Winegarden Estate was the first fruit wine-distillery in Atlantic
Canada. Forging a new industry where none existed before was not easy, but
through tenacity and perseverance, the owners of Winegarden Estate paved
the way for future growth of agri-tourism in New Brunswick and opened
doors previously closed to the cottage wine industry. New Brunswick is now
a proud of the high quality fruit and grape wines, fruit liqueurs and
spirits produced here.
Filled with photographs and text and product descriptions, our new
book, "In Vino Veritas: How an Old German Tradition becomes New
Brunswick's Windfall" celebrates Winegarden Estate's proud history of
family and place.
Available from Winegarden Estate and locations where Winegarden
Estate products are sold.
How an Old German Tradition becomes New Brunswick's Windfall
On August 15, 1983, Werner Rosswog and his family emigrated from Germany
to rural New Brunswick. They envisioned a quiet life living off the
resources of the land.
No one imagined their family would become a catalyst for a new industry
in their adopted province.
Today, New Brunswick celebrates a proud new identity as a grape-growing
region and an agri-tourism destination. But pioneering an industry is no
This is the story
of how one man held steadfastly to a vision that ultimately led to Atlantic
Canada's first private winery/distillery, Winegarden Estate, Ltd.
On its own, this is an account of perseverance and struggle. But the real
story starts many years earlier, in a country well known for its culture of
spirit and wine production. And at its very roots is a deep connection to
land that transcends time and generationsnow continents and
Pride of Place.
This is where the story truly beginsthis is where it continues.
WINEGARDEN ESTATE TODAY
Winegarden Estate has grown from its modest beginnings to encompass a wine
store with tasting facilities and viewing window, the winery-distillery and
a cooling room for storage of the finished product shop, small museum and
events barn. Their wines are also available at Moncton, Fredericton and
Saint John Farmer's Markets.
Winegarden is still a family business. Although Werner and Roswitha Rosswog have
retired, son Steffen is now Master Winemaker, distiller and production manager.
Daughter Elke is Company President and handles the finances and sales for
the family business.
They are proud to have something for every taste and palate. By using
local maple syrup, blueberries, apples, cranberries, wild cherries,
blackberries, elderberries, currant, raspberries, grape, honey and pears,
the Rosswogs have created a smorgasbord of New Brunswick, and made great
inroads into the province's agri-tourism marketplace.