Stowaway 1812 wines to be auctioned off

The Windsor Star

Aug 24, 2013

On July 4, 2013, Colio Estate Wines, Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, Pelee Island Winery, Oxley Estate Winery, Smith and Wilson Estate Wines, and Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery launched “STOWAWAY 1812.” It is a regional collaborative line of wines commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Coastal Trails: Sails to See Tall Ships Festival.

This signature line of six dis stinct wines within one region are limited edition collector’s items that have been sold at the participating wineries throughout the summer.

To augment the uniqueness of the Stowaway collection, the six wineries each decided to utilize the Tall Ships festival to do something truly special. They blended the Cabernet Franc varietals from all six wineries into a barrel and put it aboard the Liana’s Ransom Tall Ship on July 19, 2013.

The wine travelled alongside the Tilley family, the crew of Liana’s Ransom, throughout the Great Lakes. From July 19 to September 1, 2013 a special barrel of one STOWAWAY 1812 varietal was stowed away and travelled alongside the Tilley family crew aboard Liana’s Ransom. Liana’s Ransom is one of the Tall Ships participating in the August 30-September 2 Coastal Trails: Sails to See Tall Ships Festival in Windsor, Amherstburg, Kingsville and Pelee Island. This special barrel ends its true Stowaway experience on September 1, 2013 on the shores of Pelee Island as Liana’s Ransom sails off to participate in the re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie.

The truly remarkable collaboration amongst the six wineries is made even more special by the collaboration with Liana’s Ransom and the timing of the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie which commemorates its bicentennial on September 10, 2013. This timing and collective vision makes Stowaway 1812 one of the most significant wine collaborations in the world.

The bottles of wine from aboard the ship will then be bottled as an exclusive, once-ina-lifetime opportunity and auctioned at the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival (Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada, Amherstburg). The special barrel will produce approximately 120 bottles of wine, which will be auctioned on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

The bottles will be auctioned off either individually (prices starting at $25/bottles), in packages of two, three, half cases and single cases.

Also, two full cases and three packages of two bottles will be auctioned off along with memorabilia from the 2013 Coastal Trails: Sails to See Festival at the exclusive Winemakers Dinner on Friday, September 6. Tickets are available online at

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