Marynissen Estates roots have been deeply embedded in the soil of Niagara on the Lake for over 60 years. The property was purchased in 1953 by John Marynissen and his wife Adriana. In 1976, John tore out his native grapes and planted the vitis vinifera varieties; Chardonnay, Gamay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot and Riesling. Two years later, in 1978 he planted what is now the oldest commercial Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Canada.
John Marynissen was one of the first to plant vinifera grapes, when many people said it couldn’t be done. The vines survived and he proved that our microclimate could create outstanding wines.
The vineyards rich history was born out of a strong devotion to the land, pioneering spirit and passion for excellence.