About Trail Estate

The Sproll family embarked on this journey in 2011 when they fell in love with Trail's 14-acre property. No stranger to hard work they had just retired from running a successful bakery for 30 years, which helped found the craft bread movement in Ontario. Equally, with Trail Estate Winery we are dedicated to producing truly compelling terroir-driven wines of uncompromising quality.


Group of Four Toasting with Wine and Posing for Picture - Trail Estate

Photo Credit: Tomasz Adamski, The Grand Magazine


The People of Trail Estate
Anton & Hildegard Sproll - Proprietors
Anton has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. He graduated as an architect and was partner in a firm in Bad Waldsee, Germany. Travel led them to Canada in the mid 1970’s. Speaking very little English, they made the choice to settle in Kitchener-Waterloo, which at the time had a large German-speaking population. It was there they started their first business, Sproll’s Fine German Bakery.
Mackenzie Brisbois - Head Winemaker - Trail Estate
Mackenzie Brisbois - Winemaker & Vineyard Manager
A native of Prince Edward County, Mackenzie graduated from the University of Guelph’s Arts and Science program and Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program. Learning, living and drinking in the culture of amazing Canadian wine while working at Norman Hardie Winery and gaining experience during harvests in South African (Bouchard Finlayson and Sumaridge) and New Zealand (Central Otago Wine Company) shaped her style. Taking on a new project, Mackenzie moved from Prince Edward County to Nanaimo, British Columbia to teach friends how to grow and make wine for their small-batch winery, Chateau Wolff. Having sampled various wine regions, Mackenzie is confident that the limestone soils of PEC are where she wants to put down her roots — while creating some darn fine minimalist wines. 
Alex Sproll - Partner, Sales and Marketing
Alex is responsible for the branding, sales and marketing aspects — and all the emails we send! He looks forward to running in the Cape Breton Relay each spring. Go Coastbusters!
Sylvia Sproll - Partner, Sales and Admin
Sylvia has been working as a financial accountant for various manufacturing companies for the past 15 years. She brings these skills to the winery, which as anyone who knows, knows, is heavy on reports! 


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