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.
At Rosewood our viticulture & winemaking philosophy is very simple – Earth to Bottle.
As farmers of flavours everything we do in the vineyard is in pursuit of great flavour, concentration and balance in the grapes grown. At the same time, we want to ensure we are looking after our little piece of the world. We want our impact on the natural environment and our surroundings to be negligible. This viticulture philosophy leads us to tend to our vines by hand to achieve optimal soil health and vine balance. We use an integrated pest management program, and we move away from or limit chemical inputs wherever possible to protect our vineyard biodiversity, our bees, our neighbours and community.
In the cellar, our philosophy is to do everything we can to allow the flavours of each individual vineyard block show through. Our two estate vineyards are unique to us, and we want to capture the flavours of these vineyards to project their uniqueness through the wines. To achieve this we take a hands off approach in the winery. We practice gentle processing, indigenous yeast (wild) when possible, careful use of oak, and minimal manipulation of the wine. We use a combination of modern technology and traditional old world techniques to help us handcraft premium wines that reflect the terroir.
Sustainable beekeeping has been at the core of the Roman family for three generations. Today this tradition is kept alive by continuing to incorporate innovative and sustainable practices to maintain healthy and productive hives. An multi-tiered IPM strategy is employed to help reduce the impact of natural pests and mites, while specific site selection helps ensure optimal nectar flow. Keeping our bees happy and healthy is our top priority.
Our approach to viticulture, winemaking and beekeeping guides us in our day-to-day operations. At every step, we remember our goal of bottling a product that is unique to Rosewood, and reflective of where it was grown. Through precise and sustainable farming and thoughtful winemaking techniques, we are able to craft distinctive wines that are highly aromatic, full of flavour, intensely concentrated and finely balanced.
Honest low-intervention wine. Innovative mead. Local honey.