This website celebrates Ontario wineries – the wines and those involved in the winemaking business. For me, one of the most enjoyable things about the Ontario wine scene is the opportunity to talk with those in the industry. I’ve found that most are happy to share their passion and knowledge and they are – quite frankly – an interesting lot.
The passing of Karl Kaiser in December 2017 got me thinking about the fact that it’s not just the industry that’s maturing… So, I thought it would be interesting to interview some of the folks instrumental in bringing old world wines to Canada. That’s the idea behind The Founders Series of interviews.
The folks featured in these videos had a vision of what Ontario’s climate and land could produce. They were risk takers, hard workers, and “all in”. They were competitors, yet collegial, knowing that while they were making their own wine and creating their own brands, they were also building an industry.
The first video in the Founders Series is of Herbert Konzelmann, owner and founder of Konzelmann Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. At 81, Mr. Konzelmann is still the driving force behind the winery that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.