In 1975 was in Canada the first license since prohibition (1916-1927) awarded for a private viticulture operation, this was the birth of the winery Inniskillin in the province of Ontario. It is located on the Niagara Peninsula near the famous Falls. Here 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 JP Ziraldo (born 1948) and the native of Lower Austria. Karl Emperor (1941-2017). From the very beginning, 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 at. European varieties and a dry development were still an absolute novelty in Canada at that time. The winery thus founded the modern, Canadian wine. Karl Kaiser initiated as winemaker the production of the first Canadian icewine out Vidal Blanc who won many international awards in the series.
Other top-notch products include Alliance Chardonnay, Fleur d'Ontario (port-style white dessert wine), a Vidal selection and L'Allemand sparkling wine. 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 USA ) founded as second winery Inniskillin Okanagan . There was the first Canadian ice wine from 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 at the firm's helm, Karl Kaiser was the in-charge butler of Inniskillin Okanagan.