Lifetime Achievement Alumni 2000 Dr. Joseph Peller

Join us as we a look back at our Lifetime Achievement Award alumni of the past 25 years. These outstanding individuals have truly left an indelible mark on Niagara and have inspired countless other entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in Niagara.

Over the last 24 years, NEYA has inducted 33 entrepreneurs into our Hall of Fame by bestowing them with this prestigious recognition. Click here to see a complete list of our Lifetime Achievement Alumni and join us on March 1, 2019 as we bestow a new group of deserving entrepreneurs with this honour at our 25th Anniversary Awards Gala at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

Tickets for the 25th annual Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala to be held March 1, 2019 at the Fallsview Casino Resort are now on sale. Tickets are limited, so order early!


Joseph Peller’s career began as a medical doctor following his graduation from the University of Toronto in 1948. An accomplished physician and researcher, he practiced medicine for over 20 years. In 1965, Dr. Peller left his position as Chief of Medicine at the Hamilton Civic Hospital to join his father, Andrew Peller, who founded Andrés Wines in 1961.

Joseph was drawn into his father’s business through a sense of family loyalty. He shared his father’s burning entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to help bring to reality his dream of operating a world-class winery. The characteristics that made Joe Peller an outstanding physician also made him a successful entrepreneur. His loyalty and commitment, strong work ethic, ability to create leaders, and his willingness to listen to people are all factors that influenced his success.

Joe served as President of Andrés Wines from 1966 to 1976 and later took over from his father, Andrew, as Chairman and CEO. Joe was instrumental in developing Andrés Wines into one of Canada’s leading vintners with operations in almost every province producing a full range of wines.

At the time of award, the company remained a family enterprise in its third generation with Joe’s son John acting as President and CEO.
The Peller’s uncompromising commitment to quality and innovation is a cornerstone of their success. The company reaches a broad spectrum of wine consumers with their diverse range of products including the premium Peller Estates and Hillebrand Estates brands, and popular-priced products such as Hochtalar and Domain D’Or.

Throughout his career, Joe has been active in his community, serving on several hospital and educational boards as well as serving as Chairman of the Canadian Wine Institute for over ten years. Joe has served as Director-at-Large for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Royfund Equity Ltd., and served as a member of the Board of Governors of Royal Mutual Funds. Dr. Peller has earned a reputation of aggressively addressing the international trade environment in an attempt to open markets. It is as a proud son, father of six, and loving husband to his wife Connie, Dr. Joseph A. Peller has earned the honour of lifetime achievement.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to enterprising entrepreneurs in our community who have significantly impacted the development of economic ventures in Niagara. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients are individuals who have spent several decades of their lives shaping Niagara, building a legacy, and contributing positively to our community. Save the date and join us on March 1, 2019 for NEYA’s 25th Anniversary Awards Gala.