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The Story

The Rosewood story begins over 80 years ago when R.W. Roman’s passion for beekeeping and mead began as a teenager in Ukraine. After arriving in Canada, he continued keeping bees alongside his son, Eugene Roman, who quickly fell in love with the craft. Years later, during Eugene & Renata’s honeymoon to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the two fell in love with the region for its natural beauty, people and wines. Here the concept of Rosewood began, as Eugene promised his new wife that one day he would build a winery with her. After years of planning, planting and a decade of harvests, our team is made up of a diverse group of talented and passionate wine-loving individuals.

People. Place. Passion.

Ryan CorriganWinemaker (Maker Bee)

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: Having worked in the Niagara wine industry for quite a few years, I had shared many a conversation (and glass of wine) with William. We’ve always seemed to share an enthusiasm for honesty and authenticity in wine. I’ve always enjoyed Rosewood's wines and admired their philosophy. Everyone I’d met who’d worked there seemed to be so incredibly happy and passionate! William approached me with an opportunity to join the Rosewood team and I jumped at the chance. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Champagne. I can enjoy a formal celebration with caviar, Drake and the like, but am more than happy to share a lazy Sunday afternoon with potato chips and Netflix. Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: Reading, hiking through Hamilton’s backcountry, checking out new restaurants or figuring out how to ferment anything with sugar in it. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Past release would have be the 2011 Sémillon. Of the current releases, my favourites change each time I taste them, but the 2013 Origin Chardonnay has the structure and longevity to evolve into one of the greatest Niagara Chardonnays ever produced. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: This is really difficult. I’ve been fortunate enough in this industry to be exposed to some truly amazing food and wine experiences. When I was in school, I was sent on an exchange to France, Italy and Switzerland. I met many amazing wine professionals from all over Europe and the United States who I am very lucky to still call friends to this day. One of our last meals together was in Beaune, at Le Comptoir des Tontons. The combination of exceptional cuisine Bourguignonne, my introduction to Marcel Lapierre and that style of winemaking, complete with passionate friends from around the world was quite memorable. Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Pretty picky about a good cup of coffee, I'm a bit of a dork about that. I also enjoy trying local craft beers wherever I am, I’m a bit of a dork about brewing too. I try to taste new distilled spirits from as many different countries as I can, I’m a bit of a…. well, you get the idea. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: Maria Callas would be everything for me. But since that might prove difficult, let’s bring Flogging Molly and the Tragically Hip together.

GABI Iviney Office Manager

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: I met Eugene, in my former life, when he traded in a car for a pick up truck to start his "retirement project" back in 2000. I came to the opening of the winery in 2008. We talked and the rest is history. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Cabernet Franc. It's full bodied and earthy like me. Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: At home doing laundry or kicking back on the dock at the cottage. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: My favorite summer sipper is Sussreserve Riesling. It is like a yummy burst of sunshine. In the colder months, Chardonnay, a bowl of popcorn and a movie is my thing. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: Steak dinner and a bottle of Rosewood Merlot with our besties, cruising down Saw Lake on a candle lit floating dock with a 9.9 Merc on the back. Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Coffee, tea or water Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: The Satellites or Smash Mouth

Millie

"Hi! I’m Millie and am a Border Collie mix! I belong Ryan McKibbon, Rosewoods Vineyard Manager, and love running around the vineyard, chasing the birds, eating grapes off the ground and greeting everyone who visits the winery. I especially like it when other dogs visit the farm. I’m a little shy at first, but I’ll warm up to you soon, especially if you bring a tennis ball to play with."

Denise Lorraine ThumperBee

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: I drove .
My extensive years of experience with Vineland Research and COVII courses, fuelled my interest in wines of Niagara. I also adore my contact with our guests. Teaching novice wine consumers the best ways to enjoy wine is a passion I truly get gratification from, it just makes my day when they get it and their faces light up with pleasure with what they just learned. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Prosecco, middle classed yet bubbly and easily combined with other quality beverages. cleansing with an expectation of the yet to be learned. Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: Experimenting in my kitchen with new flavours and the adventure of new wine pairings. Usually guests are there, most of whom are still alive today. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Meritage, easy drinking with a unique ability to enhance any casual meal, be it steak, pasta. or a great beef dish. OR just with a sunny patio. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: It was in Vail, Colorado, the most heavenly grass fed beef tenderloin, world class perfection when paired with a California Zinfandel. My mouth is watering just thinking of it! Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Craft beers, I love the complexity of the flavour layers and the challenge of naming what I am experiencing, it's like a game to me. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: Keith Urban, his passion and joy of all things good inspire me, he is easy to look at too!

Eugene Roman Proprietor (Bee Master)

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: I was always good at figuring things out. I have always loved wine and promised my bride in 1982 that someday we would open a winery to follow our passion for wine.  She smiled and laughed... 18 years later we purchased our first vineyard.  The rest is history... Rosewood is where our passion grows.  This is what we love doing.  Growing grapes, producing estate honey and crafting amazing wines is not easy. If it was easy, we wouldn't enjoy doing it as much as we do. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be... A: A full bodied Cabernet Franc..   Lots of body, tasty and depth. Q: On a day off I can be found...  A: Making new beehives and breeding bees. I like to fish too. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is... A: Lock, Stock & Barrel Q: My most memorable meal was... A: Top of Toronto when I proposed to my fiancé who became my lifemate. I can't remember what the meal was, I was so excited that she said "Yes" that the meal based into history.  We didn't have smartphones back then, if we did I would have taken a picture of the dinner.  Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking... A: A 20-year-old single Malt Scotch, the older the better. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: Lemon Bucket Orkestra...   They'd wake the grapes up with their jazz beat.

Renata Roman Proprietor (Queen Bee)

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: One day my husband and I were driving along the Beamsville Bench Wine Trail and saw a piece of undisturbed property. He casually said, "This looks like a nice spot for a vineyard". The rest is history.   Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Cabernet Franc- it’s a complex and rich coloured wine which matches my complex personality.    Q: On a day off I can be found ....     A:  I think I am always doing something, be it working, volunteering, hanging around the winery or thinking of things I need to do!   Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Cabernet Franc. It’s full of dark fruit and blackberries. I loved to pick blackberries in my grandfather's garden - this wine brings back a lot of those nice memories.   Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: Sitting on a beach in Fiji, eating the wonderful fresh Tuna that we caught that afternoon, with local produce and exotic fruits.     Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Something fruity and sweet. Great flavour of liqueurs and ports.   Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard. A: Il Divo,  and the Canadian Tenors. To accompany them, my friend Roman from The Gryphon Trio. 

Judith Smith FeltonRetail Sales Associate

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: Via, my Dear Good Friend Gabi Iviney and experiences at the Winery including Yoga Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Rosewood’s LSB….Big and Bold Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: with my Darling Grandson, River, at the cottage at Ril Lake, Muskoka, on the back of a horse or on the slopes skiing Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Our Origin Pinot Noir, as it has great concentration, intensity and depth of flavour. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: at the Cliff Restaurant, Barbados, CHARGRILLED (MAHI MAHI) Baked potato cake, horseradish ~ smoked salmon sauce, wilted greens, fine beans, baby onions Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Water Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: George Olliver and Gang Busters

William Roman Operations Manager (Bee Master)

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: From a young age I’ve kept bees alongside my father Eugene, learning early on how amazing and capable they are. My passion for beekeeping (and wine) grew as I went to business school at McMaster and began spending more time at the farm. Once the family business opened to the public it was only natural to join, and the rest is now history. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: A right bank Bordeaux – approachable in its youth, yet intense & focused and hopefully becoming graceful and smooth with age. Q: On a day off I can be found.... A: With friends & family at a restaurant or on the golf course, riding a boat, in the gym or kitchen, or at the movies. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: 2011 Lock, Stock & Barrel - the inaugural vintage of this wine & 2012 La Fumee – a white Bordeaux, fermented in neutral 500L barrels… this wine was a passionfruit-bomb during ferment. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: At La Bottega, a 300-year-old family run restaurant sitting on top of a Tuscan hill in the village of Volpaia, in the summer of 2014 with my girlfriend Julia. The truffled pasta we shared was out-of-this-world incredible and nothing has rivalled it since. Completely unforgettable. Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: The classic Manhattan. It' my go to drink or a finger of single malt... I find its important to take a break from wine from time-to-time. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: Andrea Bocelli - my mother would play his music when she drove us around as kids and now I feel it would be the perfect concert to have among the vines.

Jen Yokota Retail Manager (Busy Bee)

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: I've somewhat of a Jane-of-All-Trades: screenprinting, retail, administrative assistant, marketing, logistics, traveler, writer, photographer. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Japanese Plum (spritzer style). Short, sweet & half Japanese! Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: Taking photos. Cooking. Catching up with friends & family. Writing. Planning travel routes. Marathon'ing tv shows/movies. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Origins Cabernet Franc 2012. Rosewood isn't a typical winery, this isn't a typical Cab Franc. No more hints - come in and see for yourself! Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: Ristorante La Brace in Cefalu, Sicily, Italy. Tiny, family owned, with homecooked everything. We had mushrooms, polpetta, salsiccia, rabbit, lamb, swordfish, and the banana dessert that had special directions with it...I literally still dream about it all. Sorry, gotta go book that flight now... Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Water. Or espresso after espresso. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: James Brown. Might be a bit difficult now...but once I get that time machine built worlds will collide.

Ryan McKibbon Vineyard Manager

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: Once upon a time, I got my first job in the industry, working for Ross Wise. Since then, I continue leaving and he continues to offer me more jobs. I think Rosewood presents his best chance of keeping me around. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be ... A: Whatever the mood or occasion is in need of. Q: On a day off I can be found ... A: Romping around in the backcountry with my two favourite girls (One of them is a dog) Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is ... A: I don’t like to play favourites, but if pressed, 2013 Locked and Loaded. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: That statement usually begins with, “When I was in Montreal…” Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Coffee. Or water, because I’m so dehydrated from all the wine and coffee. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: Hey Rosetta!

Nick Lastiwka Student Intern

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? 
A: My uncle actually knows Eugene Roman, so he introduced me to the people there and I started in the vineyard because of my past experience on my family farm. I left for a year but came back because who wouldn’t, Rosewood is a great time.   Q: If I were a wine, I'd be… A: A beautifully aged Viognier, this is because it’s the best wine I’ve ever had, subtly awesome. Q: On my days off, you could find me ... A: Writing papers for school, tinkering with my motorcycle, on a long bike ride around Niagara, hiking with my dog or checking out the St. Catherines scene with my friends. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Tricky… either the 2012 Select Merlot or the 2011 Chardonnay Reserve, both are perfection.   Q: My most memorable meal was… A: I’m not very picky and haven’t been to too many good places on my college budget so I’d have to say that every family Christmas dinner made by my Baba (Grandma) is the best dinner I could ask for. Q: When not drinking wine, I am drinking. A: I do love my micro breweries so that means really hoppy beers are right up my alley, or a really creamy wheat ale like Rickards White or Blue moon. 
Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard. A: Eminem hands down, I feel like he would be very entertaining character to listen to for 8 hours a day.  

Cubby SadoonLicensee Sales

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: I drove?! But in all seriousness, I approached Will in early 2016 after spending 5 years in the wine industry because I had heard about the future plans for Rosewood, and I had been following the winemaking team for a while. With the amazing repertoire of wine, mead and honey, how could I not join? Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: After spending a little time in Rioja in Spain, I’m a little biased, so I’d be torn between a crisp and acidic Albariño; 2011 Santiago Ruiz Albariño which was a gem and a fruit and spice-forward Tempranillo; Figuero Noble 2004 by Tinto Figuero which was perhaps the best tasting red wine I’ve experienced! Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: Relaxing in the backyard with a good book and my fiancée...plus her two dogs! I try to wind down after a hectic week of work by spending time with family, friends, and wine. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Our 2013 Lock, Stock and Barrel is a beautiful wine. The Merlot and Petit Verdot really shone through, delivering a ripen dark cherry and plum aromatic profile, but the palate exudes dark chocolate and Arabica bean coffee undertones, matched by baking spices. The numerous bottles I’ve purchased were 100% worth it! Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: I had the privilege of dining at Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy about 2 years ago, and I haven’t had anything similar since. Meeting the genius behind everything, Massimo Bottura, changed how I looked at food and really forced me to pay attention to pairings. I remember the second course of turbot with a white asparagus and hollandaise sauce, blew me away! Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Beer! I’m a big fan of stout’s and porter’s...the darker, the better! My choice in beer is still a work in progress, but I’ve found out it matches my choice in red wines...porter’s that feature an aggressive nose rooted in chocolate, but a palate that shows off coffee and black liquorice are my favourite. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: The Arkells! Always a fan-favourite, and I got the chance to see them live when I was with Jackson-Triggs a few years back. They put on a killer show, and who can argue with some good quality Canadian rock?!