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. At that time, the land was a mixture of fruit trees, and native grapes. The family farm evolved over time as John developed a passion for winemaking. 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 was the target of much criticism as most people thought these vines would not survive our harsh winters. John always pushed the limit of what was perceived possible with grape growing which helped shape the Canadian winemaking story and brought international acclaim to the Niagara region.