Rosewood WineryRosewood Winery is home for not only some of Niagara’s finest wines and meads, but also to a population millions and millions of bees! And while bees have actually nothing to do with pollinating grapes, they are a hero to farmers and wine producers alike, creating a colony of busy worker bees who give life to the flora, shrubs and trees that create a mini ecosystem surrounding the vineyard. Rosewood Winery directly benefits from these bees with their amazing meads and of course, natural honey and honeycomb.
Hives dot the landscape just behind the vineyard, with seemingly innocuous wooden boxes peeking in behind the ample apple trees and valley of flowers. These are the honey hives, the tight knit bundle of boxes that serves as the lair to the queen, and humble abode to her servants.
Bees live a very short hard life, unless of course, you’re the queen. Amazing insects they are, queen bees will live for a few years serving as the leader to their loyal tribe. When the queen bee has fulfilled her duties, another queen is selected, and well, the rest of that litter are er, released by her majesty…
We got chaperoned on the tour by the Jen Bee and the Queen Bee mobile. Jen took us under her wing (ouch) and pointed out all the benefits of bees and how important they are to just about everything that we eat. This fact was not lost on our crew, my kiddo has been bee curious for sometime now, and even adorably put up a few posters in our ‘hood asking for people to petition against the use of the pesticides that cause bees the most harm. Win, neonics were banned, and well, she would fully like to take credit for, but as I gently pointed out, a few several thousand other voices also signed that petition.
Huge huge huge thank you to Rosewood Winery for taking the time to educate us on the ins and outs of bees and how important they are to our everyday life! We can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort Jen put into our tour, we sincerely appreciate it!