Canada's Major Wine Companies


Constellation Brands.


441 Courtneypark Drive East
Mississauga, Ontario
L5T 2V3






Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy

They are the world's leading premium wine company, with more than 100 brands sold in more than 100 countries. Currently operating approximately 40 wineries and facilities and owning about 19,000 acres of vineyards worldwide. Their portfolio of leading wine and spirits brands includes Arbor Mist, Black Box, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky, Blackstone, Clos du Bois, Estancia, Franciscan Estate, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Mark West, Mount Veeder, Nobilo, Ravenswood, Rex Goliath, Robert Mondavi, Ruffino, SIMI, SVEDKA Vodka, Toasted Head and Wild Horse. 

Vintage Ink winery is owned by Constellations operating both in the Okanagan and Niagara.

Constellation Brands is the largest producer and marketer of wine and related products in Canada. The company's leading wine brands include Jackson-Triggs, Sawmill Creek and Inniskillin. Once known as Vincor Canada.

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Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc.

1067 Niagara Stone Rd.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0






A producer, marketer and distributor of wines and spirits in Canada. The company operates two wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario producing VQA and blended wines under such well-known brand names as 20 Bees, EastDell, Lakeview, Dois Amigos, Hat Trick, Dan Aykroyd, Benchmark and Seasons.

The Niagara - on- the - Lake wine company founders Andrew Green and Murray Marshall started in 2000. They began by purchasing two small wineries Lakeview Cellars & Birchwood Estates. Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd. is an innovative, leading representative of compelling beverage alcohol brands, providing superior sales, marketing and distribution across Canada.

Andrew and Murray had known each other for years through amateur baseball and this, combined with their commitment to quality, inspired the name Diamond.

In 2005 Diamond Estates merged with Niagara Cellars Inc. (EastDell Estates & Thomas and Vaughan wineries). New partnership with Canadian acting legend Dan Aykroyd, Diamond began crafting Dan Aykroyd wines. The following year Mr. Aykroyd invested $1 million in Diamond Estates.

In 2012 The NHL Alumni Association and Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Ltd., launched Hat Trick Red and Hat Trick White with 50 cents from each bottle sold going to the NHL Alumni Association to support various charitable causes and help further promote the game.

They produce dessert and icewines along with a wide range of wines. They have 9 vineyards and also buy from local growers resulting in about 200,000 cases annually. The wines can be found in Eastern and Western Canada with importers in China, USA, Germany, South Africa

The De Sousa Dois Amigos red wine (hand-crafted of Baco Noir and Marechal Foch) became an instant hit in Ontario LCBO stores, especially in the Portuguese neighbourhoods. Dois Amigos (meaning Two Friends)

In 2014 they lunched a new brand Riders Valley

Diamond is a leader in Sustainable Winemaking Practices and Energy conversation. Diamond Estates V.P. Winemaking, Tom Green served as the past Chair of Sustainable Winemaking in Ontario; helping the Ontario Wine industry create the first Ontario Sustainable Winemaking manual where wineries can now be certified as adhering to sustainable winemaking practices.

The company also imports fine wines and spirits from around the world and serves as the marketing and sales agent for these brands in all regions of the country. These brands include Fat Bastard wines from France, Fireball Whiskey Shooter from Canada, Hpnotiq Liqueur from France, Anciano wines from Spain, Francois Lurton wines from France and Argentina and a number of top bourbons.

Over the past 6 years Diamond Estates has been working with Habitat for Humanity Niagara towards a big goal - to raise enough money to build a house for a family in need. On Thursday, May 19th, we officially broke ground on our build site - located in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. ("Diamond Estates" or "the Company") (DWS-TSX Venture) is pleased to announce the official groundbreaking ceremony for their new retail and wine tasting facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It will open in 2017.  The facility will be named The Lakeview Wine Company, coincident with the 25th anniversary of Lakeview Cellars, one of the company's premier brands. The new 3,000 square foot facility will feature a 28 foot and a 22 foot marble tasting bar surrounded by full height continuous glass windows providing uninterrupted views of the vineyard and escarpment. The building's exterior will be clad in cedar using the unique Japanese technique of 'Shou Sugi Ban' creating a charred cedar look with natural wood accents.

 

Thomas Green is Vice President of Winemaking and Winery Operations. Winemaker: Scott McGregor.



Andrew Peller

697 South Service Road
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 4E8

 





 

The company started in Port Moody just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. A Canadian success story. It all began in 1927 when Andrew Peller arrived in Canada from Hungary. He became a successful business man establishing Andrés Wines Ltd in 1961.

In 1964, winery operations were established in Calgary, Alberta and in Truro, Nova Scotia.  In 1970 Andrés entered the Ontario market with the purchase of Beau Chatel Wines in Winona.  In 1974 Andrés moved into Quebec with the founding of Les Vins Andrés in St. Hyacinthe.  In 1975 Andrés purchased the Valley Rouge Winery located in Morris, Manitoba.

The Manitoba location closed in 1992 and in 1994 Andrés acquired Hillebrand Estates Winery, Canada's largest producer of VQA and premium wines, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Today Hillebrand is known as Trius.

In 2001 Peller Estates Winery was officially opened in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

2006 marked the 46 year history of the company and a corporate name change from Andrés Wines Ltd., to Andrew Peller Ltd.

Among their many brand names today Sandhill, Trius Winery at Hillebrand, Wayne Gretzky,Red Rooster Winery, Calona Vineyards and Thirty Bench Winery

Peller Estates French Cross/Proprietors Reserve blends sells well in the east.

Their brands includes, Roundpedal,Copper Moon, XOXO, skinnygrape, Verano and Croc Crossing. Hochtaler, Domaine D’Or, Schloss Laderheim, Royal, and Sommet. The Company imports bottled wines from around the world and markets them through Grady Wine Marketing (“GWM”), and The Small Winemakers Collection Inc. (“SWM”).

Other key brands that the company has in the value blended segment are Royal, Franciscan, Baby Canadian, Schloss Laderheim, and Baby Duck. The Company also sells value priced fortified wines, with Fine Old Sherry being the largest brand. Panama Jack, a wine based Irish cream liquor product that sells in Ontario

Also among their companies Vineco International Products, Winexpert, and Wine Kitz divisions of Global Vintners Inc. (“GVI”) are producers of wine kits and related accessories for the home winemaking market.



Devonian Coast Wineries


48 Vintage Lane
Malagash, Nova Scotia  B0K 1E0







Carl and Donna Sparkes founded Devonian Coast Wineries in 2011, then bought two already established and respected wineries, Jost and Gaspereau Vineyards, and Mercator Vineyards. Devonian Coast Wineries unites their love of wine and of Atlantic Canada.

The Sparkes family’s farming roots run deep in Atlantic Canada, going back to 1761 when Carl’s ancestors left Devon, England and settled on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. A farming family, they were also innovators; Carl’s grandfather was the founder of what is now the Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

They also import wines.

Jonathan Rodwell, Director of Viticulture and Winemaking at Devonian Coast

In the planning is a joint venture with Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa to create a tourist wine destination. Wines will be sold under the Fox Harb’r Vineyards



Encore Vineyard Ltd

Unit 7 7519 Prairie Valley Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
V0H 1Z4

 






ENCORE Vineyards Ltd. is an Okanagan-based, fully integrated wine company known for brands such as TIME Estate Winery, the award-winning Sundial Vineyard, McWatters Collection of Premium Wines and  Evolve Cellars.

The best known of the partners is Harry McWatters a legend in establishing British Columbia's wine industry. In 1980 he founded Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, BC’s first estate winery, and subsequently founded See Ya Later Ranch Estate winery in 1995.

Bob Wareham is the company's Chief Financial Officer and Director. Christa-Lee has been part of the BC wine industry since birth, growing up as the daughter of BC wine ambassador Harry McWatters. She is now the Marketing Manager for Encore

Lawrence Buhler was recently appointed as the Director of Winemaking. Mr. Buhler has more than 15 years experience in the industry and comes to the Okanagan most recently from Colio Estate Winery in Ontario. Richard Cleaves is the vineyard manager.




von Mandl Family Estates

Okanagan, British Columbia






Perhaps Mr. Anthony von Mandl is best known as the owner of Mission Hills Family Estate Winery on the slopes of Mt Boucheries in West Kelowna. Today the VMF Estates, a holding company established in 2014. also owns CedarCreek, CheckMate Artisanal Winery and Martin’s Lane.

Mr von Mandl also owns Mark Anthony Brands and operates at least nine other wine brands, including Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, Fork in the Road, Mike Weir Wine, Fern Walk and Painted Turtle.

“Our Family’s pioneering efforts to place our Valley on the world wine map began more than 30 years ago at a time when no one even contemplated the possibility of producing wines in this region that could stand next to the best in the world. Since then it has been a relentless quest driven on a passionate belief that the terroir and microclimates of the Okanagan, which are found here and nowhere else in the world, could deliver on that dream.” Anthony von Mandl.

Anthony von Mandle: Order of Canada recipient 2016



Bachelder Project

Ontario, Oregon, Bourgogne

 






Producers of Chardonnay in Ontario on Thirty Mile Bench, Oregon and Bourgone. Owned by Mary and Thomas Delaney - Bachelder. They are orginally from Montreal.

Bachelder was founding winemaker at Le Clos Jordanne in Niagara, a position he took after experience working and studying wine in Burgundy, before working as winemaker at Lemelson in Oregon. His ambitious three-terroir winemaking project began with the 2009 vintage, and his main focus is on Chardonnay, although Pinot Noir is also an important part of the plan.

At Domaine Queylus Thomas is the winemaker and consultant

In Ontario they own Wismer Parke Vineyards.

 

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