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Inniskillin Wines

Left: An existing 1920s barn, thought to have been inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was restored for the winery's use, and has become something of a landmark. Top Right: Another view of the winery's retail and production facilities. Mid Right: The winery offers self-guided tours of the premises. Bottom Right: Inniskillin Winery is a popular stop on Niagara's burgeoning cycle tourism circuit.

General Information

Inniskillin has a proud history as one of Canada's first estate wineries and is a significant winery in the Niagara Region.  Located in lush vineyards near the Niagara River, visitors can tour the vineyards and cellars, shop at the boutique or try some of the award-winning wines at the tasting bar.  Private events and specialized tours can be booked through the winery. 

It is the stuff of pure Niagara legend: The tale of the unlikely odd couple that went on to become the founding fathers of the Canadian wine industry.  Karl Kaiser, the studious, Austrian-born chemist, and Donald Ziraldo, the young Italian Canadian agricultural graduate, both grew up with wine at the family dinner table.  On July 31, 1975, Inniskillin Wines incorporated and its founders Karl J. Kaiser and Donald J.P. Ziraldo were granted the first winery license in Ontario since prohibition. 

Inniskillins founders are also major supporters of wine research.  Brock University's Inniskillin Hall  in St. Catharines, houses the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), named in their honour.  As new generations of Canadian winemakers graduate, its widely-acknowledged that the achievements of Inniskillins founders are integrally linked to the burgeoning success of Canada's wine industry.


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Hours of Operation

Winery Boutique:
May to October
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
November to April
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tasting bar:
May - October
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
November - April
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Guided May - October Daily 10:30 am - 4:30 pm every hour
November - April
Daily 10:30 am and 2:30 pm

Self-guided tour route. Daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Further Information

To read more of Inniskillin's history go to http://www.inniskillin.com/en/about/history.asp

Vincor Canada: www.vincorinternational.com/index.htm


Ownership & Management

Vincor Canada is a division of the worlds largest wine company, Constellation Brands

Jay Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vincor Canada


Winery Boutique


Winery Tour accessible excepting barrel cellar which is not accessible


Inniskillin Wines
1499 Line 3
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0


(905) 468-3554

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.21094902830
Longitude -79.06413769500
UTM easting 657250
UTM northing 4786060


Inniskillin Wines
1499 Line 3
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
Tel (905) 468-3554
Fax (905) 468-7501
Toll free 1-888-466-4754 ext. 311
Email inniskil@inniskillin.com
Website http://www.inniskillin.com/en/

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