CHOICE OF GRAPE VARIETIES
In 2008 and 2009, Vidal grape variety and Seyval grape variety were planted for the production of sweet wine and white wine. Planting was done with precise mesurements to ensure an accurate distance between plants and rows as tractors and equipments must pass between the narrow rows without damaging the plants. Vidal and Seyval are hybrids that are quite resistant to cold, but still have to be well protected for our Quebec’s harsh winters. The vineyard therefore proceeds to hilling-up the vines foot in autumn to protect the buds from the very cold weather. The vineyard is now diversifying its production and also want ot facilitate the field work for the futur plantations. Cold hardy grape varieties were planted for trials. Four cold hardy grape varieties have been selected for the field trial and winemaking because they are resistant to Quebec’s cold winters without winter protection. In the trial, 4 varieties were planted in 2010 : Frontenac, Marquette, Frontenac gris and St-Coix. They were chosen by previously tasting wines made from these varieties and because these cold hardy varieties are naturally resistant to several diseases of the vine, thus facilitating their culture in the most natural way possible. Cuttings were planted in the center of an horticultural mulch to naturally prevent the growth of weeds at the base of the young plants. The grass is left between the rows for the reconstruction of the natural soil under the canopy. The presence of the herbs is creating a competition with the vines roots, forcing them to grow deeper, and thus become more resistant to drought and also to the surface excess water, thereby improving the quality of the grapes and of the health of the vine. The top wire cordon training system was selected after advise from our agronomist. The trunk of the vines are approximately 5,5 feet tall. It places fruit and renewal zone at the top of the trellis so fruits and fruiting buds have the opportunity of maximizing maturity. Grapes have a higher exposure to wind, thus preventing some fungi attack. Because the renewal zone is on top, it is more protected from spring frosts, which are higher near the ground. The ripe grapes are out of reach of some small mammals such as raccoons, woodchucks and skunks, the winemaker therefore has less concern on that side. Nets are installed over the vines to protect grapes against birds when the grapes are almost ripe. The amount of grapes by plants is carefully counted and limited by removing some of them to improve their ripening. This 'green pruning’ also promotes better long-term health of the vine. After 4 years of field growth, the results are excellent. Assembly tests took place in order to find the ideal blending proportions of each of the red grape vines. Grapes obtained are ripe and rich in sugars, thus allowing the production of quality wines. The results were conclusive, therefor, the plantation of red rustic grape vines is planned for spring 2017. This in order to diversify its production and make you enjoy authentic quality wines, in the best respect for nature by the careful selection of these varieties.
Made entirely from grapes grown in our vineyard and processed in our winery, these wines are of an exceptional richness and are now available to treat your palate.