Like all art forms, winemaking is an inspired mastery of technique and the harmonizing of complex elements. Inniskillin, co-founded by Donald J.P. Ziraldo and Karl J. Kaiser, is located in the town of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada, on the Niagara Peninsula. Inniskillin was granted the first estate winery license in Canada. Inniskillin strives to harvest the finest our vineyards have to offer by carefully analyzing soil and site conditions, hand selecting the optimum fruit of its mature vines and then winemaking and cellaring with the utmost care and attention. Niagara and the Okanagan are the two primary wine regions in Canada and are both regulated by the VQA, the Vintner’s Quality Alliance. The VQA symbol on a bottle of Canadian wine assures the wine consumer of quality production, content, varietal percentage, appellation, and vintage. NIAGARA The Niagara Wine region is coddled and protected in the shadow of the unique natural phenomenon known as the Niagara Escarpment, a massive, geological formation, which was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1990. Located at the southern tip of this 725-kilometre long ridge, the Niagara Peninsula is considered a cool climate viticulture region, as are wine regions such as Burgundy, Germany, Oregon, Tasmania and New Zealand. Winemakers believe that, in general, cool climate viticulture regions produce lighter, fruitier wines whereas hotter regions produce less fruity, heavier wines. Niagara’s mineral-rich soils are the result of melting glaciers that left behind large and varied deposits of gravel, sand and clay, as they receded approximately 13,000 years ago. Thanks to the warming influence of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, the region’s temperatures during the fruit-ripening phase are moderate and consistent. Wines from Niagara, along with most cooler climate regions are characteristically higher in acids and highly aromatic. These high acids result in wines with longer natural aging potential. In addition to our award winning Icewines, a wide range of classic cool weather varietals flourish at Inniskillin’s Niagara wineries: Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Vidal, Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir and Pinot Grigio, just to name a few.
Open daily and year round.
SUMMER OPERATING HOURS - (MAY TO OCTOBER) 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 7 DAYS A WEEK // Summer Public Tours: June through September Daily: Tours from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm; $5 per person
WINTER OPERATING HOURS -( November through April) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 7 days a week
The winery will be closed Christmas Day, New Years Day.
On December 24 and December 31 the winery will be closing at 4:00 pm
French Public Tour: June through August Daily: 11:00 am & 3:00 pm; $5 per person