|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.
|Amanda Leduc, Bilingual Technical Sales Manager for Cider and Beer
Amanda joined the Vines to Vintages team in March 2013 as our Bilingual Technical Sales Manager. Her education began at Ryerson University studying Biology and Chemistry; a stepping stone that lead her to further wine studies. She continued her education, graduating in 2006 from the Vineyard and Winery Technician program at Niagara College, garnering a spot on the President’s Honour Roll.
After her studies, several years of wine related sales, and a summer assisting with brewing at Mill Street Brewery, Amanda honed her skills in wine production, working harvests in Germany, New Zealand, as well as locally at Le Clos Jordanne, before accepting a technician position at Cave Spring Cellars, which she held for 3 years. After achieving a solid understanding of wine production, Amanda transitioned into outside sales with AO Wilson, and now with Vines to Vintages, she has found a way to combine technical sales and winemaking.
Amanda can be found doing what she loves to do best, being social and sharing her knowledge and experience on quality winemaking products so she can enjoy great Canadian wines.
|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.