Peter Scherer owner of Grape Vine Tours Inc. was among 50 inaugural winners of the Wise 50/50 Awards. These awards were presented at the Start Up Canada Event on the Hill at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. Entrepreneurs from across Canada met to discuss the challenges facing start up businesses.

Wendy Mayhew, a 66 year old business woman, from the Ottawa area decided to prove a point about older entrepreneurs during Canada’s 150 birthday year. That’s when she decided to create the Wise 50 over 50 Award. A panel of judges chose 50 winners from applications Canada wide.

the criteria was that applicants had to be over 50 years of age and had to have started a new business in their senior years. The winners ranged in age from 51 to 81. Wendy Mayhew’s research had proven that seniors had a lot to offer in the way of creating new business ventures. Seventy five percent of businesses started by seniors succeeded while only five percent of businesses started by younger people succeeded. Grape Vine Tours Inc. is in it’s fourth year of business and operates out of Kingsville. We specialize in wine, brew and spirit tours in Essex County and Windsor. We emphasize quality service to small groups of 2 to 12 people. The idea was my son Mark’s who thought that Essex County could use a wine tour company that catered to small groups.