Chapelle

Located in the Sutton mountains of southern Quebec, the Chapelle Ste Agnès vineyard was established in 1997 by Henrietta Antony, a Montreal antique dealer. The vineyard is named after a stone chapel built several years earlier on the same site and consecrated to Saint Agnes, a thirteenth century Bohemian saint. The vineyard has over 7000 vines and is focused on the production of icewine and other dessert wines.

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ChateauTo oversee winemaking and production, Mrs. Antony enlisted the help of Christian Barthomeuf (owner of the vineyard le Clos Saragnat in Frelighsburg; www.saragnat.com), one of the pioneers of viticulture in Quebec. In 1986, Christian won an international gold medal for a Quebec wine. With his talent, the unique terroir and the traditional viticultural work done by the team in the vineyard, Christian had succeeded in sculpting a world class icewine. Chapelle Ste Agnès has now entered two of the most prestigious and industry-recognized wine competitions (Decanter and IWSC) worldwide and has come away with awards each time. Since 2010, John Antony, (Mrs. Antony's eldest son, and his wife Karena, are in charge of the of the winemaking and production at the vineyard).

The vineyard is built on a steep hillside, with massive stone walls supporting 18 terraces. Thousands of tons of stones and gravelly soil were used to create the vineyard. The rows of vines follow the gentle curve of the hillside, creating a veritable amphitheatre.

There are advantages to producing icewine in southern Quebec, but the cold winters also bring about some challenges. In the production of icewine, a careful balance must be attained between a climate that is cold enough, and a growing season that is long enough.

The Chapelle Ste Agnès vineyard's southern exposure, 30 degree slope, imposing stone walls, ideal altitude above the valley floor, gravelly soil, amphitheatre-like bowl and the two ponds at its base have created a unique endoclimate. raisins glacéDuring the day, the vineyard is noticeably warmer than the surrounding area, and due to the retention of heat by the stone walls and gravelly soil, the vineyard is also warmer at night. vines in fall

The vineyard's unique endoclimate extends the growing season, which allows the grapes the time they need to attain the proper level of maturity required for superb dessert wines. At the same time, the vineyard's climate is cold enough to consistently produce high quality icewine every year.

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The vineyard is largely cultivated by hand. The vines are planted close together in an Alsatian manner. 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.

To make the icewine, the grapes are hand-picked off the vines in the winter at about -10º C. Immediately afterwards, they are pressed and a precious nectar is extracted. This heavenly nectar is then slowly fermented to produce the icewine.

The vineyard is currently selling several icewines, vin doux naturel, rosé and a limited amount of white table wine.

vines in the fall harvest
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