Founded in 1866 on Pelee Island, the southernmost point of Canada and the largest island in Lake Erie, Vin Villa remains the most historically significant winery in North America.

Vin Villa’s significance derives from being:

* Canada's First Commercial Winery

* The Birthplace of Champagne in North America

* The First Wine From North America to Win World-Wide Recognition


The prestigious Bronze Medallion was awarded to a Vin Villa wine at the 1878 Worlds Fair in Paris France, effectively recognizing wines from North America at the worldwide level for the very first time.