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The Vineyards

Farmers at heart, we look to our roots for our inspiration. Our vineyards are all located within the unique Four Mile Creek sub appellation of Niagara on the Lake and we strive to produce quality grapes that exhibit the characteristics of this beautiful area. Each vineyard creates distinct flavours in the grapes due to its particular soil, climate and topography. Through experience and experimentation, we have identified the best locations for each grape variety and Cattailscontinually adjust our growing methods to suit each variety, location and vintage. The result – a complexity of flavours that only our vineyards can contribute to each wine we make.

Opa’s Vineyard
This is the original vineyard purchased in 1956 by Renate’s father, known to his grandchildren as Opa. This is the smallest vineyard owned by the Dyck Family. Located on Niagara Stone Road just on the outskirts of Virgil, it is a wonderful vineyard for our aromatic white grape varieties. Because of this, the vineyard is planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Musqué.

Cattail Creek Vineyard
This vineyard was purchased by Ken and Renate Dyck in 1971 and is now the home of Cattail Creek Estate Winery. Named after the creek that runs through the vineyard this is also home to the original Riesling plantings from 1976 which have become some of the oldest Riesling vines in Ontario. This vineyard is planted with Riesling (Clones 21, 239 and 49) and Gamay Noir.

Rickety Bridge Vineyard
Rickety Bridge Vineyard is named after the incredibly precarious looking bridge that every one must cross in order to enter the vineyard. Visitors and vineyard employees alike look doubtingly at the bridge and decide they would rather risk being terrorized by the large farm dog across the road than attempt to navigate the bridge – even though that bridge holds all of our heaviest farm equipment! This is our prized vineyard for growing cold sensitive grape varieties due to its proximity to Sauv blanc grapesthe Niagara River and Lake Ontario. These bodies of water moderate the temperatures on this vineyard allowing for even ripening and preventing cold damage during the winter, frost damage in the spring and prolonging the growing season in the fall. This vineyard also has the loamiest soils of all of our vineyards allowing for good water drainage. This vineyard is planted with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Burning Barn Vineyard
At the time that this vineyard was purchased by the Dyck Family, there was an old house and barn on the property. Shortly after its residents moved out, the barn caught fire. Being no more than kindling to start with it burned to the ground before the fire department could arrive.  This vineyard is located immediately adjacent to the Cattail Creek Vineyard and is the furthest from Lake Ontario. Because of this, the vineyard sees incredible amounts of heat during the summer but also the coldest temperatures in winter. Therefore our cold hardiest vines are planted on this vineyard including Baco Noir, Vidal, Marchel Foch, Riesling (Clone 21) and Cabernet Franc.

New Vineyard
The New Vineyard was purchased in 2016 adding 60 acres to our vineyard holdings.