Here at Rockway vineyards we believe the wines are not made but grown. Each wine reflects the single vineyard of its origin, the soil, the meso-climate, and those who tend the vines. We take pride with each bottle, paying great attention to detail with minimal winemaking intervention.
The Rockway Vineyards is located on premium grape growing land in the Twenty-Mile bench sub appellation. The soils here are rich in minerals, mainly lacustrine silty clay, and we have great sun exposure and are not hidden from the shadows of the bench forest. Our vines also benefit from the lake breeze circulations, which balance the temperatures and ensure steady warming in the spring, and gradual cooling in the fall. We choose varietals best suited and expressive of their unique place of origin with an emphasis on Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. We also have a very small planting of Gewurztraminer, Vidal and Pinot Gris.
While we produce most of our wines from our estate vineyard we also work with passionate quality-minded local growers in the Niagara region to expand our portfolio of terroir-driven wines.
Winemaker Simone brings a wealth of global experience to Rockway Vineyards. Her philosophy is to care for the grape on the vine and maintain, as much as possible, a hands-off and minimal intervention approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of the terroir.
Our goal is to deliver a pure expression of the varietal and vineyard character, while respecting vintage variation in every wine that we produce.