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Konzelmann family buys Harvest Barn and Rancourt Winery
Jim Reschke, vice-president of Konzelmann Vineyards Inc. (File photo/Dariya Baiguzhiyeva)

The Konzelmann family has purchased Harvest Barn and Rancourt Estate Winery.

Konzelmann Vineyards Inc. announced Friday that it has reached a deal to buy the popular Niagara-on-the-Lake fruit, vegetable and baked goods market on Niagara Stone Road and the nearby winery. 

The purchase price was not disclosed. It's unclear at this point when the deal closes.

In a statement, the company said Stephanie and Fabian Reis, grandson of Konzelmann founder Herbert Konzelmann, will manage the Rancourt property and winemaking operations. Harvest Barn will continue to be managed by the Baum family.

It's the second time Harvest Barn and Rancourt have changed ownership in the past year. In 2018, both operations were purchased by Fabian Reis and Erwin Wiens, now a NOTL town councillor.

“I am both honoured and privileged to be able to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps. Winemaking is in my blood. The acquisition of Rancourt allows me to step out on my own and create a product that I am proud to call my own,” Reis said in the news release.

Rancourt Estate Winery, founded in 1998, operates a 22-acre vineyard. The winery sells its products through its on-site wine boutique, online and the LCBO. The winery also offers on-site tastings and private winery experiences.

“Our extensive experience and reputation should help strengthen the Rancourt brand and continue to raise the profile of Niagara-on-the-Lake as a first-class wine destination,” said Jim Reschke, a vice-president of Konzelmann Vineyards Inc.

Harvest Barn has “a great thing going there and we are excited to be a part of it,"  said Konzelmann vice-president Claudia Konzelmann. "Harvest Barn has become one of those local iconic businesses, no doubt backed by strong customer service, fresh produce and fair pricing.”

 Herbert Konzelmann added, “Rancourt will share our similar values, culture and passion, and together we hope to leverage our resources and build on the strong legacy we have developed for Konzelmann Estate Winery.”

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