Steveston Winemakers has been nestled in the quaint fishing village of Steveston since January 4, 2000. We have an experienced team that knows how to help customers choose and customize wines to suit their palates. A world of wines awaits you. Grapes for the wine kits are sourced by top commercial producers from vineyards around the world. Many award-winning wines have been made here. When you visit the shop, you’ll immediately notice a warm, friendly atmosphere where cleanliness is a top priority. The experience of becoming a vintner here is always fun and affordable.
We live and work in a very special community and are committed to providing community support to charitable fundraising events.
Explore the world of wine in your own way by using the finest ingredients sourced from the world’s best vineyards. Many of our wines come with oak chips or cubes which simulate the aromas and flavours of barrel-aging. Check out our FAQ page to learn more about aging your wine once it’s bottled.
Platinum Wine Series
Take your craft to the highest level and you’re sure to impress any wine connoisseur. You’ll make premium quality wines by selecting from our Platinum Series. Red wines will ferment on wet or dry grape skins which adds deep hues, enhances the bouquet and promotes chewy tannins for a lingering finish. You can expect to wait 8 weeks from the time you start fermentation to when you return to bottle.
Gold Wine Series
Make superior quality, age-worthy wines of distinction by choosing from this 8-week series. Your wines will be both complex and sophisticated.
Silver Wine Series
Enjoy our Silver Series which highlights the unique tastes of the most acclaimed wine styles of the old and new worlds. Most red wines ferment on dried grape skins, adding colour, rich bouquets and tannins that will smooth out with age. These wines take 6 weeks to ferment before being bottle ready.
Bronze Wine Series
Pick easy-drinking table wines from our Bronze Series. You’ll find that these pair perfectly with every meal. Fermentation time is only 4 or 5 weeks so you can enjoy your craft wine quickly and more often.
If you have a taste for micro-brewed beers, our craft beer kits are designed exclusively for you. Skilled brew masters use a 3-vessel craft brew house to transform the best barley, malt and hops into small batches of fresh wort. It’s packaged immediately, capturing all its delicate aromas and flavours. There are no sugars, concentrate or extract, just pure, fresh, unfermented beer! You can make your favourite style of all-grain craft beer at home in just a few weeks and enjoy a truly great beer with fresh and pure flavours and aromas.
We guarantee all of the wines you make on premise.
Your winemaking team…
Paul has been with Steveston Winemakers since 2001. He began his career as a professional photographer while living on Canada’s east coast. Just as you’d expect from an east-coaster, his friendly nature makes you feel so welcome that you already feel like family when you first walk through the door. His wealth of knowledge about wines will guide your decision about which ones to make. When you start the fermentation process for your first kit, you become a vintner. Paul will call you when it’s ready to bottle and help you turn it into the finished product to take home.
Egon has been with Steveston Winemakers since 2012. He takes pride in volunteering for local community groups and is a member of his strata council so he fits well with our values of community giving. Beginning his career in IT sales around the time when computers came to be, it’s been easy for him to transition to wine sales. He knows a lot about wine and takes time to learn exactly what our customers like. Of German heritage, he has published a cookbook of his favourite family recipes so he can give advice on cooking with wine and food pairings.
Alfonso joined Steveston Winemakers in September 2018. Prior to that, he spent 2 years in customer service in Steveston. He participates in a wide variety of volunteer work by helping the disabled, injured, seniors, sports teams and the underprivileged. As our Production Manager, he looks after every stage of the winemaking process from when you start fermentation until you return to bottle it. A true community spirit, he’s a great fit for both the front and the back of the shop and our culture of community giving. He is also taking the Sociology program at UBC.
Bill and Heather have been customers of Steveston Winemakers since moving here in 2001. When the former owners decided to retire, to be sure they could continue to make the outstanding wines they’d become accustomed to, they bought the business. Bill began his career as a computer programmer in the financial industry, eventually becoming Chief Technology Officer and later doing IT consulting projects in healthcare. Volunteering has been an important part of his life, having spent 13 years with Scouts Canada and 18 with the RCMP Block Watch program. Being process oriented, he’s making sure everything behind the scenes is working smoothly. Of Dutch heritage, his last name means ‘merchant’ so the wine shop is a great fit for becoming more involved in the community.
Always drawn to Steveston Heather was thrilled when she and Bill could call it home in 2001. She began her career in accounting and transitioned to IT projects, auditing, business risk consulting, business continuity, privacy, compliance and risk management, all of which can be used in the business. Volunteering has been a big part of her life, including United Way, parent advisory council, strata council, CPA chapter board, Girl Guides, occupational health and safety and the RCMP Block Watch program. Heather is delighted to be even more involved in the community since becoming a shop owner.
Taking a peek through the porthole, you’ll see primary fermenters, carboys, our bottling station and home brewing equipment and supplies.