Since our beginning 18 years ago, Strewn has been committed – and inspired by – the expression of Terroir. This “sense of place” is reflected in our wine and the menus at the recreational cooking school and onsite restaurant.
As a destination, Strewn is unique. At the heart are our award-winning VQA wines, crafted to enhance the dining experience or enjoyed on their own. Discover our passion through our regular tastings, wine-education seminars, special events and hands-on winery activities. Visit our wine store to purchase Strewn Wines for enjoyment later.
Central to our philosophy at Strewn is the belief that all great wine starts in the vineyard and we work with nature to produce the best wine possible. We are commited to producing premium wines made from grapes grown in the Niagara Peninsula.
What is Terroir?
Terroir is an expression of a sense of place. It is the unique aspects of vineyards: the soil, sunlight, the breeze that keeps grapes dry, a moderating lake-side climate, low-yields, quality, and the influence of passionate winemakers.
In 2011, winemaker Marc Bradshaw joined the Strewn team. Originally from Queensland, Australia, Marc’s background includes a wine-related PhD and hands-on experience in South Africa, France, Germany, Australia and Canada. Marc has been a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake for the past decade. He takes a very taste-driven approach to winemaking and what he loves best is “the different opportunities and challenges we face each year in making great wines”.
Strewn’s winemaking style – with its dedication to expressing the best Niagara’s terroir has to offer – is best described as elegantly crafted wines to be enjoyed on their own or in their natural place at your dinner table.
The Strewn “style” emphasizes the flavours the grapes bring to the wine, supported by the aromas and tastes that develop through wine making. Our wines are made more in the classic European style than the soft fruit driven style from some new world wine regions. Strewn wines have tannin and acidity, which produce the refreshing quality that makes a wine a great accompaniment for food.
“Noble” Vinifera Grape Varieties
At Strewn, we focus on a limited number of classic grape varieties that have been revered in winemaking for centuries. Our red wines are made from three traditional grapes of the Bordeaux region of France: Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our whites wines come from Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc grapes. In addition, we grow Vidal, a French hybrid grape for one of our Icewines and Select Late Harvest. We also created the Niagara region’s first barrel fermented Riesling Icewine, which has become an international award winner.
We look to retain the quality of the grapes while we develop the character of each wine. We also recognize “vintage variation” – differing weather each year – results in a different wine. Red wines vary more year to year than white wines. In hot dry years we make more intense, deep, tannic reds that need time in the cellar to become smooth and enjoyable. In the cooler, wetter years the wines are lighter, smoother, fruitier and ready to drink sooner. We only make Strewn Three, our flagship red wine, in years where the grapes are of superior quality, and the proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot varies with the vintage.
In the Cellar
Our Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc varieties of wine are made only in stainless steel tanks to retain the flavours of the grape and reflect the terroir and vineyard management. With other varieties, we use Canadian, French and American oak barrels to add complexity and nuances of flavour. With reds, the barrel aging has a key role in smoothing the tannic grip from the young wines.
The Strewn Wine Collection
Strewn wines can be grouped into the following categories:
- Superior quality and unique wines that are in limited supply.
- Super-premium wines made from the highest quality grapes, and not necessarily made every year.
- Excellent wines that represent the greatest variety available to our customers.
- Sweet wines including Icewines.