New Year, New Sign


I feel it fitting, in this my 100th blog entry, to festively announce the erection of a new Five Rows roadside sign.

I can hear you all in unison: “Well, it’s about time!”

However, it is not without some sentimental regret that we retire our old red sandwich board.  At various times it was stolen, returned, run over, blown over, repainted, amusingly observed by Beppi and cursed by all those who didn’t see it on first pass.  A useful (if not reliable) sign it was.

As is evident in the following photographic essay, the beautiful new sign was hung with typical Five Rows grace and ingenuity.  I ask anyone working for the Ontario Workplace Safety Insurance Board to kindly avert your eyes.  A special thanks to Barry Imber for his fine craftmanship.


I wish you all a Happy New Year and invite you to join us for our third annual Treadwell’s Winemaker Dinner on January 26th, 2013.   Wine pairing details coming soon!





Happy Holidays


The relaxing afterglow experienced at the end of a vintage presents a great time to reflect on the many wonderful visitors we’ve hosted over the past year.  Some are returnees who’ve come to pick up their treasured order, others stumble upon us while searching for another winery and a few brave souls even traverse unimproved roads determined to reach their destination. It is a testament to every single one of you that our tiny winery has become a pilgrimage for wine lovers from around the world!

It’s easy for us to say we plan to grow by “word of mouth”, but without the right “words” and “mouths” – it just doesn’t work.  We thank you for being that “mouth”, a true Five Rows ambassador!  All of you have helped to make our tasting room a rewarding place to spend our weekends.

Each year we’ve attempted to make a few more cases of wine to keep up with demands and stretch quantities through to our spring bottling date.  Consequently, our production is up to 750 cases in 2012.  Thanks to your enthusiasm and generosity we are down to the final 40 cases of both 2009 Pinot Noir and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine – everything else is sold out.  Christmas orders and deliveries can still be arranged if you would like.

We look forward to having you taste the 2012 whites and much-anticipated 2010 reds next spring.  Expect a release announcement and order request on or around May 1st.  As in previous years, we will not have regular weekend retail hours from January through March (apart from Cuvee weekend March 1-3).  Appointments can still be arranged anytime.  In fact, the barn can get quite lonely over the winter so don’t make yourself a stranger!