The History of Peller Estates - by John Peller, Grandson to Founder Andrew Peller
It all began in 1927, when my grandfather, 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. After exhaustive research, he decided to plant his first vineyards in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley and, soon afterwards, to open a modest winery in that province as well. As the seeds of his dream were firmly taking root out West, he began looking eastward. Many years and countless setbacks later, he and my father, Joe (who was by then very much involved in the family business), finally made a breakthrough. An offer to purchase a winery and winemaking license in Ontario was accepted in the spring of 1969.
The Peller Dream Today - by John Peller
It's been just over 50 years since my grandfather raised a glass to toast his very first vintage, and our family proudly carries on his tradition of crafting wine with an uncommon commitment to quality. In fact, our goals today are higher than ever before as we aim to produce wines that rank among the best in the world. And our efforts have not gone unnoticed. We have won many prestigious awards for signature products, like Icewine, as well as Chardonnays and Rieslings, which are as good or better than those produced anywhere abroad. We have also earned international acclaim, being recently named Best Canadian Winery of the Year at London's International Wine & Spirit Competition. My grandfather would indeed be proud of what has grown from those first vines.
The Growth of Peller Estates - by John Peller
We have certainly accomplished great things since our humble beginnings, yet I believe the best is still to come. In the last ten years alone, we have learned so much about the grape growing process. Globally speaking, the Canadian wine industry has only begun to reach its true potential. It's very exciting to be a part of that growth.
Over the next quarter century, we will continue to develop our super-premium offerings patiently and skillfully, without cutting corners. And we will expand our network of ultra-premium grape growers to ensure we obtain only the very best fruit. It is this exceptional care and attention, from vine to bottle, that has brought us here. And it is this same care and attention that will ensure we realize the dream my grandfather started so many years ago.
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