Steeped in Tradition
What defines a legend? Time-honoured practice, spirit, innovation, and fame that promises to endure. So it is at Legends Estates Winery.
The roots of a romance with the land run deep in the Lizak family. In 1946, matriarch Sophie Lizak and husband John planted the seeds of enterprise on a tender fruit farm of a dozen acres. The fertile soil and micro-climate of the Niagara peninsula fed his passion and as time passed, the customs of working the land were handed down from father, to son Ted Lizak to grandson.
A half century later, a boutique winery was born on Lake Ontario under John’s grandson, Paul Lizak; two-hundred acres of fruit and signature grapes to be farmed carefully and harvested gently. A place where history of the past and vision for the future have struck a fine balance; the perfect symmetry of tradition and technology.
Distinguished by Difference
A sentiment of singularity pervades everything at this young winery. Legends Estates has distinguished itself with difference. First, a fruit wine collection, distinctly dry in nature. Then, a natural evolution to wines crafted from exceptional grapes and exclusively VQA.
From the first vintage in 2000, it became clear Legends Estates Winery had been graced with excellent terroir. The individuality of each varietal, the nuance of the land, the essence of every fruit is evident in each bottle. Fruit wines, grape wines, Icewine and special reserves; all richly styled with quality and care. Evocative of the old world, Legends Sémillon is crisp and fresh, the Gewürztraminer a classic, the Cabernet Franc full-bodied and lush, and the Malbec a new standard in quality. They have captured the limelight with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at Canadian and International competitions, and found their way on to the most discerning wine lists across Canada and the United States.
Crafted With Refinement
Every great wine echoes its master’s touch; a truth that is evident in the wines of Legends Estates.
Our Winemaker has married his passion with exceptional talent to develop compelling wines of outstanding quality. They are a renaissance of old-world character and quintessential craftsmanship, rich and full-bodied yet finely balanced.
As steward of an intimate ritual, he carefully determines the best varietals for the sandy lakeside soil, and oversees the planting of vineyards that will be the birthplace of great vintages of the future. Through each stage, his artisan’s hand selects, inspects, and sorts; choosing only the best grapes for a process grounded in traditional wine-making practices. A master whose passion is to create legendary wines from Canada’s Niagara Peninsula and share them with the world.