Strewn, a Niagara winery that was a fruit cannery, has been producing a selection of fine wines since 1997. The winery has 10 acres of vineyards and orchards right near Four Mile Creek in Niagara-on-the-lake. Wine-lovers have a choice of sampling exquisite wines at the tasting bars, attending a chef-led recreational cooking class, or pairing your favourite glass of Strewn Bordeaux or Chardonnay with selections from their menu, surrounded by greenery.
The Niagara winery that was a fruit cannery boasts one of the best affordable Gewurztraminer wines
Strewn Winery’s 2019 Two Vines Riesling Gewurztraminer has a strong floral aroma and tastes of apricot and peach with slight overtones of honey. Gewurztraminer fruit grows well in cold climates and typically acquires a higher sugar content when it ripens. This wine is a blend of Gewurztraminer and Riesling and is aged in stainless steel barrels, so it’s naturally sweet and somewhat citrus-like at the same time. It’s incredibly affordable at $13.95.
Learn food pairings on-site at Strewn Winery’s cooking school
Jane Langdon, the founder of Strewn’s Wine Country Cooking, combines VQA wines from Strewn Winery with fresh, locally-inspired menus. The cooking school kitchen can hold up to 32 cooks at once and is outfitted with 3 fridges, 2 ovens, 4 work tables, and 4 gas stovetops. After cooking for the length of a class with Jane, participants sit down to enjoy their meal together with some of Strewn Winery’s premium wine.
Niagara wine-making has replaced fruit farming and canning
As a Niagara winery that was a fruit cannery, Strewn Winery was built on the site of the Niagara Canning Company which operated until the 1940s. The remains of the canning buildings are still visible at the Strewn winery location.
Strewn Winery enjoys a location with an extended growing season, due to its proximity to both the Niagara River and Lake Ontario which give it extra warmth.
Strewn Winery won 7 awards at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards
The winery is best known for its different Chardonnays aged in different specialty barreling, and its Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Blanc. Several prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards were awarded to Strewn in 2020, including:
- Strewn Cabernet Franc 2017 – Bronze
- Strewn Distinctive Small Lot Canadian Oak Meritage 2017 – Bronze
- Strewn Distinctive Small Lot Divergent Gewurztraminer 2018 – Bronze
- Strewn Distinctive Small Lot Sandy Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – Commended
- Strewn Riesling 2018 – Bronze
- Strewn Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Bronze
- Strewn Terroir Strewn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Bronze