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  The D'Angelo family brought their winemaking tradition over from Italy to Canada in the 50s. Sal D’Angelo started helping his father with making their wines in Ontario as a very young boy, learning how to process the grapes. As a young man, Sal returned to Italy to spend time with his grandfather, Salvatore. Sal fondly remembers the many times he would follow his grandfather out into the fields, often starting at four in the morning, where Salvatore would teach his eager student how to properly care for and renew the vineyard soils.
In 1979, Sal D’Angelo began his search for the land on which to plant his vineyard. As an accomplished amateur winemaker, his ambition was to start his own winery within the heart of Essex County, in Southern Ontario. In 1984, he bought fifty acres in Amherstburg, just south of Windsor. Later, during that auspicious year, he planted his first acre of grapes. Today, the magnificent vineyard covers forty-two acres of the fifty-acre property.
Sal D'Angelo
By this time, Sal had read every book he could get about wine, thoroughly studying all aspects of growing and making it. He was becoming evermore aware of the impressive winemaking history of the beautiful Okanagan Valley. After he was presented with the Grape King Award 1999, the top honour for the year in Ontario for having the finest vineyard, he knew it was time to expand, and he purchased the best property he could find in the Okanagan Valley.
The year 1999 was also the D’Angelo Estate Winery’s tenth anniversary as a wine producer. Sal has a unique philosophy as a vintner. “Quality is grown” are the words he lives by. Throughout the vineyard, only the finest French vinifera grapes and hybrids are planted. The Ontario wine list consists of Cabernet, Marechal Foch, Vidal, Chardonnay, select late harvest and ice wine.
Sal D'Angelo and his son Chris
Sal is the first individual grower-vintner to produce wines in both Ontario and British Columbia. The first D'Angelo Estate Winery Okanagan vintage is expected in 2005.

Since the first vintage in 1989, The D’Angelo Estate Winery in Ontario has won almost sixty awards and medals. Specializing in Ice Wine has lead to several awards, including the trophy for 'Best Dessert Wine in Ontario' for two consecutive years. The D’Angelo Estate Winery holds the distinction of being the only
winery to win back-to-back gold medals for Ice Wine at the Cuvee Awards. The 1996 D'Angelo vintage of icewine won a double-gold medal for 'Best Dessert Wine' at the Great Lakes Wine Competition and the D'Angelo 1996 Foch was ranked in the top 100 wines in the world. One of Sal's most cherished awards was the 'Best of the Best' award for his 1993 Pinot Noir. (Courtesy of D'Angelo Estate Winery)
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