In his quest to explore terroir, Moray Tawse leaves no stone unturned. First came his namesake winery in Vineland, ON. Then it was Marchand-Tawse and Domaine Tawse in Burgundy. And now, his latest project, Redstone Winery, in Beamsville, ON.
Moray purchased the Lincoln Lakeshore property, formerly Thomas and Vaughan Estate Winery, in 2009, citing that it was an opportunity to explore a different terroir that he simply couldn’t pass up. Inspired by the red dust which covered everything, including his boots, the first time he strolled the vineyard, he named the new winery Redstone, for its intensely red clay soil and large stones.
The 38-acre estate vineyard, farmed organically and biodynamically, is perfect for maturing late-ripening varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. There is also Pinot Gris on the property. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay from recently acquired Limestone vineyard will round out the estate portfolio.
After working 8 vintages as part of the award-winning winemaking team at Tawse, Rene Van Ede has assumed the primary winemaking duties at Redstone, with guidance from acclaimed winemaker Paul Pender, acting in a consulting role. While the winemaking follows the tradition of excellence established at Tawse, the terroir shines through the Redstone estate wines which are bold and full of character.