The Story of Reif

One of Niagara-on-the-Lake's founding family wineries, established in 1982 by The Reif Family, and later fulfilled by Klaus W. Reif. Today, Reif produces wines from its 125-acre vineyard first planted in 1977 and is in the Niagara River sub-appellation where sun-loving grape varieties grow most excellently. A long growing season is refined by the river, as air currents hinder early spring and late fall frosts. 

 Our vineyard is planted in Ontario’s warmest sub-appellation which is ideal to produce rich full-bodied wines. Our farm is also home to some of the oldest vinifera plantings in Canada—a benefit to growers in cooler climates like Ontario, as mature vines ripen earlier. They also produce wines that reflect the ‘terroir', so when you taste our wines, you will taste the essence of our vineyard.


Willi & Linda Reif - Klaus' paternal grandparents are married and become the 11th winemaking generation.


Ewald Reif, Klaus' uncle, is born in Germany and would later move to Canada, founding Reif Estate Wineyard.


Locals work together to harvest the vineyard


Willy and Lina Reif pictured on the right with a neighbour.


Wine break for Klaus' grandfather, Willis, on the farm


Klaus Willi Reif is born in Lachen-Speyerdorf, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.


Klaus' grandmother pictured on the farm pictured in the centre.