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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

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. I’ve always admired Rosewood’s philosophy for the pursuit of honesty and authenticity in wine. 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. Down with formal celebrations or potato chips and a movie. 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: It’s a tough choice, but I love working with the Renaceau vineyard Riesling and Cabernet Franc. The more we learn about those wines, the more excited I am to see what the next vintage has in store. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: I’ve been fortunate enough in this industry to be exposed to some truly amazing food and wine experiences. During 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 Burgundian cuisine and conversation with passionate friends from around the world was something I’ll never forget. 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: The Tragically Hip

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

Kyle Bruce Licensee Sales

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: After moving back to niagara to grow some roots near family, I walked into the tasting room, felt the energy, the warm welcome, and found an amazing group of like minded folks.... I didn't want to leave. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Just getting to the drinkable stage Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: In the summer, on the golf course, in the winter, cheering on my Bills, go go Buffalo!! Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Without giving too much away there's a special Riesling in the works...wow...I also love the depth and complexity of the Cab Franc. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: Through my travels I have been often spoiled, but I have to say, on a holiday with Dad, we had banana pancakes paired with a vertical of one of my favourite chards, not a bad way to start the day! Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Beer during the day, a negroni before dinner, then something of the whiskey variety, and if it's old enough to order its own, even better. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: Although he can no longer ride in with the King, Eric Clapton would be a treat. I wouldn't be upset about ZZ Top doing a little Texas two step either.

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.

Devin Campbell Assistant Winemaker

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: While in school, my Co-Op coordinator asked me what wineries I would be interested in working at. Being new to the area and the industry I wasn’t really certain but I was able to describe the KIND of place I was looking for. I was looking for good food, good drink, and above all else, good people. She told me I had better check out Rosewood. I did, and in the spring of 2015 I joined the Rosewood family as an intern. After my internship ended I was lucky enough to be kept on and now, two years later, I’m still here as their assistant winemaker and couldn’t be happier. If I were a wine I’d be… Something unfiltered. Q: On a day off I can be found ... A: Enjoying my morning, having a leisurely coffee at home, gardening, playing video games , reading or watching tv (I love sci-fi and fantasy). Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is ... A: Our Cabernet Franc. I believe the Niagara region is capable of producing some truly awesome Cab Franc and our vineyard located right in front of the winery has yet to disappoint. We get some spectacular fruit from that block. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: Harvest party, 2016. We roasted a 200lb pig. It came to us in two halves for some reason and a few of us spent an evening drinking scotch and stitching the thing back together with wire. We dubbed it “Luke Cage, the pig with impenetrable skin.” That meal was also memorable for its duration, in true Rosewood fashion there was enough food to feed an army and I ate nothing but pork for the next week or so. Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Beer. My younger brother is studying to be a brewmaster, he teaches me about beer and I teach him about wine. It takes a lot of dedicated research but we manage. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: I’d have to say Great Big Sea, one of my favourite bands. I think it would be one heck of a party

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 a day off I can be found ... 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.  

Joey (Josephine)

Hi! I’m Josephine, but you can call me Joey or JoJo. I’m a Yellow Lab and I belong to Devin Campbell, the Assistant Winemaker at Rosewood. I love going to work and getting to meet so many people! I'm very friendly and always want to be the centre of attention. Come on in to Rosewood and play with me. Oh! and I suppose you should try the wine too..