|Natalie Spytkowsky, Chief Winemaker and “La Presidente”
Natalie established Vines to Vintages in 1999 as an independent laboratory for wineries across Canada and the U.S. As her interests evolved to winemaking, one thing became very obvious; winemaking really does start in the vineyard. In early 2001 Natalie joined Angels Gate Winery as Winemaker and in 2003 she put Vines to Vintages “on hold” to focus on winemaking full time. This appreciation for quality grapes produced hundreds of award winning wines. In 2007 Natalie left Angels Gate and started as Head Winemaker and Mead Maker at Rosewood Winery where she continued winning awards but they had now grown to International as well as local. At that time she joined Darryl Fields and re-opened Vines and Vintages as a one-stop shop for supplies, analysis, winemaking consultation and assistance to both wineries and amateur winemakers. After several vintages at Hinterbrook Winery in NOTL and more awards to add to her repertoire she has now refocused on Vines to Vintages.
She can now be found helping run her national company and continuing to “make and enjoy quality wines” for private wineries in Niagara as well as consulting for Planters Ridge Winery in N.S.
|Darryl Fields, Vice President and Creative Director of “Darryl’s Barrels”
Darryl came into the industry to work with Martin Malivoire of Malivoire Wine Company as property manager overseeing vineyard and winery development. His abilities to oversee and manage “the big picture” and provide great customer service has been a driving force in his 18 year career. After seven years at Malivoire, Darryl joined Angels Gate Winery as General Manager. His “hands on, machine off approach” lead to improved grape quality and a new high in sales. Darryl can now be found doing what he does best, “running the big picture” servicing wineries and home winemakers as well as deconstructing old barrels and creating new, unique furniture.
|Rebecca (Becca) Willms, Wine Supply Specialist and Leader of Customer Service
Rebecca has been with Vines to Vintages since August 2010 and brings 10 years of vineyard experience from her family vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She is a graduate of the Vineyard and Winery Technician program at Niagara College. She has also worked in wine cellars in British Columbia and Niagara-on-the-Lake honing her wine loving skills.Rebecca’s knowledge is now being used to help others. She can be found doing what she does best “helping customers create their best wines ever”.
|Adele Gratton, Bilingual Sales Consultant
We are happy to have Adele join our growing team in December of 2017. Having grown up in Ottawa, French was the first language to roll off her tongue. She brings enthusiasm for winemaking, energy for networking and a creative forward thinking outlook. She continues her education at Niagara College to help serve the Quebec and local wineries and cideries. Adele is eagerly helping customers achieve their goals. / Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir Adèle à notre équipe grandissante depuis décembre 2017. Native d’Ottawa, le français est sa langue maternelle. Elle apporte de l’enthousiasme envers la vinification, de l’énergie pour le réseautage et une vision créative avant-gardiste. Elle poursuit ses études au Collège Niagara afin de pouvoir mieux servir les vignobles et les cidreries du Québec et des environs. Que vous soyez brasseurs, viticulteurs ou cidriculteurs, Adèle est là pour trouver une solution personnalisée qui correspondra à vos besoins.
|Bernhard Schirrmeister, Western Technical Sales Manager
Bernhard started in the industry in 1984 doing an apprenticeship at Fritz Allendorf/Oestrich-Winkel in Germany, one of the oldest wineries in the Rheingau. Being exposed to all aspects of a winery and vineyard this solidified his desire to stay in the wine industry and formal schooling was the next step. Bernhard was schooled at the University of Applied Sciences in Geisenheim/Rheingau for viticulture and cellar techniques.He later came to Canada, settling in BC taking on a winemaking position at Lang Vineyards. Since then he has consulted for The View Winery and Holman Lang Wineries. During his years of winemaking he has gained experience in Sparkling wine, Fortified wine as well as Cider production.Bernhard can now be found sharing his experience to help other wineries make their best wine.
|Olly Graydon, Western Sales
Oliver (Olly) Graydon was born in Kent, England in 1990. He moved to Canada in 2003 and took a liking to the Canadian wine industry when he moved to Kelowna in 2009. In 2011, his parents bought a small winery in Summerland, BC where he has spent several years working at the winery and in the vineyard. With his understanding of the basic concepts and hardships behind owning and operating a winery and passion for the industry, he has expanded his repertoire to Vines to Vintages. Our newest member of the team, he is excited for the future of our company and the industry as a whole.