Set amidst beautiful rural countryside, Winegarden, near Port Elgin, is a popular destination for wine lovers, sommeliers, connoisseurs, and those who just like to try new things.
In the 1860s, our great-grandfather, Johann Ziegler, Sr., vine grower and master carpenter, received the right to distill fruit from the Grand Duke of the Province of Baden, Germany. The products developed were specific Black Forest Specialties. This historic distiller's right was treated conscientiously by our ancestors and has been carried on by following generations, so that we may now present you with a wealth of delicious fruit distillates. The well-guarded recipes and expertise immigrated with the Werner Rosswog family to Baie Verte, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1983.
Winegarden Estate Ltd., formerly Rosswog-Farm-Distillery, was established by Werner and Roswitha Rosswog in 1991, marking the first fruit distillery and the only winery and distillery in Atlantic Canada. The first product ‘Johnny Ziegler Apple Schnaps,' dry, Black-Forest style, was released in 1992. In 1997, the first New Brunswick farm winery licence was granted.
With 300 acres of tranquil farmland, including 6 acres of cultivated vineyards, the Rosswogs produce a wide range of grape and fruit wines, fruit liqueurs, European style Eau de Vie, brandy and bitters, all made from New Brunswick produce. The store, with sampling area, has more than 75 products available, and the friendly staff will help you with your choice of wine, brandy and liqueur. Take a stroll through the vineyard, visit the wine cellar, our heritage corner and souvenir shop. Picnic tables are provided. To accommodate bus groups, family reunions, birthdays and anniversary celebrations, we offer tasting packages for up to 50 guests. Special events are held during the year. The annual Winegarden Festival is held the second Sunday in August.
Come for a visit and stay for the experience!