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The Ferox Family

Fabian Reis+

Fabian Reis, Winemaker & Viticulturalist

Stephanie Reis+

Stephanie Reis, Sommelier

Gianluca Alaimo Di Loro+

Gianluca Alaimo Di Loro, Assistant Winemaker

Niels Krist+

Niels Krist, Marketing Director

Cubby Sadoon+

Cubby Sadoon, Cellar Master

Larissa Rumak+

Larissa Rumak, Wine Club Manager

Fabian Reis

Fabian Reis, Winemaker & Viticulturalist

Fabian Reis was born into a traditional vintner family in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the sixth generation winemaker and his family winemaking background dates back to 1893. He moved to Niagara on the Lake, Canada in 1995. He returned back to Germany for over 5 years to study his winemaking roots from 2006-2011 and attended one of Germany’s prestigious winemaking schools, working alongside wineries that are ranked Europe’s best.

Since returning to Niagara, Fabian decided to take a chance and leave the shadows of his long established winemaking customs, and set forth to produce his own style of wines alongside sommelier wife Stephanie. These premium wines will fiercely push the wine industry boundaries to the next level with wine quality and vineyard practices.

Fabian Reis can be contacted at fabian@ferox.ca.

 

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Stephanie Reis

Stephanie Reis, Sommelier

Stephanie’s background lies in Sport & Event Marketing before becoming a certified sommelier. Having grown up in Niagara, she is passionate about the industry and making the experience an unforgettable one for all customers who walk through the door. Her expertise compliments Fabian’s winemaking, and she enjoys being part of all aspects of the winery, including looking after marketing, sales, and social media.

Stephanie Reis can be contacted at stephanie@ferox.ca.

 

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Gianluca Alaimo Di Loro

Gianluca Alaimo Di Loro, Assistant Winemaker

With deep winemaking family roots in Palermo, Sicily, Gianluca has earned several degrees in Oenology and Viticulture from the Universities of Palermo, Turin, and Lisbon. After winning “Best Wine Taster of Italy” organized by ONAV (National Organization of Wine Tasters) in 2017, his passion for research took him to France where he worked on a project on base wine for Champagne. He then worked in Napa Valley, Margaret River and British Columbia before joining the Ferox team as Assistant Winemaker in 2020. He is currently studying for his WSET Diploma and championing sustainable vineyard and winemaking practices with the goal of creating wines characterized by pure elegance, balance and finesse.

Gianluca Alaimo Di Loro can be contacted at gianluca@ferox.ca.

 

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Niels Krist

Niels Krist, Marketing Director

Niels joined the Ferox team in late 2020, bringing with him experience in both the financial services and wine worlds having worked previously at RBC and Reif Estates Winery. While having studied internationally, spending time in Switzerland, and his ancestral home of the Netherlands at Universiteit Leiden for Niels, there is no place in the world like Niagara on the Lake. While taking care of the retail and marketing side of Ferox, Niels is also pursuing his WSET accreditation to continue to build on his knowledge of wine.

Niels Krist can be contacted at niels@ferox.ca.

 

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Cubby Sadoon

Cubby Sadoon, Cellar Master

Cubby first attended Brock University for Medical Science; after completing his degree, he realized that while he enjoyed the research and scientific method of medicine, it lacked the creative and artistic outlet he craved.

 

While working at Inniskillin (thank you for inspiring Cubby), during his undergraduate studies and alongside Larissa, Cubby discovered the Wine Spirits & Education Trust, as well as International Sommeliers Guild, which combined his love for science and the art of wine. He promptly signed up for both programs, becoming a certified sommelier and diploma student. For several years after moving on from the medical field, Cubby explored small and large scale producers to apprentice and learn skills, knowledge and experiential wisdom, which he could amalgamate and thereby produce craft wines in the future. In spring of 2020, he joined the team at Ferox, working alongside a friend, winemaker and owner whom he met almost a decade ago, at another Niagara winery.

 

Today, as part of the winemaking team, Cubby is driven to produce honest and authentic wines, to showcase time and place that makes Ferox a unique stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Cubby Sadoon can be contacted at cubby@ferox.ca.

 

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Larissa Rumak

Larissa Rumak, Wine Club Manager

Larissa joined the Ferox family in the Spring of 2020, bringing with her tremendous experience managing luxury Wine Clubs at Big Head Wines and Two Sisters Vineyards. She has quickly transformed the Ferox Wine Club into one of the fastest growing clubs in Niagara and specializes in creating personalized experiences for each member.
Larissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is also an accomplished WSET student. In addition to planning events at the winery and ensuring the smooth delivery of all Club packages, she enjoys cooking and teaching new tricks to Cessna, the winery dog.

Larissa Rumak can be contacted at larissa@ferox.ca.

 

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