Peller Family Estates
The story of Peller Family Estates began in 1927 when 24 year old Hungarian-born Andrew Peller arrived in Canada, aboard the R.M.S. Ausonia with just 5 dollars in his pocket. He had a dream to create great wine that could be shared with family and friends. This was the European way of life, and Andrew wanted to establish this culture in his new homeland. But it wasn't until some years later that he planted his first vineyards in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, and his vision could start to be realised. The business flourished, and wineries were also opened in Ontario and Nova Scotia. In 1966 Andrew's son Joe gave up a successful career in medicine to join his father, and in 1989 Joe's son John became the third generation of the Peller family to carry on the legacy. Although they make a comprehensive portfolio of white, rosé and red wines, Peller are most known for their sublime range of icewines, including unusual Traditional Method sparkling icewines, made at their award-winning estate winery at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario. Peller were one of the first families to explore this uniquely Canadian style of wine, which is incredibly laborious to produce. These wines have amazing complexity and, although unctuous, have an ethereal quality. Founder Andrew's vision of bringing people together is the Peller family's philosophy; recognising that shared experiences and memories are what make up “family”, which then become traditions that are passed down through the generations. Their motto is “Together we'll celebrate each and every moment, because with Peller Family Vineyards, there's no better time for a glass of wine”.