At the young age of 18 Lydia enrolled in the Prestigious Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture (CCOVI) Program at Brock University. During her studies she received many scholarships and awards and finished her 5 year degree graduating top of her class. Eight years later Lydia’s hard work, community efforts and wine accolades paid off as she was selected as one Brock University’s of 50 Most Distinguished Alumni. She also became one of the faces for the University representing CCOVI and featured into their National Recruitment Marketing Campaign.
Lydia is currently the Head Winemaker at Burning Kiln Winery and is extremely excited about making ultra premium wines using grapes grown on one of Canada’s most unique microclimates. Once a prestigious tobacco farm in Norfolk Country, the rich soils of Burning Kiln Winery are now home to 30 acres of premium vinifera grapes and 6 kilns used to make world class wines and appassimento style wines.
Lydia’s professional winemaking journey began at the age of 23 when she accepted a winemaker contract at one of Canada’s most reputable wineries, Hillebrand Estates (now Trius Winery). After completing her contract with Hillebrand Lydia also worked an assistant winemaker position at the prestigious Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate and later moved on as Chief Winemaker for Hernder and Harvest Family Estate Wines. Working at a Family Estates for 10 years, allowed Lydia to further develop her craft but also work in all aspects of the winery (oenology, viticulture, marketing, PR, management).
The work that Lydia has done outside her winemaking career is what makes this energetic mother radiate with beauty from the inside out. Whether it is posing for Women and Wine Calendar to raise money for Grapes for Humanity, helping start a community foundation that is dedicated to improving Cancer Treatment in her community, guest speaking at community events to encourage young women in the careers, making a wine to honour a lost friend, or building the "LocaLove Garden Project" at a local school, Lydia has learned that doing things with love makes life beautiful. She takes those same principles in the vineyard and cellar as she believes wine is the most beautiful expression of time and place and needs to be handle with love and care.
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Lydia puts a lot of time, passion, enthusiasm and LOVE into her wines & is excited to share them. Stop by the winery for a visit and please say hello if you see her
1709 Front Rd, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada
Monday - Friday: Closed
Saturday: 12pm - 4pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm