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King’s Court Estate Winery is a seventh-generation, family-owned and operated winery located in the Niagara Region of Ontario with its ancestral roots in Germany. The head vintner of King’s Court Estate winery is Josef Zimmermann – the 6th generation winemaker in the family lineage. He immigrated to Canada in the 1970’s, and then in 1988 established King’s Court Estate Winery in St. Catharines, Ontario. Since then the winery has been producing award-winning VQA Ontario wines.
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The rich viticulture areas of Ontario, like the Niagara Peninsula, produce over 70% of Canada’s wine from over 17,000 acres of vineyards. King’s Court Estate Winery cultivates 60 acres of grapes to produce our wines. For example, we make our VQA Ontario wines from various noble varieties including Riesling, Baco Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. However, our winery is best known for our distinctive icewines made from Vidal, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Franc.
King’s Court Estate Winery also exports internationally to our wine fans all over the world. For instance, our exports include China, Nigeria and Europe. Please browse through our wines to explore the royal delight. Savour seven generations of history in every glass! Private label and exporting are available. Inquire within.
Our Legendary History
According to family legend, Kaiser Wilhelm, a German king, visited the town of Heddesheim in the year 1723. During his visit he demanded his dues be paid by local peasants; in other words, he required they give up a portion of their food and wine harvest to him. Jakob Zimmermann, our great-great-great-grandfather and a local vintner, served the king his wine. Indeed, the king was so impressed by the quality and flavour of the wine! As a result, he immediately ordered a barrel of wine to be sent to his residence. After that tasting the king appointed Jakob and his vineyard as the official winery for the monarchy. Thus, the vineyard’s name became “Königswingert.” This translates to “King’s Vineyard.”
The family estate is in Germany’s Nahe wine region, just off the Rhine River. The Nahe Valley is well-known for growing excellent Spätleses and Ausleses from the majestic Riesling grape. Grapes have been growing in this area since the time of the Romans. The family estate, Weingut Königswingert, is operated by Linus Zimmermann and his successor Gregor Zimmermann. They represent the sixth and seventh generations of Zimmermann vintners respectively in Germany today.
Josef, the youngest descendant of the Zimmermann family, and his wife Siglinde, settled in the Niagara Escarpment region of Ontario, Canada, in 1990. Consequently this resulted in a family operation known as King’s Court Estate Winery.
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