Our Winemaker

Our Winemaker

Alyssa Bator

Alyssa Bator grew up minutes from the winery on her father’s 80 acre tender fruit and grape farm which prepared her to be the hard working farmer and winemaker she is. She began her career at Riverview Cellars in 2008, serving and selling wine in our boutique prior to attending Brock University’s Oenology and Viticulture program. 

Alyssa took on the title of Winemaker in 2014 and has never looked back.

Our Assistant Winemaker

Nicholas Salvatore

Nicholas Salvatore was born and raised in wine country finding home in Niagara Falls. Like Alyssa, Nick began his career at Riverview Cellars in 2015 in the boutique. Nick quickly transitioned to working in the cellar alongside Alyssa prior to completing his course at Niagara College. Nick graduated in 2020 from Niagara College’s Winemaking Program.

Nick has since produced numerous award winning wines such as our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa Bator is a born and bred Niagara-on-the-Lake farmer. She grew up right down the street from the winery and knows the lay of the land quite well. Little did she know growing up on her 80-acre tender fruit and grape farm would lead her down a path not far from where the apple fell. Starting June 2014, Alyssa Bator took over the reigns from long time friend and colleague Angela Kasimos. “I could not have taken over as winemaker from anyone better,” Alyssa states, “She has been the best person to work with and has taught me so much.” Along with growing up on the farm, Alyssa studied four years of physics at McMaster University in Hamilton, receiving her BSc in 2012. “I know it’s not a typical route to winemaking,” she says, “But I could not have gotten into Brock University’s Oenology and Viticulture program without it.” After finishing her BSc, Alyssa applied to the Grape and Wine Technology Certificate program at Brock University which is only attained with a BSc in Science. She just graduated before receiving the position at Riverview. However, Alyssa was not new to the ropes at Riverview. She had previously worked in the tasting room at Riverview for the past six years. She knows the wines and the people and couldn’t be any happier than where she is. When asked what she liked the most about her position she stated, “My place is in the vineyard. It’s what I’ve grown up knowing and love working with. A winemaker may be able to make good wine, but the soil, the climate and conditions of the vineyard will actually be what dictates the kind of quality you will get. I always say good quality wines come from highly cared for vines.”

Here’s to many fine seasons with the family at Riverview.