Kittling Ridge, Grimsby
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|1971||Distillery was built on South Service Rd., Grimsby by Swiss Stillmaster, Otto Rieder.
Ownership was privately funded. Initial production consisted of European style fruit spirits (eau de vies or fruit brandies), soon expanded to include the more popular Canadian distilled spirits... vodka, whisky. Grape brandy continued to be a specialty.
|1985||Grimsby plant, warehouse and office expanded to accommodate growth.|
|1992||Otto Rieder retires. Original financial backers seek replacement.
John K. Hall assumes position of C.E.O. and takes an equity position.
|1993||Rieder Distillery applies for, and is granted a commercial Winery License, for the province of Ontario, making it the only combination winery, and distillery operating in Ontario.|
|1993||Name is changed from Rieder Distillery to Kittling Ridge Estate Wines & Spirits.
Mission statement... to produce products offering Quality, Taste and Value.
|1993||Company launches first landmark product... Kittling Ridge Ice Wine & Brandy, combining the still master's craft and the winemakers art.|
|1994||KR's Pure Gold Whisky (a.k.a. Canadian Company Whisky), becomes the 3rd most popular imported spirit in Taiwan.|
|1995||Kittling Ridge becomes 6th largest winery in Ontario. Over 50 people employed full time.|
|1996||Kittling purchases the small Ontario winery... Cullotta. This affords KR 6 off-premise retail wine shops in the province of Ontario.|
|1997||Company payroll tops 100 employees, wine sales exceed 60,000 cases.|
|1997||KR launches Inferno Pepper Pot Vodka.|
|1997||KR mourns the passing of one of the founding owners, Mr. Ben Webster, Helix Investments.|
|1998||Mr. John K. Hall assumes majority ownership of Kittling Ridge Ltd.|
|1998||KR begins major export venture with Inferno Pepper Pot Vodka to the USA|
|1998||KR announces new hotel project, the Kittling Ridge Inn. Ground breaking to begin June 1999|
|1999||By mid-year, Inferno Vodka is available in 37 US States. KR launches a second size 1.14L and a 50-ml miniature.|
|2001||Ground is broken for warehouse expansion.|
|2001||December.... Kittling Ridge morns the passing of Otto Rieder.|
|2002||January, Kittling officially opens it's new 75,000 square foot warehouse.|
|2003||Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky is launched|
|2005||Prince Igor Vodka passes 60,000 cases annually.|
[Source: Company's web site, 2005]