The Reif family tradition of winemaking began nearly half a millennium ago in the small winemaking town of Neustadt, located in the heart of the world renowned Rhine River Valley in Germany. In 1977, this tradition transcended to a new continent, when founder Ewald Reif purchased a plot of land on the fertile banks of the Niagara River.
Klaus Reif's philosophy that "great wines start in the vineyard" is the cornerstone of the quality and integrity of Reif Estate wines. This belief, partnered with a commitment to produce predominantly estate bottled wines from our 125 acre vineyard, has provided our winemaker Roberto DiDomenico with the tools to produce world renowned wines.
Klaus and Roberto believe that over time a vineyard will express its 'terroir', loosely translated as 'a sense of place'. Many agree that as a vineyard matures its personality (or characteristics) of both climate and soils will be expressed in the wines over time. We believe Reif's terroir is best expressed by the wines produced in the First Growth Collection, with grapes harvested from our oldest vineyard blocks.
There is no doubt that today we are growing wine in the vineyard.
Reif Estate Winery invites you to explore our Wine Sensory Garden to ponder the colours, aromas and flavours characteristically used to describe wines. The gardens are designed to complement and reflect the heritage of our original 1870's Coach House while featuring plantings representative of the colour, flavours and aromas of different grape varieties typically used to produce wines in the region.
Guests may stroll through the garden at their leisure with a glass of wine or enjoy an artisan cheese plate or local charcuterie under the arbour.
Open May through October 11:00 - 5:00 p.m. | No Reservations Required... continued
Highlights include our Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc garden where guests can view the light foliage and flowers, as well as enjoy the aromas of honeysuckle, grapefruit mint and coriander. Chardonnay and Icewine are interpreted with yellow foliage and flowers along with plantings of vanilla grass, lemon verbena, peach autumn and pineapple sage. The lighter reds like Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir are interpreted with pink foliage alongside aromatic herbs such as rosemary and berries and cream mint. The fullest reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are showcased in the "red" section of the garden, along with aromatic plantings of chocolate mint and oregano.
- Legacy Tour
- Garden ExplorationLegacy Tour
- Taste the Terroir
Enjoy a private tour and intimate cellar dinner pairing regional cuisine with our estate bottled wines. Available for groups of 15 or more, and reservations are required.