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Taking time to explore the Beaver Valley should be on everyone’s “to-do” list. From hiking various trails and exploring waterfalls, to trying some culinary delicacies and supporting local business, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re looking for a new spot to check out, head on over to one of the Beaver Valley’s newest winery—tucked in the small hamlet of Redwing —The Roost.
The Roost is family-run business, owned and operated by Jessica and Michael Maish. After living in London, England for years, they wanted a bit of a change.
“So we travelled the world,” Michael says, “[we] came back here and decided this is where we wanted to come home to roost, so that’s where the name [The Roost] comes from.”
The property has been in Jessica’s family since the 1970s
and they planted the vines on the farm in 2013 and 2014,
after Jessica and Michael graduated from the Enology and Viticulture program at Washington State University.
As wineries have started to become more popular in this area, Michael says many people assume that the Beaver Valley is able to grow grapes due to climate change; but that’s not the case. The grapes grown at The Roost are cold climate grapes — ones that thrive during a colder, shorter season.
“Compared to somewhere like Niagara, we have about four weeks less in our season to get grapes ripe,” he says. “So that’s really the reason the wineries started to grow up here because these grapes have been proven to be good wine grapes.”
The Roost has created nine wines and they have been very popular with customers and in competitions.
“Last year we sold out of three of [our wines] by the end of the year,” Michael says, “and we entered four of our wines into the Finger Lake International Wine competition. We won medals on every single one of these, including gold for our Frontenac.”
Although The Roost is not certified organic,
Michael tries to use organic practices whenever possible.
“We like to let the wine express itself,” he says.
Perched at the top of a hill, the vineyard’s picturesque
barn is home to their tasting room and store front, but it hasn’t
always been on the property. It was originally built on a farm in the Vaughn area in 1876.
“It was taken apart beam by beam and brought backand put onsite here,” Michael says.
The inside of the barn is simple and elegant, with small details featuring the company’s branding. The Roost also has a spacious outdoor patio, with gorgeous views of the Beaver Valley. Whether you’re inside the barn or outside on the patio, it’s the perfect spot to spend time with friends and family enjoying a wine tasting paired with The Roost Plate, their own version of a cheese and charcuterie plate.
The winery is open from Wednesday to Sunday, starting at the beginning of May to the end of October. Tastings are available everyday during opening hours and only groups of 8 or more need to contact The Roost before they come to ensure there is room. As well, they have a free tour of the vineyard at 12:30 p.m., but as The Roost starts to move into the harvesting season, it’s best to contact them beforehand to make sure that the tour is running.
If you’re interested in learning more about The Roost and their wines, you can head to their website at www.roostwinery.com or by checking out their social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook — @theroostwineco.