Burning Kiln Announces New Head Winemaker

Burning Kiln Winery names Lydia Tomek to Head Winemaker of the award-winning St. Williams based winery known for appassimento style wines.

Lydia Tomek has been selected as Head Winemaker at Burning Kiln Winery effective immediately. Tomek, a celebrated winemaker out of the Niagara region joins the Burning Kiln Winery team with extensive knowledge of her craft, Tomek was the Head Winemaker at Hernder Estate Wines where she spent the last ten years of her career. Tomek has also held winemaking positions at Hillebrand Winery and Jackson-Triggs.

“It is an incredible feeling and honour to start my new wine adventure with Burning Kiln Winery. Being able to intimately work with grapes grown on Burning Kiln`s rich soils and unique landscape, along with utilizing tobacco kilns in parts of the winemaking process, is an exciting opportunity not only for myself but also for the Ontario South Coast. I look forward to working with so many incredible people to help build the Ontario South Coast as one of Canada’s great wine regions,” says Lydia Tomek, Head Winemaker.

“We’re thrilled to have this dynamic, talented and vibrant winemaker joining our team,” says Karen Matthews, General Manager. “Lydia, having been a one-time Ontario’s youngest winemaker, has a passion for wine and the winemaking process that is simply unparalleled.”

Tomek will join the winemaking team consisting of current Winemaker, Patti Fixter and Frank DeLeebeeck, Vineyard Manager.

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