Blending Music, Wine and Urban Canopies: The Dreaming Tree Grove in Toronto

The Dreaming Tree Grove in Toronto Blending Wine, Environmental Responsibliity, and Music too

The Dreaming Tree Wine Chardonnay

I’ll confess. I love wine. Are you shocked? Didn’t think so.

I’ll also confess that I’m a bit of a tree hugger. Amateur, though. I don’t use Diva cups or anything, but I have been bringing my own bags to the grocery store since before it was cool. And I’ve been known to pick through the garbage bin in my kitchen to make sure that my kids haven’t thrown anything out that should be recycled.

The other thing that you probably don’t know about me is that I’m a born and bred Torontonian. And I love my city with all my heart. I love that Toronto is clean and full of character and relatively safe and so multicultural. And most of all, I adore that Toronto is so beautiful and green. Our city within a park has so much greenspace. There’s nothing like driving down the Don Valley Parkway from my home in the suburbs. As one descends and turns a curve there are trees everywhere—green in spring and summer and gorgeous fall foliage when it all turns.

It’s breathtaking really.

Winemaker Sean McKenzie in Toronto's Dreaming Tree GroveSo when I found out that urban canopies are being destroyed faster than they can grow, I was dismayed. I can’t imagine my delightful city turning into an urban wasteland or concrete jungle. That just wouldn’t be Toronto.

Fortunately for Torontonians, organizations like Tree Canada and The Dreaming Tree Wines are working hard to make sure that Canadian cities stay green for generations to come. Last week the partnership unveiled The Dreaming Tree Grove a planting of 29 Trees meant to replenish trees that are slated to be cut down due to age or illness. The lovely grove, situated in Trinity Bellwoods Park, will provide a vibrant gathering place for  the community in the heart of Toronto. The trees were funded by the wine brand’s commitment to donating proceeds of every bottle of wine sold to leading Canadian environmental organizations.

The Dreaming Tree Grove in Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park The Dreaming Tree is a partnership between winemaker Sean McKenzie and singer-songwriter Dave Matthews. Their shared passion for wine and sustainability has resulted in a wine brand that is delicious, high-quality, and environmentally conscious. In addition to planting trees in communities that need re-forestation, The Dreaming Tree uses labels made with 100% recycled craft brown paper and lighter bottles to reduce fuel consumption.

Plus, Canada is one of their most popular markets, so it makes sense that a portion of the proceeds from wine sold here would be given right back to our communities . (<—-LOVE, right?)

As Winemaker Sean McKenzie said, “The environment is incredibly important to us, both as individuals and as a brand. From the day we pick the grapes to the night our wines are enjoyed, we put changes into motion that will make a difference…especially in communities that sell out products.”

The Dreaming Tree Wine - Crush

The Dreaming Tree Wine – Crush

Personally, I think this partnership is fantastic, and win-win for everyone. They make great wine (and ummm…Dave Matthews, so music!), we drink it, and then Tree Canada makes sure our urban areas stay green. Companies that have a positive impact on the world are ones I am happy to support, and especially when wine is involved.

The Dreaming Tree is a new, ultra premium brand built around creativity, collaboration and storytelling. The wines are really are great: delicious, fun, sociable and very approachable.

 The brand showcases California’s growing regions and styles through their varieties of wine. The Red Crush ($17.95 & eponymously named for the Dave Matthews Band song) boasts juicy raspberry flavours and full but soft and easy tannins. It’s very drinkable and pairs well with a good steak.

The Chardonnay ($16.95) is a fabulous crisp and elegant wine with fresh pear and white peach flavours that is really easy drinking and perfect for your patio lantern evenings.

A Wine and Tree Canada Partnership Worth Knowing About

The Dreaming Tree Wine from Dave Matthews and Sean McKenzie


Both wines are available at the LCBO in Ontario and Dreaming Tree Groves can be found in Toronto and Montreal, with more coming soon.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments.  Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. Since 1992, 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Laval, Québec in 2016. More information about Tree Canada is available at

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