Richie Roberts was born and raised in St. Catharines, the major city, in the Niagara region of Ontario. Interested in science he studied oenology and viticulture)y while attending the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University he worked at a summer at Le Clos Jordanne and worked a crush at Hillebrand Winery
After graduation in 2004, Roberts was selected by celebrated winemaker J.L. Groux to be assistant winemaker at Stratus Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. At Stratus he became well-versed in premium wine production techniques and the systematic rigour of how to blend different batches of wine together to create something cohesive and complex.
Roberts sees blending as a great tool for winemakers. “It’s a particular part of winemaking that I really enjoy,”
He became the winemaker for Fielding Estate in 2009 where he focuses on creating the best expression of a vintage that he can, extrapolating the unique characteristics of the Beamsville Bench terroir. Sometimes, the result is completely unexpected, yet, in typical Fielding fashion, extraordinary.
Energetic and passionate about the winery and the wine industry, Richie is always ready to take on the challenges of a profession that’s continuously evolving. The quality of his wines comes from great skill and patience, and it’s his dedication to crafting wine that so many people respect and enjoy.
In 2013, Richie was honoured as a business leader in Niagara as part of the Business Link's Top 40 under 40 for his innovation within the winemaking industry.
Curtis Fielding and his wife Heidi, lead the dynamic team who are passionate about winemaking and Niagara's wine industry. When Curtis started farming, his goal was to grow the best quality wine grapes to supply the family winery with the crops to make a small batch of high quality wines. The Fieldings continue this practice and are committed to sustainable farming. Richie Roberts, winemaker, joined the team in 2007 and has led the winemaking team to success with innovative and enjoyable wines from the Fielding vineyards.
The Fieldings are proud to support the Niagara Wine Industry and participate in programs and events throughout the region, they are members of the Grape Growers of Ontario and work closely with the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University and the Niagara College Teaching Winery.
Fielding Estate Winery was named one of Canada's Top 10 Wineries twice.. Annually the Grape Grower's of Ontario select a Grape Grower of the Year (aka Grape King) and Curtis Fielding was selected to represent for the 2012/13 season. This accolade is awarded to grape growers who exemplify excellence and sustainability in Ontario's Grape Growing Industry.
2017 National Wine Awards of Canada
2015 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc – Gold Medal Winner
2016 Riesling Icewine – Bronze Medal Winner
2016 Gamay – Bronze Medal Winner
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze Medal Winner
2016 Fireside Red – Bronze Medal Winner
2016 Lot. 17 Riesling – Silver Medal Winner
2016 Rose – Gold Medal Winner
2017 InterVin International Wine Awards
2016 Estate Bottled Riesling – Silver
2016 Chardonnay Unoaked – Honours & Best Value
Traditional Method Sparkling – Honours
2016 Riesling Icewine- Honours
2015 Cabernet Franc – Honours
2016 Rose- Honours
2015 Riesling – Honours
2016 Riesling – Honours
2016 Pinot Grigio – Honours
2016 Gamay – Honours
Fielding Estate is located at
4020 Locust Lane
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B2, Canada
Wineries to Watch 2014
Wineries to watch in 2015