Andrew Peller Limited

Andrew Peller Limited

March 05, 2008 12:39 ET

Andrew Peller Limited Announces Strong Showing at Recent Wine Awards

GRIMSBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - Andrew Peller Limited (the "Company") (TSX:ADW.A)(TSX:ADW.B) announced today that it had won six of the possible twenty awards presented at the Cuvee Wine Awards for 2008. The Company won more top honours than any other producer participating in the event.

Cuvee, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, is a celebration of the best wines from Ontario. These awards are unique in that they are the only awards in Canada where the winning wines are chosen by the winemakers themselves. Forty-four winemakers gathered together to blind taste one hundred and ninety white, red and sweet wines from fifty-seven Ontario wineries. The awards were presented the evening of Friday, February 29, 2008 at a gala event in Toronto.

"We are extremely proud to receive these prestigious awards, a testament to our commitment to producing the best premium and ultra-premium wines in the country," commented John Peller, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We were also pleased to have won awards for some of our most recent introductions, Trius White and Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Rose, demonstrating that we have both the innovation to continue to be market leaders in premium wine, as well as the skill and expertise to make great wines consistently year after year."

The Company was awarded the following honours at the event:

2006 Trius Riesling - Best LCBO General List White

2005 Hillebrand Artist Series Meritage - Best LCBO General List Red

2006 Trius White - Best White Assemblage

2006 Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Triangle Vineyard - Best Riesling

2005 Thirty Bench SL Benchmark Red - Best Red Wine

Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Rose - Best Sparkling Wine

Andrew Peller Limited is a leading producer and marketer of quality wines in Canada. With wineries in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, the Company markets wines produced from grapes grown in Ontario's Niagara Peninsula, British Columbia's Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys and vineyards around the world. The Company's award-winning premium and ultra-premium brands include Peller Estates, Trius, Hillebrand, Thirty Bench, Croc Crossing, XOXO, Sandhill, Copper Moon, Calona Vineyards Artist Series and Red Rooster VQA wines. Complementing these premium brands are a number of popular priced products including Hochtaler, Domaine D'Or, Schloss Laderheim, Royal and Sommet. With the acquisition of Cascadia Brands Inc., the Company also markets craft beer under the Granville Island brand. With a focus on serving the needs of all wine consumers, the Company produces and markets consumer-made wine kit products through Winexpert and Vineco International Products. In addition, the Company owns and operates Vineyards Estate Wines and WineCountry Vintners, independent wine retailers in Ontario with more than 100 well-positioned retail locations. Andrew Peller Limited common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols ADW.A and ADW.B).

Contact Information

  • Andrew Peller Limited
    Mr. John E. Peller
    President & CEO
    (905) 643-4131