The Company's award-winning premium and ultra-premium brands include Peller Estates, Trius, Hillebrand, Thirty Bench, Sandhill, Copper Moon, Calona Vineyards Artist Series VQA wines, Red Rooster, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Gray Monk and Black Hills Estates.
With a focus on serving the needs of all wine consumers, the Company produces and markets personal winemaking products through Global Vintners Inc., the world leader in the consumer-made wine industry. Global Vintners manufacturers and distributes products worldwide under the main brands of Winexpert, Vineco, Wine Kitz and Artful Winemaker. In addition, the Company owns and operates Vineyards Estate Wines, Aisle 43 and WineCountry Vintners, independent wine retailers in Ontario with more than 100 well-positioned retail locations. The Company's products are sold predominantly in Canada. The company also represents a broad range of international brands through its two import divisions, Grady Wine Marketing in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and The Small Winemakers Collection in Ontario. Andrew Peller Limited common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols ADW.A and ADW)
It all began in 1927 when Andrew Peller first arrived in Canada from Hungary. Having owned a series of successful businesses, he came here to finally pursue his dream. He envisioned a day when Canadians, like Europeans, would come to appreciate premium quality wines and enjoy sharing them with family and friends.
He pursued his goal and established Andrés Wines Ltd., the youngest of the large Canadian wineries in Port Moody, B.C. in 1961. The name Andrés was chosen as the closest to Andrew Peller's baptismal name 'Andreas', but with a French flair. 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.
Andrew's son, Dr. Joseph Peller joined Andrés in 1965 and subsequently took over as President & CEO in 1970. In 1989, third generation John E. Peller joined the company as Vice President Sales & Market Planning. In 1993, Dr. Joseph Peller relinquished his Presidency and in 1995, his position as CEO to his son John.
In 2001, after more than six years in the planning, Peller Estates Winery was officially opened in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. This new winery clearly reflected the dreams and vision of Andrew Peller and is a testament to all he achieved in his lifetime.
2006 marked the 46 year history of the company and a corporate name change from Andrés Wines Ltd., to Andrew Peller Limited was completed in honour of the company's founder Andrew Peller. In his announcement on the corporate name change, John Peller, President & CEO wrote "...our new name is the best embodiment of our timeless vision - it is true to who we were, who we are today, and who, as we continue to grow, we will always be."
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