In 2005 master winemaker Richard Karlo purchsed
93 acre in Prince Edward County to start his own winery.
Twenty years before starting Karlo Estates, Richard was making wine privately. Richard has won medals locally, provincially and on the national level, achieving the designation of Master Winemake. Among his achievments
a Gold Medal in the Canadian AWC Competition in 2006, best red wine in Ontario in 2001 and a silver medal in the international Intervin competition in 2002.
He officially opened his winery in 2010 after renovating the properties
1880's post and beam barn.
The winery has quickly gained in respect and popularly.
Richard is using an artisanal approach to the winemaking; everything is hand picked, wild fermented and unfiltered. the fruits stays longer on the wine and long cold maseration soaks for fuller bodied wines Richard focus on Burgundian varietals such as Malbec, Merlot, Bourdeau blends and the first County port, Van Alstine, made from estate grown Frontinac Noir.
His barrel fermented Chardonnay ranks among Ontarios best. The Port Style Van Alstine has recieved rave reviews.
As a Judge with the prestigious Wine Judges of Canada, Richard also sits on the board and was instrumental in overseeing the incorporation of the organization in 2005. Richard regularly judges competitions in Canada and the U.S.
He is also on the Board of the Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association (PECWA) and the Ontario Viniculture Association (OVA).