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Visiting Strewn

Situated just outside the historic Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Strewn offers a wonderful selection of wine and culinary experiences - all at one stop!

The property has roots in the community that go back nearly 70 years when it was home to the Niagara Canning Company. Started to provide local farmers with a means of processing their fruits and vegetables, the cannery employed more than 200 people during its heyday in the 1940s. As eating habits changed and imported fresh foods became more readily available in the 1960s, the cannery closed down and used as a warehouse.

In 1997, the original buildings were extensively rebuilt to create the visitor centre at Strewn. Today, we are thrilled to have a unique Niagara destination that showcases wine, one of the most important local products, along with Niagara cuisine. The 10-acre property contains a vineyard set beside neighbouring peach orchards, with grapes planted on the flat portion and on the slope down to Four Mile Creek.

The Winery

Strewn is open year round and visitors can taste wines (most only available at the winery) in our attractive Tasting Room, which is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Main Tasting Bar offers a selection of our more 'approachable' wines while the Terroir Bar features Tasting Flights, limited edition and pre-release wines, and a monthly wine & food pairing.

As well as offering quality wines to enjoy on their own or in their natural place at your dinner table, Strewn offers an authentic array of experiences to engage your senses and increase your wine knowledge. These include educational seminars on select grape varieties, conducted tasting sessions, special hands-on events and Winemaker's Dinners. Check our Events page for details of upcoming activities.

Strewn Barrel Club

Become a member of the Strewn Barrel Club and own your own French oak or American oak barrel. You purchase a brand new oak barrel and we use it to ferment and age wine (you'll always know which is yours because it has your name on it).

In return, you and your friends will be invited to special Barrel Club events and tastings, and you will be able to select wine to take home to enjoy (amount differs with whether an American and French Oak barrel is purchased). After that you can take the empty barrel home with you or leave it with us and receive another wine allotment. Who can resist the bragging rights that go along with serving wine from your own barrel! Click here for details.

Check out the Strewn Wine Store with its selection of wine and lifestyle products. It's the perfect place to pick up wine for your cellar or your wine rack as well as wine accessories and the regularly changing "Strewn Collection" of exclusive gift items.

The Wine Country Cooking School

Whether you are raising a glass with winemaker Joe Will or enjoying a class with his wife Jane Langdon, proprietor of the Wine Country Cooking School, each experience at Strewn highlights the exquisite relationship between food and wine.

The Wine Country Cooking School is a real cooking school located within the visitor centre at Strewn. Aimed at "recreational cooks", the classes are completely hands-on (except for the clean up!) and take place in the beautiful teaching kitchen or at the grills on its adjacent patio beside the herb garden.

The School's 'wine country' menus emphasize seasonal, local products and food & wine matching. All the recipes have been developed specifically for recreational cooks to make again and again at home.

Register for a day class, a two-day weekend or indulge in one of our five-day Culinary Vacations offered between June and September.

The Restaurant Terroir La Cachette

To add to this rich palette blending the best of wine and food, Strewn is also host to Terroir La Cachette. The restaurant's menu brings the flavours of the Niagara region to your palate both on the plate and in the glass. Owner and Executive Chef Alain Levesque combines a Provencal inspired approach to cooking with seasonal local ingredients.

The warm and inviting dining room overlooks Four Mile Creek and the seasonal patio has a fine view of the vineyard. It's casual fine dining that is equally welcoming to someone on a winery bicycle tour and someone going to the theatre.

The restaurant offers both lunch and dinner although hours vary with the season. From mid-May until November, Terroir La Cachette is open every day and is closed Mondays & Tuesdays over the winter and early spring. For more information on the restaurant's special events and seasonal menus, click here.

At Strewn Terroir is a concept best experienced first hand!