Chapelle Ste. Agnès Wins Prestigious International Awards


In just its first year of entering wine competition Chapelle Ste. Agnès had won a silver award (best in class) for its Gewürztraminer icewine 2002 and a bronze award for its Vidal icewine 2002 at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, England.


Sutton, Quebec, October 17, 2006 – Chapelle Ste Agnès, a new leading Québec producer of icewine, today announced that it had won awards for its two icewine entries in a premier international wine competition.


Chapelle Ste Agnès Gewürztraminer icewine 2002 won the silver (best in class) award in the Gewürztraminer icewine category, at the international wine and spirit competition (IWSC) 2006 held in London, England. It also won an award at the IWSC 2006 with its second entry, Chapelle Ste Agnès Vidal Geisenheim icewine 2002, a bronze medal, in the Vidal icewine category. The IWSC is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. This standard is achieved through a rigorous two-stage judging process of professional blind tasting and detailed technical analysis. This year the competition received more than 5,800 entries from over 70 countries and successfully organized over 16 weeks of continual judging on four days of each week. It is this professional dedication and technical excellence that sets the IWSC apart from other competitions who judge thousands of entries in a matter of days.


Chapelle Ste Agnès is a visually stunning terraced vineyard with medieval wine cellars and a Romanesque stone chapel built by stonemasons from France. It is located in the picturesque Eastern Townships near Glen Sutton, Québec. Much sacrifice and effort is expended in the vineyard to ensure ultra premium quality grapes and wine. No chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides or synthetic fungicides are used with the exception of 2007 when a synthetic fungicide treatment had to be utilized. Christian Barthomeuf, a pioneer in Québec viticulture, helped in the design and concept of the vineyard itself and is the winemaker. The Chapelle Ste Agnès Vidal Geisenheim 2002 icewine is available at the vineyard and sells for $60 per 200ml bottle (taxes included). The winery will be looking to expand into top restaurants this winter and to some export in the near future.


“We are very happy to be recognized by such a prestigious and professional international wine competition like the IWSC,” said Henrietta Antony, owner, Chapelle Ste Agnès. “To win awards for both our entries in just our first year of international competition is a dream come true for us and very good news for our region,” Henrietta added.