LCBO lifts temporary suspension

Wellington, December 4, 2018 — Norman Hardie Winery today announced the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has lifted its suspension of Norman Hardie Wines after completing its review.  In addition, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) concluded that no further action in respect to compliance with the Liquor Licensce Act would be taken.

Following news stories in June 2018 reporting allegations of sexual harassment, media reported that the LCBO had temporarily suspended sales of Norman Hardie wines pending a more detailed review of the matters reported in the media.

Prior to the news reports, Mr. Hardie had taken steps to improve the workplace environment at the Winery. In the Spring, Mr. Hardie directed the Winery to hire an independent advisor to conduct a comprehensive review and assessment of the workplace and culture at the Winery.  The advisor did not find any examples of sexual harassment in the workplace. Mr. Hardie shared the workplace assessment report with the LCBO and the AGCO.

“I am pleased with the LCBO’s decision to resume sales of our wines, said Norman Hardie, founder Norman Hardie Winery. “We have taken several steps over the past several months to ensure our Winery is a safe and respectful workplace and am grateful for the support of many long-time past and present employees at the Winery, friends in the community and loyal customers during this time.”

Norman Hardie wines are now available at select LCBO stores in Ontario or directly through the Winery and this website.