From one of the founders of Hillebrand Estates, comes a fascinating account of the development and establishment of this award-winning Niagara winery. The story of how Hillebrand Estates Winery became one of the top producers of world-class wines in Canada is truly amazing. When it was founded in 1982, only four other estate wineries existed in the Niagara region; now there are over forty. Clearly, Hillebrand Estates is one of the pioneers in the art of winemaking in this country. From the beginning, Hillebrand's goal was to develop high-quality Ontario wines that would rival the European imports appearing on store shelves. Hillebrand's innovation and expertise has ensured that it is one of the leading producers of top quality wine in the Niagara region. The winery was the first to develop contracts for Niagara growers, guaranteeing ten years of crop purchases. Hillebrand was also the first Canadian winery to bring Icewine to market. They have won many prestigious national and international awards for their wines, and their wine-tasting tours and European-style wine market stores have been instrumental in developing a market for Canadian wines. A wonderful introduction to the art of winemaking in Canada, The Story of Hillebrand Estates Winery is recommended reading for all wine lovers.
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