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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 absolutely best wine possible. We believe in living the "good life" and savouring life's moments with family and friends. The perfect accompaniment to this lifestyle is enjoying fine wine and locally grown food.
What is Terroir?
Terroir is an expression of a sense of place, but it's more that that. It's the place itself and the traditions of the people there. Every growing season in the vineyard is reflected in each glass of wine. It is the unique aspects of place; the soil, sunlight, the breeze that keeps grapes dry, a moderating lake-side climate, low-yields, quality and the influence of passionate winemakers that all contribute and shape quality fruit and perfect each wine. Each single growing season in Strewn's vineyard is reflected in a quality wine elegantly expressed in each glass of "Terroir".
Joe Will has always had a passion for wine. An amateur winemaker since high school, Joe kept his passion alive while he worked in journalism, government and corporate public relations.
In 1989 he left the corporate world to further pursue the business that stirred his soul. After working for a year in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Joe headed to Australia's noted Roseworthy College at the University of Adelaide. Upon returning home Joe signed on as the first winemaker at Pillitteri Estates and five years later opened Strewn his own winery.
His commitment is "to make premium wines from grapes grown in the Niagara Peninsula that maximize the quality of the grape." What he loves best about winemaking is "the different challenges we face each year to make the absolute best wine possible."
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 crafted from three traditional grapes of the Bordeaux region of France: Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our whites wines come Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc. 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 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 five categories:
Collectors - superior quality and unique wines that are in limited supply.
Terroir - super-premium wines made from the highest quality grapes, and not necessarily made every year.
Premium - excellent wines that represent the greatest variety available to our customers.
TwoVines - introductory wines that have a broad appeal and are very affordable.
Dessert - sweet wines including Icewines.
For details on the full selection of Strewn Wines, including Tasting Notes and Suggested Food Pairings, click here.