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Erin

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 IvineyOffice 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 RomanGeneral 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 gracefully 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 with my partner Julia. The truffled pasta we shared was dreamy 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.

Kelsey

Q: How did you get to Rosewood?

A: After spending several years in the craft beer industry, I decided to take a step back from slinging pints and try my hand at something new. Growing up in Niagara, the wine industry had always been intriguing, but it wasn’t until an opportunity opened up at the farm, that I decided to make the jump. From worn in Blundstones, to plaid shirts and a love for vinyl, I had found my wonderland.

Q: If I were a wine, I'd be...

A: A textured white, full of complexity that is balanced by umami and a tart acidity. A Chardonnay from a cool climate region like Chablis, Coastal Oregon, or Southeastern Australia providing an atypical encounter one might describe as weird and offbeat.

Q: On a day off I can be found...

A: Soaking up the sun on a patio, hanging around a campfire with friends and family, or out for a run with Abigail, my slightly crazy, but oh so loveable dog

Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is...

A: The 2016 Sans Heir Sauvignon Blanc has a special place in my heart! The floral aroma, crisp grapefruit, and melon tones, and beautiful minerality make this wine quite unique and special.

Q: My most memorable meal was...

A: Oh jeez, this is a tough one! I’ve been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit and have had the opportunity to enjoy many delicious meals. One that sticks out though was a lasagna I had in a tiny restaurant in Florence a few years back. Simple and classic, but let me tell you, nothing beats fresh pasta, bechamel, and a tomato sauce that has been passed down for generations. I can picture it now!

Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking...

A: Craft beer (surprise!), a negroni, or a black coffee. Might I suggest a truffle infused negroni on your next adventure out, because I mean, when isn’t truffle anything a good choice??

Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard

A: Although Tash Sultana would be a close second, I would have to invite The Jungle Giants. It’s no secret around the farm that I love to dance…a lot. Whether it’s busting a move in the cellar when I think no one is around, or attempting to moonwalk out of the lunchroom, you can find me dancing to one of their songs on a regular basis.

Eugene RomanProprietor (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 RomanProprietor (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.

CharlieSnack Thief

Q: How did you get to Rosewood?

A: Coming soon

Q: If I were a wine, I'd be ....

A: Coming soon

Q: On a day off I can be found ....

A: Coming soon

Q: My favourite Rosewood wine is....

A: Coming soon

Q: My most memorable meal was ...

A: Coming soon

Q: When not drinking wine, Im drinking ...

A: Coming soon

Q: I'd invite this band/musician to play for us in the vineyard

A: Coming soon

ErinAssistant 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.