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Whos we bee

Ryan

Gabi

William

Matt

Eugene

RENATA

Ozzie

Kyle

Erin

Emily

Barret

Emily

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.

Honest wine. Innovative mead. Local honey.

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

William Roman General Manager

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: I've kept bees alongside my father and grandmother my entire life before Rosewood began, and learned very early on how amazing and capable they are. My interest and love of beekeeping (and wine) grew as I went to business school at McMaster and naturally began spending more time at the farm before opening our doors to the public. Once the family business opened fully it was a natural progress to join the team, go to wine school locally at Niagara College, and now over 10 years later, the rest is history. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: A Right Bank Bordeaux – approachable in its youth, with precision and tension then hopefully smoothing out graceful with age. Q: On a day off I can be found.... A: Hanging out with family & friends, checking out a new restaurant with my partner, in the kitchen dancing, at the movies or practicing my terrible golf swing. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: 2016 Nebulous - the first pet-nat we made with Rye. It was a serious game changer for us in terms of brand direction, showing us how much we have to learn about this industry and all fermented things. Old Smokey, our unintentionally happy accident is a close second as it was a test of patience and showed us to never give up on anything. Notorious PTG is up there too. 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 something out-of-this-world and nothing has rivalled it since. Completely unforgettable. Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Coffee, Manhattans, Dry Sherry. Order will vary. 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. It'd be perfect among the vines.

Matt Finn Hospitality Manager

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: Through a series of jobs in, around, and related to the Niagara wine industry over the past decade, I was always familiar with Rosewood and their wines. A conversation with William and Ryan convinced me that we shared a similar taste in wine and philosophy of hospitality, and hearing about the plans for the property sealed the deal and made me want to jump in and join the team. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Loire Valley Chenin Blanc - versatile, curious, transparent, and unexpected. Like me, it can be casual and funky or serious and contemplative, and those who like it, like it a whole lot Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: Trying out new recipes and pulling corks with my girlfriend/partner in crime, hiking around Niagara with my dogs, studying for my Advanced Sommelier diploma, or on my yoga mat. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Any variation on Gamay - rose, single varietal, or as a component in Notorious PTG. Such an exciting grape that grows so well in Niagara, super expressive, endlessly drinkable and a natural fit with food on the table. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: Eating my way through Northern California in 2013. Everything from Michelin starred restaurants to roadside taco carts to marathon seafood feasts by the ocean, and always staying on the lookout for new coffee shops and bars to start and finish the day at. Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Black coffee, sour beers, Mexican Coke, any variety of Amaro. Never met a Negroni I didn’t like. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: LCD Soundsystem would be a pretty epic party in the new cellar space, plus they’re known for having great taste in wine and it would be fun to pour some Rosewood juice for them.

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. 

OzzieSnack Thief

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: One day Gabi brought me into work - I found a team eagerly leaving unprotected lunches and thought I'd help myself. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: A dry Mosel Riesling - a bit mysterious, layered and playful in its youth, growing progressively complex and thought provoking with age. Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: On my spot, on the couch at home. My fav. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Whatever has been split. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: The most recent one. Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Water, but spilt beer is a second favourite. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: Smash Mouth, Gabi's music has rubbed off on me.

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.

Erin Assistant Winemaker

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: I’ve just recently moved back to Niagara after harvest-hopping for quite some time. I am looking to start setting roots and really grow within a winery. The warm welcome, like minded individuals and philosophies are what drew me to Rosewood. Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: BUBBLES! Because I’m an Ideal guest at any occasion. Q: On a day off I can be found .... A: Riding around on my scooter, soaking up the outdoors, or playing with my cat Coco. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Rosé all day. Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: This is quite difficult to answer, as I have been fortunate enough to travel and experience serveral different types of cuisines at some of the best restaurants. Not to mention I’m dating a chef! But if I had to pick it would be The Star of Greece, in Port Willunga South Australia. Located right on the beach I overlooked the sunset as I sipped on my very first sparkling Shiraz and indulged in a 3 course meal. The real winner was the chargrilled wagyu beef fillet w beetroot, leek, green beans, duck fat kipfler potato, jus! Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: Coffee. Beer. Water. In that order. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: I’m pretty much a fan of all kinds of music but I’ve recently renewed my love for Jack Johnson. No matter the weather, the mood, or the environment, he just gives you those feel good vibes and that’s what I’m about.

Emily Owens Wine Club & Assistant Hospitality Manager

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: My road to Rosewood was a long and winding one. With an Undergrad in Geography from Laurier, years of experience working in restaurants both in B.C and Ontario, extensive hospitality and customer service, wine education, world travel and a passion for all things food, wine and bees, I’ve found myself at Rosewood with a team of like minded, passionate and innovative individuals who love what they do! #dreamjob Q: If I were a wine, I'd be .... A: Gamay; lighthearted, easy going and a little funky. Pairs perfectly with food and friends or is happy just on its own! Q: On a day off I can be found ... A: Usually with my dog Gary or on some type of food and wine adventure Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is ... A: Gamay: ‘Night Moves’ for reds and the Sans Heir Sauvignon Blanc for whites Q: My most memorable meal was ... A: That’s a hard one, food for me is always memorable. But I’d have to say that my food adventures in Montreal have never disappointed me. Joe Beef, L’Express and Maison Publique are some that come to mind quickly! Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ... A: A margarita or an old fashion for sure Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard A: War on Drugs. Now that would be a vineyard party!

Barret Mead Ops

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: After moving to St. Catherines to attend the Brewmaster program at Niagara College, my brother introduced me to Rosewood and its products. I really liked the innovative aspects of their mead program started in retail shortly after.   Q: If I were a wine, I'd be… A: Gewurztraminer, people either get it or they don’t. Q: On a day off I can be found ... A: Around my home, reading, brewing or working on other projects. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Locked and Loaded Red, it’s bold, and as approachable as it is complex.   Q: My most memorable meal was… A: My first properly cooked, medium-rare ribeye. Previously I didn’t understand what the big deal about steak was. Q: When not drinking wine, I am drinking. A: A fresh, citrusy IPA. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard. A: Credence Clearwater  

Joey (Josephine)

Q: How did you get to Rosewood? A: After moving to St. Catharines I was adopted by Ace and Devin. A few weeks later Devin brought me to Rosewood where I can run around, help greet guests and steal a few lunches.   Q: If I were a wine, I'd be… A: Prosecco – sweet and aggressively bubbly. Q: On a day off I can be found ... A: Sleep in late, sit in mum or dads lap while they drink coffee in the big brown chair. Go for a long walk or swimming. Practice my salsa dancing. And lots of naps. Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is.... A: Fresh Mead that’s fallen on the ground by a busy winemaking team. It’s delicious.   Q: My most memorable meal was… A: My first cheeseboard… I’ll never forget it. Q: When not drinking wine, I am drinking. A: Pond water. Lots of it. Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard. A: Barret (Devin’s brother) singing the songs he sings in the shower