The Team

We are a small team of committed wine enthusiasts.

Derek and Pat, the founders of the winery, are found regularly meeting and greeting customers at the winery.

We strive to provide customers with a personalized winery experience in our charming rustic setting. You'll meet all of us at our events and we look forward to meeting you.





The Team (Derek Saunders, Pat Latin)

Derek Saunders President, Owner

After more than 20 years in broadcasting working with CBC and recently CTV National News, Calamus has its first true full time employee.

Beginning in university as an amateur winemaker, then managing several retail stores in the home wine and brewing industry; Derek has continued to learn the business from the ground up. He currently holds two diplomas from the International Wine Education Guild, is a long standing member of the Noble Rotters wine tasting group and a member of the Ontario Wine Society. Since he and his wife Pat purchased the first of two vineyard properties in 1999 through opening the winery in 2006, he has developed his winemaking and business skills and knowledge through experience, experimentation, courses, endless reading and hands on experience at a number of Niagara wineries.

Pat Latin General Manager, Owner

Pat is not new to the General Manager role. For more than 20 years Pat held senior management roles in the women's fashion industry. She was general manager of two women's retail fashion chains and had her own entrepreneurial business in medical uniforms. Pat has a great deal of buying, forecasting, budgeting and customer service experience that transition to any industry. This experience is all put to good use every day at Calamus.

On the personal side, Pat's domestic skills, a flare for cooking, sewing and floral arranging, all come in handy for planning and helping with many winery events both on site and off.

Arthur Harder Winemaker

Arthur Harder was born in Grimsby, and raised in Vineland Station in the heart of the Niagara viticultural region. For Harder, wine has been a passion from an early age. In 1978 while on a backpack trip in Europe he made it a point to visit the Champagne region in France.

Harder chose a professional road soon after, with a degree in chemistry from Ryerson University (Toronto, ON), and in Oenology and Viticulture at the famed Geisenheim University (Geisenheim, Germany).

In the 20 plus years since, Harder has worked to produce excellent grapes and great wines in both Canada and Germany. He has worked with Barnes Wines (St. Catharines), Inniskillin Wines (Niagara-on-the-Lake), and Hillebrand Estates Winery (Virgil) in Canada, and the Institute for Grape Breeding and Grafting (Geisenheim), Asbach-Kretschmar (Rüdesheim), and the Klostermuehle Winery (Odernheim/Nahe) in Germany.

Now focusing on his roots in Vineland he continues to craft fine wines, which express the quality grapes grown in the Estate vineyards. The wines while approachable in their youth also have the ability to age gracefully for many years.