Grape Grower of the Year (2012-2013)

Curtis Fielding

Location:
Fielding Estate Winery
Locust Lane, Beamsville

 

 

History:

Curtis Fielding was once a competitive racecar driver on the Canadian circuit, he has become a natural grape grower as the General Manager of Fielding Estate Winery.

The Fielding family purchased a 20‐acre peach and pear orchard on the Beamsville Bench in the early 2000s, replacing all the trees — and a few rows of juice grapes — with high‐quality VQA vinifera vines in the summer of 2001. The unique Fielding Wine Lodge opened its doors in May 2005, and has quickly established itself as one of the finest wineries in Ontario, being named one of Canada’s Top 10 wineries by the Canadian Wine Awards in 2009.

The Fielding operation also includes a 40‐acre farm in Beamsville that supplies the winery with grapes during harvest. The winery also works with many local growers for the winery's grape needs.

Coming out of Georgian College with a diploma in Automotive Business Marketing, and once done with competitive racing, Curtis spent three years learning the ins and outs of the grape and wine industry with winemakers in the Niagara area before embarking on his own winery adventure. At his winery, Curtis and his family have taken great care to be mindful of the environment, using as much natural light in the Wine Lodge as possible, utilizing a natural lagoon to treat wastewater and recycling all left over grape stems as mulch. Curtis is also starting the three‐year process to have Fielding EstateWinery recognized as an organic winery. It was noted in the Grape King judging that Curtis’s vineyard is “pristine.” Curtis lives in Beamsville with his wife Heidi and two young sons.