hen our grandfather planted his first vines, a love of farming spanning four generations took root. Today, those vines, combined with that passion, have grown into Cattail Creek Estate Winery. Our collection of vineyards in Niagara on the Lake produces grapes of the highest quality for our hand crafted wines.
The history of Cattail Creek Estate Winery goes back to 1956 when Opa Epp had finally saved up enough money working odd jobs to purchase a farm in Niagara on the Lake. A true farmer at heart, he saw the potential for grape vines in the Niagara on the Lake and planted his small, ten acre farm with grapes. Every day he worked his farm selling the grapes to the local grocery store. Gradually, he started planting more grapes and sold them to the local winery.
His daughter, Renate, loved playing in the vineyards and quickly fell in love with farming. So it was just natural that after she married Ken Dyck they purchased their first farm in 1971. Planted entirely with peaches, they quickly replaced the trees with grape vines following Opa’s footsteps and selling the grapes to the small local wine industry starting to emerge in the Niagara Region at that time. In 1976, they became one of the first farmers to plant Riesling grape vines. While many nay-sayers believed that Riesling vines would not be able to survive the harsh Canadian climate, they proved them wrong and today Cattail Creek Estate Winery has some of the oldest Riesling vines in Ontario.
Over the years, they have seen many wonderful changes to the Niagara wine industry as vineyards transitioned from Native North American grape varieties through to French Hybrids to what we have today, an industry focused on producing top-quality wines using classic European grape varieties. They were a part of the industry when VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) was created – a benchmark that promoted using entirely Ontario-grown grapes to produce internationally award winning wines. Throughout the years of hard work, dedication and passion they grew the family vineyards to 100 acres, always focusing on wine grapes to create what we have today – a vineyard respected for producing top-quality wine grapes.
In 2006, the family dream became a reality with the creation of Cattail Creek Estate Winery. At Cattail Creek, we produce wines that reflect the unique terroir, or growing environment, of the Niagara Region. We are committed to growing the best grapes and making the best wine that we can from each vintage. Each bottle of wine made at Cattail Creek is filled with family passion, three generations of history and hand-crafted uniqueness.
In our short history as winemakers in Niagara on the Lake, our wines have garnered some exciting honours. In fact, Cattail Creek was one of the first wineries to win Best Limited Edition Sweet Wine at the highly acclaimed Cuvée Wine Awards for one of our first wines made, the Barrel Fermented Vidal Icewine 2006. The following year, we returned to the Cuvée Wine Awards, this time having our Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2007 win Best Limited Edition White Wine in Ontario. And recently, our Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2007 won Red Wine of the Year at the Ontario Wine Awards. We are proud to have won such significant awards for each category of wine that we make. It shows that our dedication to excellence in both the vineyards and in winemaking is truly making great wines