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Meet Our Wineries: Rosehall Run

imgres-3Guest blog by Hannah Stein

In 2001, Winemaker and proprietor Dan Sullivan set the first Pinot Noir vines in the limestone-laced clay that would become the Rosehall Run Vineyards. Over the last 15 years, Rosehall Run has expanded to now include one of the largest wine processing facilities in the County, an underground barrel cellar blasted into the limestone, a spacious and modern concept Tasting Room, a grocer area offering unique locally produced gourmet foods and an outdoor performance tent, featuring seasonal professional theatre and a blues festival. The impressive portfolio of wines that Dan produces continues to offer an exceptional quality to value proposition, exemplifying some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay being produced in the country today. Joining the lineup for 2016, is the highly anticipated methode traditionelle Estate-Grown, multi-vintage CEREMONY, “a well-balanced, rich and flavourful sparkling chardonnay” as described by Master Sommelier John Szabo at an Ontario wine tasting.

We spoke to Dan Sullivan, winemaker & owner of Rosehall Run, about all his winery has to offer…

What sets your winery apart from others?

When talking about the best of Rosehall Run, it is first and foremost about the wine, followed closely by our knowledgeable staff, the friendly people from the vineyard to the tasting room.

We offer a set of unique tasting and drinking experiences that run the gamut from our signature JCR Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to our fun, fizzy, flamingo-coloured Pixie sparkling wine.

Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?

I like to think of our wines as offering a unique personality that sets them apart, but as with many things taken with that which is the newest. With that in mind, our new method champenoise sparkling wine called Ceremony, made from our Hillier grown Chardonnay, is my muse for the upcoming summer of love. Stop by for a splash and see for yourselves!

What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?

We look forward to having PICNIC food truck back again this summer at Rosehall Run, dishing up super tasty and healthy food that can be enjoyed with a glass of wine overlooking the vineyards from our deck or lawn.

Add some ZEST to our run!

Ms Pinot and Ms Rose show our runners the true spirit of the Terroir Run!

Ms Pinot and Ms Rose show our runners the true spirit of the Terroir Run!

We’re super excited to announce that our good friends at Zest Kitchen Shop have generously donated a prize to reward the runner with the best costume at our 2014 run! While we’ve had a few creative and courageous runners get into the costume spirit in the past (we’re looking at your Karin D and Petra KM) we’re encouraging ALL of our runners to add some ZEST to our run and come in costume this year.

Zest Kitchen Shop will be providing the winner of the ZEST costume award an awesome summer picnic basket. Inside the wicker picnic basket (that has an insulated/zipped waterproof lining to keep food inside warm or cool) the winner will find: two durable/reusable Ecologie plates (made of crushed bamboo and rice husks), two break resistant, BPA-free wine glasses, two sunflower drink covers from Charles Viancin that seal tightly on your glass to keep little critters like fruit flies out of your drink (works on all smooth rims including plastic), a marble cheese knife, double lever corkscrew, pack of 20 napkins and a hibiscus wine stopper. Our crew at the Terroir Run will top up the basket with a bottle of PEC #VQA wine and some delicious cheese from Black River Cheese Company.

Everything our ZEST costume winner gets to celebrate their success!

Everything our ZEST costume winner gets to celebrate their success!


So get ready to go on a perfect PEC post run with your Zest Kitchen prize for the runner with ZEST!

What’s going on at the Grange…

Maggie Belcastro & Andrew Mackenzie

Last year our runners were graced with not only a water station at the end of The Grange’s winery driveway but with the beautiful smile of one of Ontario’s burgeoning sommelier’s; Maggie Belcastro.

We asked Maggie what the family run winery was up to in 2012:

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