In 1975, in Canada the first license since prohibition (1916-1927) awarded to a private winegrower, this was the birth of the Inniskillin winery in the province of Ontario. It is located on the Niagara Peninsula near the famous falls. There used to be a farm of the same name (which in turn was named after a town in Northern Ireland). In 1978 a new winery was built. The two founders were Donald JP Ziraldo (born 1948) and Dr. from Lower Austria Karl Emperor (1941-2017). Right from the start, they relied on varietal wines from Niagara and subsequently planted the European Vitis vinifera vines cultivated there today Cabernet Franc. Chardonnay. Gamay. Merlot. Pinot gris. Pinot Noir and Riesling on. European varieties and a dry expansion were still an absolute novelty in Canada at that time. The winery established modern Canadian winegrowing. Karl Kaiser initiated the production of the first Canadian as a cellar master icewine out Vidal Blanc, who subsequently won many international awards.
Other top products are Alliance Chardonnay, Fleur d'Ontario (white port-style dessert wine), a Vidal selection and the sparkling wine L'Allemand. All wines have the highest Canadian VQA status. In 1994, in the province of British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley (near the border with the United States ) was founded as the second winery Inniskillin Okanagan . There was the first Canadian ice wine of the variety Chenin Blanc created. A third winery called Inniskillin Napa Vineyards was in California Napa Valley founded. All three wineries have been owned by the Canadian giant since 1992 Vincor International, Donald JP Ziraldo became director of the company, Karl Kaiser was responsible for Inniskillin Okanagan's cellar master.