Situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Tawse is a family-owned organic and biodynamic winery, voted Canada's Winery of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2016. Uniting traditional winemaking techniques with state-of-the-art technology, Tawse is dedicated to producing terroir-driven wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character.
Partners: Moray Tawse & Family
Where: Vineland, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Soils: Highly rich limestone clay loam.
Climate: Cool, moderate temperature.
2012 Tawse Quarry Road Chardonnay
2012 Tawse Quarry Road Pinot Noir
2013 Tawse Chardonnay
2011 Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir
Located along the increasingly popular Niagara Escarpment is one of Canada’s most highly touted wineries. The grounds of Tawse Winery are just as beautiful as the wine crafted from it. Both the architecture and production methods are clearly inspired by Moray Tawse’s affliction with Burgandy, France. The state of the art winery was officially opened in 2005 complete with a six level gravity flow design, geo-thermal and wetland bio-filter system creating one of Canada’s most environmentally friendly wineries.
Tawse has gained notoriety for hand picking and sorting each fruit over a combined 200 acres of vineyards. Along with their biodynamic farming and advanced production methods Tawse has blossomed to include five different vineyards around the Niagara Escarpment. Cherry Avenue, Quarry Road, Hillside, Tintern make up where most of the Tawse varietals grow, while the newly acquired Limestone Vineyard North contributes fruit to both Tawse and its sister winery Redstone.
Tawse has been awarded for their persistent techniques with Canada’s Winery of The Year four times in 2010, 2011, 2012, and most recently again in 2016 at the 16th annual National wine awards. The event included 1500 wines from over 230 wineries across the country judged by a panel of international wine connoisseurs. The still infant Tawse has clearly made its mark on the global wine stage; China is next.
Graduating with a degree in Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture, Paul Pender has been with Tawse since its founding and only became the head winemaker in 2006 but has come into his own rather quickly. With his guidance and “non-interventionist as far as possible” motto, Tawse and Pender himself have been dominant at Canadian awards ceremonies. The winery was named the best in Canada four times since 2010, and Pender having been named Winemaker of the Year in 2011 at the Ontario Wine Awards exemplifies Tawse’s over-arching impact on the Canadian wine industry.
Accompanying Pender in the winemaking process is Australian native Rene Van Ede who joined Tawse permanently in 2007. Van Ede is essential to the Tawse family as he brings with him a wealth of knowledge for the Australian and U.K. wine culture further enhancing the creativity behind each bottle.