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The Knizat Family began farming grapes in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2001. This unique location on the shores of Lake Ontario allows us to produce Icewine juice from our vineyards that cannot be attained almost anywhere else in the world.
Ice wines from pressed grape berries from Joseph Knizat´s vineyards have been successfully sold all over the world for the second decade.
More than fifteen years of experience in growing and harvesting grapes in the harshest conditions of Canadian winter provides a guarantee of tasty and quality ice wines.
Buffalo hunters used to roam our lands, relying on buffalo for their survival. As they hunted the animal, not a single scrap would go to waste.
They consumed the meat to stay nourished, used the furs to keep clothed, and created tools from bones that helped them build their nomadic villages and keep hunting for more game.
This land, with its rich history, became inhabited with immigrants who started farming these lands by planting grain.
We are their successors; we, who fell in love with the grape growing lifestyle. Today, while exploring the charms of our farm land, it is not completely uncommon to find an arrowhead; a beautiful reminder of the predecessors of these lands. Even though centuries have passed, this idea of frugality that the buffalo hunters used so well has persevered in our viticultural practices. This is how the idea of “Buffalo Hunter” came to life.
This unique location on the shores of Lake Ontario allows us to produce Icewine juice from our vineyards that cannot be attained almost anywhere else in the world. The vineyards are protected from frost damage due to the lake effect.
At the same time, Northern winds bring us the necessary low temperatures that allow the grapes to freeze right before harvest and yield their “liquid gold”. Hence, Icewine is the reward we get to enjoy for our year-round hard work.
Currently, Buffalo Hunter Winery is a virtual winery exclusively for Icewine with all of the grape and juice production being done by Knizat Farm Inc. while the winemaking is outsourced to Pillitteri Estates Winery.
Pillitteri Estates Winery is the largest estate producer of Icewine in the world. A physical location for production of wine is planned to be built on the property where the grapes are grown.
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