The Vineland Estates Winery team tells the story of family, with brothers Allan
and Brian Schmidt working alongside each other since 1991.
Allan Schmidt, President, Vineland Estates Winery
Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada, Allan's background in the world of grape growing and winemaking has stemmed from a long family connection.
In 1980, Allan's family became co-founders of Sumac Ridge Winery in the Okanagan Valley, and today Allan represents the third generation of his family to be involved in the development of this growing Canadian industry.
After oenological training in California at Heitz Cellars and viticulture training in the Nahe
region of Germany, Allan
moved to Ontario in 1987 to take up the position of Winemaker and General Manager at Vineland Estates Winery
The family connection with wine continues to this day.
holds the position of President and works alongside his brother Brian, who is now Vineland Estates' Winemaker.
Since Allan joined Vineland Estates, it has become the first winery to open an on-site fine dining 4 Diamond Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast Cottage.
Production has grown to 60,000 cases a year of premium wines, and the winery has received hundreds of international wine awards, including the Vinitaly Grand Special trophy as the highest scoring winery in a field of over three thousand wines.
has played a vital role in Vineland Estates Winery's
evolution, and his
twenty-year history with the company has seen it develop into "Niagara's Premiere Wine and Culinary Experience."
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In 1991, Brian traveled to Ontario to train with his brother Allan
, who was the original winemaker at Vineland Estates