Our History | Winery Namesake

Pruned Vines King's Court Estate Winery HistoryAccording to legend, in the year 1723, Kaiser Wilhelm, a German King, rested with his entourage in the little German hamlet of Guldental (Heddesheim as it was known back then). He was served wine from a local vintner, a Joseph Zimmermann, our great-great-great-grandfather. The Kaiser was so impressed by the quality and flavour that he immediately ordered a barrel to be sent to his residence. Since this historic event, the Zimmermann family has been making wine in the Nahe region under the name of “Königswingert,” translation “King’s Vineyard”.

The family estate is located in Germany’s Nahe wine region, just off of the Rhine River. The Nahe Valley is well known for growing excellent Spätleses and Ausleses from the majestic Riesling grape. Grapes have been grown in this area since the time of the Romans. The family estate is operated by Linus Zimmermann and his successor Gregor Zimmermann, who represent the 6th and 7th generation of Zimmermann vintners respectively in Germany today www.koenigswingert.de

In 1990 the youngest descendant of the Zimmermanns, Josef and his wife Siglinde, started a winery with an 11 acre farm below the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Canada. Since then, we have grown to a family operation known as King’s Court Estate Winery. We now cultivate 30 hectares (60 acres) of grapes to produce wine from various noble varieties including Riesling, Baco Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

We are best known for our distinctive Icewines made from Vidal, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Cabernet Franc. Our range of wines is extensive; please browse through our wines to explore the royal delight. Savour seven generations of history in every glass!

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