There is a long and rich history at the Reif. They are one of the founding Family wineries of the Niagara region of Ontario. Ewald Reif established the vineyards in 1977; opening their doors in 1982. In 1988 his nephew Klaus W. Reif. came to Canada and acqired the winery.
The International Wine and Spirits Competition named Reif Estate Winery as the Canadian Wine Producer of 2017. Owner Klaus W. Reif could not be more pleased to see history repeat itself as the winery received the same award in 2002 alongside the Best Dessert Wine Trophy. The annual wine competition receives entries from over 80 countries worldwide and awards are considered among the highest honors.
Almost from the beginning the winery has been know for its icewine. They sold their first icewine in 1984. The same 10 acre vineyard block on their 125 acre estate is still used today to produce our internationally acclaimed Vidal Icewine. In 1987 our Vidal Icewine was named by renowned Wine Critic, Robert Parker Jr., as one of the year's Top Ten Wines. Since 1984 Reif's Icewines have received over 100 Gold Awards.
AWARD HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Gold Medal at Vin Expo in Bordeaux
- Best Icewine Trophy at the International Wine Awards
- Gold at the Japan Wine Challenge
- Grand Gold at VinItaly
- Wine of the Year at the Ontario Wine Awards
- Best Sweet Wine Trophy at Cuvée Wine Awards
- Gold at Decanter Wine Awards
- Gold at International Wine Challenge
- Gold at International Wine and Spirits Competition
You do not win winery of the year by producing only outstanding icewines. You must produce both extremly good good white and red wines. along with Sparkling wines.
In 2006 Reif Estate Winery approached The School of Horticulture at Niagara Parks to design a garden that would interpret the different grape varieties typically used to produce wines in the region. The gardens are designed to complement and reflect the heritage of Reif Estate Winery’s original 1870’s Coach House.
Comments we have hear
Overall, just a very quaint yet pristine property. Reif has a very cute wine tasting standing room with a bar area for the educator to stand behind and pour the samplings.
I tried a white, red and ice wine at Reif and loved them all. Reif Estates was actually my favorite winery on the tour because of their delicious wines
They have an awesome garden patio for you to sit on while you sip wines and eat a variety of on site made food including pizza, sushi, and charcuterie or cheese plates.