Dr. Joseph Pohorly
The year 2002 was an exciting one as Joseph earned a PhD from Columbus University in the U.S., the result of his research into the health benefits of grape seed oil.
The following year, Dr. Joseph launched a new product line that reflected this research, and his interest in health and wellness.
While on vacation in Florida in 1998, winemaker and winery owner Joseph Pohorly saw something that literally planted the seeds for a new idea. On the shelf of a small winery sat several bottles of imported grape seed oil from Italy. Curious about this grape-related product, Joseph began to research it and discovered some amazing things.
Grape seed oil is made from pomace, the waste left in the grape press during the winemaking process after the pressing cycle. Every year in Niagara, thousands of tonnes of pomace is thrown out or put back on the vineyard land for compost. But the oil obtained from a further dehydration and pressing process is rich in nutrients, especially antioxidants and fatty acids like linoleic acid.
The nutritional components in grape seed oil provide a variety of healthy benefits, one of the most important being their ability to slow down and reverse free radical damage and reduce the risk of disease – especially heart disease – and slow skin aging. Grape seed oil is a powerful antioxidant, 50 times more potent than Vitamin E and 20 times more effective than Vitamin C in destroying these free radicals, harmful molecules that roam the body and damage cells.
Other studies show that certain components in grape seed oil can help protect the body from sun damage, improve vision, improve flexibility in joints, arteries and body tissue, improve blood circulation and reduce allergic and asthmatic symptoms by inhibiting the formation of histamines.
Joseph knew he was on to something with guidance from Nick Pisano, IRAP Councillor and assistance from the Industrial Research Assistance Program, for the next few years, he continued his research at the winery and at the University of Guelph in Canada.
- In 2002, Joseph Pohorly received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Columbus University in the U.S. The following year, he launched Dr. Joseph’s Grape Seed Oil. Available only at the winery, this is a high-quality, cold-pressed oil, which maintains the highest level of nutritional value. Joseph has developed a unique extraction process that does not use heat or chemical solvents, which would diminish the nutritional quality of the oil.
- In 2003, Joseph won the Regional Innovation Award for Sustainable Development/Ontario Region, presented by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Program and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
- In 2004, he earned the Christopher Newton Award for Extraordinary Vision in Business, awarded to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Businessperson of the Year.
As his dream and goal of expanding the grape seed oil enterprise is realized,
Dr. Joseph Pohorly's tradition of excellence and innovation continues.
Today, scientists around the world continue to discover and document the healing powers of grape seed oil.