Our History

We learned early on that big things can come from small beginnings with hard work and determination. Starting from the ground up, John Rasenberg and his wife Sue Ann built a very successful business that came to employ over 320 people. Throughout their success, their dedication to the community never waned. It was Sue Ann’s passion for wine and John’s love of Huron County and farming that propelled the birth of Dark Horse Estate Winery. The name Dark Horse itself actually transpired from a social gathering with wine in hand. We choose the name for a few reasons, one for our love and passion of horses, and the other because we are the Dark Horse, we are the unexpected. With the next generation of the Rasenberg family emerging into the entrepreneurial sector, we hope to carry on the same hard work and determination that our parents (John and Sue Ann) instilled on us and to be the entrepreneurs our community can be proud of.

We will be adding a strong niche in the Agri-tourism sector within both Huron County and Lambton Shores; adding another travel trigger for Grand Bend. Hopefully as new Wineries and Vineyards become established around the shores of Lake Huron, we can establish Tours year round which will greatly impact the business sector within Grand Bend and surrounding areas.

Dark Horse is looking forward to engaging ourselves in the tourism sector within Grand Bend and building lasting relationships with the businesses and communities surrounding us. We hope to work with local businesses by offering experienced pairings, engaging local caterers to cater events, and endless opportunities that relate to our event facilities, from caterers, photographers, to live bands, and engaging Grand Bend in accommodations and a destination.

A winery adds that extra romance and story telling that every tourist and local desire. As viticulture or grape growing is an old world heritage, it speaks on many levels to many generations. As more wineries and vineyards are introduced, this area will transpire into a story itself. This story will generate a vast array of tourists of different genres to this area whom will visit year round to experience it first hand.