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April 22, 2021 | The Roost Winery

The Roost Winery launches its Small Batch Series

Small Batch Series Wines

Introducing the Small Batch Series

Small batches of grapes allow a winemaker to tinker, play and get creative. This series is the result of that. All wines are fermented with wild yeast, are unfiltered, hand bottled, and have minimal sulphites. They’re made in such small quantities we hand-write every label.

Gamay Rosé - The winemaker’s pick of the 2020 vintage: super-rare Georgian Bay Gamay, light blush colour, intriguing nose of saffron, green pepper, cut hay, boxwood, subtle plum notes and lots of evidence of intensive lees contact.

Pet Nat - Fresh, floral, naturally sparkling Siegerrebe from The Roost back vineyard. On the nose you’ll find muscat, lemon, grapefruit, orange, and hawthorn flowers.

Orange Wine - A new style this year, a white wine that is partly fermented on its skins and stems for funky, off-beat flavours and an orange hue. Like an interesting dinner guest, this delightfully complex wine is impertinent and charming at the same time.

All three are available to buy online today for Ontario-wide delivery or curbside pick up on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Time Posted: Apr 22, 2021 at 4:07 PM
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April 16, 2021 | The Roost Winery

Coming Soon - Small Batch Series

Roost Small Batch Wine Bottles

Coming soon... a new small-batch wine series. Creatively crafted here in the Blue Mountains, natural ferments, unfiltered, hand-bottled. Featuring small quantities of unique fruit from across our region, the return of a favourite style from last year, and a type of wine we've never tried before.

Look out for details to come next week.

Time Posted: Apr 16, 2021 at 8:24 AM
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June 2, 2020 | The Roost Winery

Covid-19 Update- Curbside Pickup now available!

We are Open for Curbside Pickup

We are excited to be taking the first step towards opening the Tasting Room by offering Curbside Pickup.

Current Curbside Pickup hours are Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11am-5pm. Just choose the Pickup option during checkout and honk your horn when you arrive.

 

Shipping is Free

We'continue to offer Free Shipping on all website orders of 12 bottles or more. Thank you to everyone who has ordered already.

With the tasting room closed indefinitely, your online orders provide an essential lifeline to a small winery and allow you to keep stocked with minimal social contact. 

Orders are packed adhering to strict sanitary procedures
Doorstep deliveries - either by The Roost or selected couriers - are conducted following procedures to minimize contact

 

Cases are 10% off

Panic buying is permitted: buy 12 bottles or more and we'll take 10% off the price.
You can mix and match, but we understand if you just want your favourite.
Qualifying bottles are listed under the Case Discount section of our Shop. Unfortunately we can't include premium bottles or anything sold in the LCBO (they don't like being under-cut).

 

Opening is Delayed

As soon as it's safe to do so we're determined to have the tasting room, patio, and views across the valley back up and running.

We also have an exciting new wine series we can't wait to share with you. 

We wish all the best to you and those close to you. We'll see you on the other side. 

Michael and Jessica

Time Posted: Jun 2, 2020 at 6:12 AM
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March 25, 2020 | The Roost Winery

3 Things to Know from The Roost - Covid 19

Shipping is Free

We've joined wineries across Ontario in offering Free Shipping on all website orders of 6 bottles or more. Thank you to everyone who has ordered already.

With the tasting room closed indefinitely, your online orders provide an essential lifeline to a small winery and allow you to keep stocked with minimal social contact. 

  • Orders are packed adhering to strict sanitary procedures
  • Doorstep deliveries - either by The Roost or selected couriers - are conducted following procedures to minimize contact
  • The Roost is operating with minimal staff - only Mike and Jess are on site 

Cases are 10% off


Panic buying is permitted: buy 12 bottles or more and we'll take 10% off the price.
You can mix and match, but we understand if you just want your favourite.
Qualifying bottles are listed on this page. Unfortunately we can't include premium bottles or anything sold in the LCBO (they don't like being under-cut).

Opening is Delayed

This is obvious, but our May opening and events leading up to it are very likely to be delayed. As soon as it's safe to do so we're determined to have the tasting room, patio, and views across the valley back up and running.

The 2019 vintage is ready to bottle and tasting fantastic (even if the winemaker won't admit it). And there's an exciting new wine series we can't wait to share with you. 


We wish all the best to you and those close to you. We'll see you on the other side. 

Michael and Jessica

Time Posted: Mar 25, 2020 at 6:14 AM
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February 10, 2020 | The Roost Winery

Group Bookings for 2020 Now Live

The Roost is pleased to open booking for our group tasting packages for 2020. Our group packages in the private tasting area at The Roost are super-popular and a great way to celebrate a special occasion at the winery. 

You can see full details and live booking on the Groups section of our website. 

Charcuterie board

 

Time Posted: Feb 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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July 14, 2019 | The Roost Winery

Roost Wines Win at International Sparkling Competition

We're delighted to share that The Roost's 2017 Sparkling Rosé and 2017 Sparkling Red both received Bronze at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships!⁣

No, it wasn't silver or gold. But as a small, new winery in an unknown region we're pretty proud to have been recognised in such a prestigious competition. The CSWWC features the best international sparkling wines and champagnes in the world, so for us to receive a nod from the judges in the form of a bronze score is pretty remarkable. ⁣

Of particular pride is the Silk Purse Sparkling Red, made with 100% Georgian Bay grapes and in the traditional method. Plus these were the first two sparkling wines made by The Roost, and winemaker Jessica. ⁣

Our 2018 Sparkling Rosé and the Sparkling Red are both available to buy in the tasting room and on our website. ⁣

 

2017 Sparkling Rosé and 2017 Sparkling Red

Time Posted: Jul 14, 2019 at 11:17 AM
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April 30, 2019 | The Roost Winery

The Big 'O'

Grapes

 

One question we often receive in the tasting is about organic certification. “Are you certified organic?”

When the answer is “No,” the conversation tends to revolve around: “Why not?” 

While the reasons are complex, we can sum it up best like this:

Grapes are a perennial crop. That means the same plant produces a grape crop year after year. We don’t rip them out and replant every spring like farmers do with lettuce or carrots. A grapevine can keep producing grapes for decades and, in rare cases, even a century or more. 

Once a vine is planted, it takes 3-4 years before it even produces a crop we can use. That’s a long time, and a lot of hard work and financial investment. And to keep our vineyard healthy we lavish it with a plenty of fertilizer and natural preventative care. We generally choose organic fungicides and don’t regularly use herbicides and insecticides on our vines. Our vineyard is fed throughout the season with trace minerals, composted manure, and other healthy soil builders.

Now imagine if, despite all of your best efforts using natural growing methods, those vines you’ve invested a lot of time and effort into become sick. Nothing in your organic arsenal will help, and the crop, and even the plants themselves are at risk. Would you turn to conventional care in this instance, if it could save your vineyard?

We would, and we do. And hopefully if the balance is right we have to use conventional methods only rarely, when it’s really required. One day we hope we won’t have to use them at all, but until then we have to say, “No, we’re not certified organic, but we farm sustainably, for us, for our community, and for our future. Part of sustainability on our farm is choosing organic methods whenever we can, and conventional methods only when they’re really needed.”

 

Time Posted: Apr 30, 2019 at 7:14 AM
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June 4, 2018 | The Roost Winery

Review: A Weekend in Grey County, Ontario by Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington in Travel and Style

The Roost was recently visiting by Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington as part of her tour around Grey County. You can read her full write up at this link including some great photos and other ideas for what to include on a visit to Grey County. Thanks Jennifer!

 

Time Posted: Jun 4, 2018 at 12:32 PM
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April 23, 2018 | The Roost Winery

Review: Viticulture Meets Vision article in Escarpment Magazine

The Roost is delighted to have a 5-page feature in Escarpment Magazine this Spring. You can read the full article at this link: Viticulture Meets Vision.

The Roost in Escarpment Magazine

Time Posted: Apr 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
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April 3, 2018 | The Roost Winery

Roost Wines win at International Competition

Four wines entered - four medals won. The Roost Wine Company is thrilled to announce that our 2016 wines Frontenac Blanc, Marquette, Rose and L’Acadie brought home a gold and three bronze medals respectively, at the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition held on the 24th and 25th March 2017. The competition has a focus on cold-climate wines and had entrants from 18 countries.  Wines were judged blind on their own merits - presence, balance and varietal character - by a panel of international judges. 

The 2016 vintage was the first produced at The Roost, which opened its tasting room in July 2017. The Gold-winning Frontenac Blanc was the only wine in its category to win the top medal, a notable achievement for a wine exclusively grown and made in the relatively new grape growing region of Southern Georgian Bay. The 2016 Rose is available online and will be back in The Roost tasting room when it re-opens for the summer season in May, alongside the new vintages of Frontenac Blanc, Marquette and L’Acadie. 

Award Winning Roost Wines

Time Posted: Apr 3, 2018 at 10:48 AM
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