Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery is an award winning boutique winery located on the Beamsville Bench. Family owned and operated, Rosewood is proud to produce 100% VQA Ontario wines and the first honey wines in Niagara.
Renata and Eugene Roman purchased 40 acres of land in
2000 on the the Beamsville Bench.
Their goal was to start a small-batch artisan winery and meadery. As they
love roses and have wonderful woods on the property the winery was
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.
Rosewood is not just a meadery, they are also known for their quality wines he first vineyard to be established, started in 2003, was the 10-acre Renaceau Vineyard on the Beamsville Bench. This site has deep clay soils with shale, sandstone and dolomitic limestone components from the bedrock also present. Breezes coming off Lake Ontario to the North help to moderate the heat and keep humidity in check during the hottest days of summer. The slope of the vineyard ensures high sunlight hours and good heat accumulation, and leads to well ripened and mature grapes every vintage. The original varietals chosen for this site included Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, and more recent additions include Gamay Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The Renaceau Vineyard is also the site of the winery, tasting room and apiary.
Planted in 2008, the 21st Street Vineyard is located on the Twenty Mile Bench above the town of Jordan. The soils for this 20-acre vineyard are made up of shallow limestone rich clay and shale, with a bed of solid dolomitic limestone beneath. The long gentle slopes allow for good water drainage, and also extended sunlight exposure in the summer. The 21st Street vineyard is slightly cooler than the Renaceau Vineyard, due to its higher elevation on the escarpment and its greater exposure to temperature moderating breezes.
Bee tours are available.
Beekeeping is very important not only to Niagara’s local environment, but Rosewood and the Roman family too. The Roman’s have over 85 years, 3 generations worth, of beekeeping experience, and today keep hundreds of beehives scattered across the Niagara Escarpment & Greenbelt. Rosewood manages 250-300 beehives.
Rosewoods mission statement: Our focus is simple. Craft honest low-intervention wine, innovative mead, and local honey that reflect their individuality as artifacts of the Niagara Region. By capturing the expression of each vintage, we allow the wine to tell its own story.
The vineyards and apiaries are managed using sustainable farming techniques. Utilizing modern technology with extensive hand-tending of vines and integrated pest management (IPM) systems to promote sustainable farm lands and health crops each season. Eugene and his son William work with winemaker Ryan Corrigan in the continued pursuit of this dream.
The grounds are amazing and absolutley worth a visit. The new tasting room and patio has a view over rows of vines to Lake Ontario, and on clear days you can see right across to Toronto.
From honey to grape wines Rosewood has it all!