCA Reg 717 sec 13) Complete audit testing for VQAO, AGCO, LCBO

7 Summary of Allowances 5% for first 6 months (October 1 to March 31) 1 ½% for next 6 months (April 1 to September 30) 3% thereafter Prorated based on timing of audit visit

8 LCBO Audit Criteria Direct Delivery invoicing and fees Container Deposit remittances Collection of Special Occasion levies and remittances Offsite warehouse authorization Pricing verification

9 AGCO Audit Criteria Compliance with Wine Content and Labeling Act Import records and blending requirements Production recovery General record keeping requirements under WCLA and Liquor Licence Act Compliance with Winery Retail Store Authorization Made Policy Rules for wineries located outside DVA On-site retail store Non-Grape winery rules

10 Audit Process - Visit Supporting Documents J10s VQAO Applications VQAO transfer forms Sales documentation GGO harvest information Weigh Bills Brix Reading SetGo forms Winemakers notes, tank records, daybook, etc.

11 VQA Audit Program 1.Requirements for the identification of geographical indication prescribed in Table 2 of the Rules 2.Viticultural and Oenological requirements outlined in Table 2 of the Rules 3.Minimum brix level requirements as set out in Appendix A of the Rules 4.Requirements for vintage dating set out in Section 3 of the Rules

12 Grape Growers of Ontario P.O BOX 100, VINELAND STATION, ON L0R 2E0 Phone Fax Growers by Processor Report Year: 2013 Report Generated On: 03-Jan-2014 Processor Name Grower Name Weigh BillVariety Harvest Date Net Weight BRIX ABC WINERY NIAGARA PENINSULA CHARDONNAY (025) 11-Oct ABC WINERY NIAGARA PENINSULA CABERNET FRANC (014) 06-Nov ABC WINERY LENS PINOT GRIS (086) 30-Sep ABC WINERY LENS CHARDONNAY (025) 21-Oct ABC WINERY SHORT HILLS CHARDONNAY (025) 15-Oct ABC WINERY PINOT GRIS (086) 25-Sep

13 VQA Audit Program 5.Miscellaneous requirements set out in Section 6 of the Rules including: Addition of water Fortifying wine Chaptalization Sweetness descriptions, sugar levels, acid levels 6.Production Recoveries 7.Information from Wine Transfer Form 8.Use of terms, descriptions and designations within the winerys on-site retail store

14 VQA Audit Program 9.Reported litres sold of each VQA product listed on the Vintners Quality Alliance Product Sales Report and corresponding VQA literage fees 10.Other observations related to VQA Act

15 Common Deficiencies 1.Inaccurate reporting of sales volume/ literage fees 2.Inaccurate information or lack of VQA transfer form 3.Inaccurate label content compared to approved application 4.Non-VQA products using VQA descriptors 5.Bottling deficiencies –No records or incomplete records available –More than approved volume on application –More than one year after approval granted

16 Common Deficiencies 6.Unable to verify blending requirements for VQA approvals –Wine makers records are not available/provided –Blending records do not match applications/approvals –Blending records are kept or unclear 7.Inaccurate sales reporting or missing documentation

17 LCBO Contacts Niagara Sheila Gayman Peter Harris LENS Jeff Dunlop PEC Trish Moulds Lorne Martin GTA and Other Michael Roberts Mark Silva Audit Project Managers Dianne Scharf Michael Lyck Department Manager Chad McGregor


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