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Inniskillin

In 1975, the first license since prohibition (1916-1927) for a private winery was granted in Canada, this was the birth of the Inniskillin winery in the province of Ontario. It is located on the Niagara Peninsula near the famous falls. It was previously a farm of the same name (which in turn was named after a Northern Irish town). In 1978 a new winery was built. The two founders were Donald J. P. Ziraldo (born 1948) and Dr. Karl Kaiser (1941-2017), who came from Lower Austria. From the very beginning they focused on Niagara wines and subsequently planted the European Vitis vinifera vines Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gamay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling, which are cultivated there today. European varieties and dry development were still an absolute novelty in Canada at that time. The winery thus founded the modern Canadian winegrowing industry. Karl Kaiser as cellar master initiated the production of the first Canadian ice wine from Vidal Blanc, which subsequently won many international awards.

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