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The Winemaker

Steve Byfield heads up the winemaking team at Cattail Creek Estate Winery.  Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, Steve caught the winemaking bug when he took a summer job at a DIY wine outlet.  At the time he was studying jazz music at York University but in 2000 decided to make his way into the wine industry as a product consultant with Southbrook Winery. The following year he was given the opportunity to apprentice as a

cellar hand for the 2001 vintage and subsequently was promoted to assistant winemaker shortly afterwards. Steve’s tenure at Southbrook lasted for five vintages with his departure in 2006 to the Beamsville Bench Region. Here he worked as assistant winemaker at Calamus Estate Winery. In 2014, Steve joined the Cattail Creek team where his focus is on purity of fruit and the influence of terroir, or sense of place, which drives his wine making style. With minimal intervention during the wine making process, he allows our wines to develop naturally creating a wine that is true to its varietal character and proudly exhibits their origin from our family owned vineyards.