Our Team

Ian Hayward, Partner

What do I love about Sage Hayward Vineyards?  Top of the list has to be family.  There are few greater pleasures in life than driving my brother Doug crazy.  Watching him go into orbit as I operate the tractor through a row of vines without realizing the emergency brake is still on is pure heaven.  Working with my wife, sister-in-law, sister, two sons and numerous nieces and nephews gives me a profound sense of comfort and fulfilment.  Then there’s community.  Our family has been on Saturna for over three decades.  The people on this island never cease to amaze with their kindness, support and genuine friendship.  This place is our home and we are incredibly proud of it.  Excellence is a big part as well.  We have put together a team of experts who are passionate about both winemaking and farming.  Watching them perform their craft is nothing short of inspiring.  And finally there’s Nature.  We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  This land has solved the riddle of creating a balance amongst living things and its mentorship is not lost on us when we farm.  Minimal intervention is our mantra and it’s paying off as this unique terroir speaks through our wines.  

But still…. driving Doug crazy is about as good as it gets. 

Wendy Sage-Hayward, Partner

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Doug Hayward, Partner

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Anne Hayward, Partner

I grew up in Nova Scotia, went to school in Ontario, spent my working life in Alberta and retired to BC.  Of all the places I love in this beautiful country, Saturna Island tops the list.  Doug and I bought a cabin here when our three now-grown kids were still young, and started living here full-time in 2020; my plans at that time centred around writing a novel.  Life threw us the ultimate curve – I’m now learning the ropes at Sage Hayward Vineyards and thrilled to be part of the venture; novel’s on indefinite hold…!  Restoring the grace and viability of our vines is a soul-satisfying experience, and doing it with family and friends just takes it all to the next level.

Tyler Cox, Winemaker

Originally from Saltspring, I spent my youth amongst the southern gulf islands. My first job in the wine industry was picking grapes in the Cowichan valley in 2012, and I got hooked. I worked at island and coastal wineries with a stint in the Okanagan, challenging myself in every situation to learn and experiment with grape growing and winemaking.  Fast forward to the end of 2017: my first visit to the vineyards on Saturna, the place I have come to call home. I began pruning the tangled mess of these unattended vines, dreaming of the day our first wines would get bottled. 

When the Haywards were looking to invest in this land in 2020, I did my best song and dance to persuade them this endeavour would be life changing in the most positive of ways – if you like to work a lot, that is!  Together we’ve built a team of unique and wonderful personalities who bring various perspectives and talents to this community-driven project. 

Chef Hubertus Surm

I was born in Northern Germany into a family of butchers, becoming aware of the importance of good food at a very early age.  I began my chef training in my late teens, completing my training in restaurants and hotels in Berlin.  Add a stint at the Grosvenor Hotel in London and I was well on my way to becoming an accomplished chef.  Fast forward to Vancouver in the early 80’s where I was approached to be the Head Chef at Isadora’s Cooperative restaurant situated in the heart of Granville Island.  As the largest cooperative restaurant in North America we garnered a lot of attention and gained many kudos serving newly defined ‘West Coast Cuisine’ featuring local products.   During that time, some of my friends owned property on Saturna and I visited often.  An introduction to John Guy at Haggis Farms changed my life when he invited my late wife to run the newly acquired Saturna General Store. Our family moved to Saturna in 1996. I have been serving creative food to the islanders of Saturna ever since, in most part at the Saturna Cafe.  I love the opportunity to work at the Feral Goat Bistro alongside such a dedicated team bringing this vineyard back to life.

Lara Truscott, Hospitality

What does Lara love most in the world? Great wine, delicious food, the Southern Gulf Islands and all it has to offer, oh! and her daughter, Calli, of course!

From the moment she visited the property that is now Sage Hayward Vineyards back in January 2018, it was love at first sight: the ocean views and mountain backdrop, the massive gnarled nests of vines, and the spectacular Bistro crying out for love and attention.  Lara had a vision then and there of this most remarkable place regenerated into a thriving hub of rustic beauty, elegant coastal wines, delicious locally inspired cuisine and roaming wild goats.

Two years later, she met the Haywards, they shared their visions (over blackberry gallete!) and the rest is history.

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