In 1975, the first licence since Prohibition (1916-1927) was granted in Canada for a private winery, marking the birth of the Inniskillin Winery in the province of Ontario. It is located on the Niagara Peninsula near the famous Falls. There was previously a farm of the same name here (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 beginning, they focused on varietal wines from Niagara White and subsequently planted the European Vitis vinifera grapes Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gamay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling, which are cultivated there today. European varieties and dry vinification were still an absolute novelty in Canada at that time. The winery thus established modern Canadian viticulture. As cellar master, Karl Kaiser initiated the production of the first Canadian ice wine from Vidal Blanc, which subsequently won many international prizes.
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