Rosewood Estates

 

Rosewood Intro
The Rosewood Estates Winery came to its beginning in the year 2000, when Eugene (a first generation Canadian with roots from Ukraine) and Renata Roman purchased a land in the Beamsville Bench area and in 2003 planted their first Merlot vines that was soon followed by others. Three years later, they harvested and produced their first vintage and early in 2008, their retail store first opened its doors.

 

Rosewood Estates - 'the vines'

 

The wines
Rosewood Estates grows more vines of the red than white varietals and these include: Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir – the red varieties (the latter two having the biggest demand); and Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc – the white varieties. Controlling the yields to 1.5-2.5 tonnes per acre, annual harvests are around 78,000 tonnes, from which previously Natalie Spytkowsky (former Winemaker and Meadmaker) and now Luke Orwinski (assistant winemaker for 4 years that was recently promoted to head winemaker) produce ~ 5,000 cases of wine and mead. The grapes come from their two properties – 10-acre Renaceau Vineyard or the ‘Estate’ property (growing all grape varieties except Sauvignon Blanc) and 20-acre 21st Street Vineyard that is subdivided into Mima’s Block (Merlot & Riesling), South Block (Pinot Noir), Hidden Block (Semillon & Pinot Noir) and North Block (Merlot, Gewürztraminer & Sauvignon Blanc) and is situated in the Twenty Mile Bench Appellation.

 

Rosewood Estates - 'the bee'

 

The Meads
Since childhood, Eugene grew up amongst bees, as his father William was a bee keeper that strived to open a meadery, but was unable to obtain a permit from the government. Eugene vowed to one day realize his father’s dream and in 2006 produced the first mead. Today, Rosewood Estates belongs to 1 out of 2 meaderies in Ontario and 1 out of 17 in Canada. In essence, mead is a honey-wine that is crafted by fermenting water-diluted honey to produce nectar like drink. The honey, not all of which is used for mead production, is harvested from 8 colonies composed of about 50 hives that are spread out across their properties and help pollinate other vineyards and farms. Rosewood produces pure meads, Mead Noir (wine-mead composed of ~90% Pinot Noir) and Mon-Cherry (sour-cherry mead).

 

Specialty/regionally unique wines 
– 100% Semillon
– Meads
– Wine-meads

 

Services/events/facilities
– Tours are given by the Estate for $5 and should be reserved in advance.
– Graze the Bench – food & wine pairing event held in June (reserve ahead)
Participating wineries:
– Angel’s Gate Winery,
– Fielding Estate Winery,
– Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery,
– Organized Crime Winery,
– Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery,
– Rosewood Estates Winery and
– Thirty Bench Wine Makers.
. Link to a website with more information
– Cozy boutique offers wines, meads, honey, beeswax etc.
– Private functions for ~60 people can be accommodated in the ‘cellar’ room with wine provided by the establishment (of course) and food by catering service.
– Bee hives/colonies can be viewed and detailed description of their life can be obtained.

 

Interesting facts
Everyone at the winery has a Bee name, Renata Roman is the ‘Queen-Bee’, Natalie Spytkowsky (Winemaker/Meadmaker) aka ‘Buzzing-Bee’, Krystina Roman aka ‘Social Bee’ and William Roman (Beemaster) is the ‘Working-Bee’.

 

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My thank you goes to Krystina Roman for setting up the tour and to Mary Catherine Wasilik – “Bee in Training” for taking the time to show me around.

 

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For recommended wines that can be purchased at the winery, see http://grapeselections.com/grapeselections/wines-from-wineries/

 

For other wineries in the Beamsville Bench Appellation
and the rest of Niagara Peninsula see
http://grapeselections.com/wineries-of-niagara-peninsula/

 

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Location and growing characteristics:
As mentioned above, Rosewood Estate Winery has two vineyards, one located in the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation – the Renaceau Vineyard or the ‘Estate’ property; and the other in adjacent Twenty Mile Bench sub-appellation – the 21st Street Vineyard.
Beamsville Bench sub-appellation has these characteristics important for wine growth: 217 days/year that are frost-free; 1420 growing degree days and precipitation of 544 mm/year.  The soil is composed of clay loam and silty loam that contributes towards the wine’s minerality composition.
Twenty mile bench has these characteristics important for wine growth: 216 days/year that are frost-free; 1431 growing degree days and precipitation of 544 mm/year.  The soil is composed of (west to east) clay loam till to silty loam as well as Lacustrine silty clay that contributes towards the wine’s minerality composition and aids drainage.
Twenty Mile Bench Appellation
Note: Values represent yearly averages normal for the Niagara Peninsula; information mentioned here as well as the Appellations map was obtained from http://vqaontario.ca and is used with permission.

 

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Rosewood Estate WineryRosewood Estates is easily accessible by
taking QEW exit #64 to Highway 18 – Ontario Street South and then
turning right on King St. and then Left on Mountainview rd.
4352 Mountainview Road Beamsville,
ON L0R 1B2
(905) 563-4383
http://www.rosewoodwine.com/

 

 


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Appellation information and map was obtained from http://vqaontario.ca and is used with permission

 

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