Francois is determined to put Ontario on the world wide wine map as a serious player in the cool climate wine game! Learning his craft at some highly regarded domaines in Burgundy, he came home to Niagara and began making wine the way he believed it should be made. Everything is organic, although not certified, and the wines are allowed to flow with whatever nature throws at us. But that doesn't mean lazy winemaking - the physical processes are keenly monitored, and no flaws or impurities make it past Francois into the cellar.

David Beaupère

On any given day, you can see Clément and his mother tending the family vineyards. The good news is that you can do this all day if you like, since the domaine also serves as a lovely bed-and-breakfast! But Clément didn't set out to be a winemaker; he studied commerce and engineering (and sold sliced bread?!) before realizing that the vineyards at his family's house were his true calling. The Domaine, including the 4 hectares of vineyards, was bought by his grandfather after having sold off their land in Algeria by the end of the independence war.

Jean-Marie Vergé

Jean-Marie Vergé is the son of two very unusual burgundy producers, Gilles and Catherine Vergé, who produce beautiful Chardonnay in Macon.
Since March 2009 Jean-Marie has been operating 2 hectares and renting 16, which is just enough for producing wine under the label of Beaujolais Village.
His first harvest in 2009 was affected by several hail incidents, but Jean-Marie still describes the wine as pretty, but somehow not "enough".

Mathieu Coste

 In the mid 90's Mathieu Coste went to South America to work on a scientific study in the rainforests of French-Gyuana. In charge was the french botanist and biologist Francis Hallé, and the expereince was eyeopening for Mathieu's way of thinking about plants and plantlife.
As a young man Mathieu studied agronomy, and later biology in Tours. One of his firsts jobs was at the Coop of Pouilly sur Loire, where Mathieu was in charge of the vinification. Alot of people sold grapes to the Coop, and one of them was vignerons Alain Paulat, that only sold parts of his harvest. 

Maisons Brûlées

Maison Brûlées 'Burnt Houses' is named so because of a fire that destroyed several houses in the village. It's infamous vineyard and winery has recently passed hands from longtime vigneron Michel Augé to Paul and Corine Gillet who have been making wine there since 2013. Michel was head of one of the first biodynamic coops in France and still hold meetings in Maison Brûlées where members gather to make their biodynamic preparations together (the estate officially certified Biodynamic in 1994).

Domaine St Nicolas

Once a region covered in vines, Domaine St Nicolas is now one of the few remaining winemakers in the lesser known Region of Brem, situated south of the city of Nantes and nestled under the Fief Vendéens appellation. Vigneron Thierry Michon starting working biodynamically in 1993 and hasn’t looked back. He describes his approach to biodynamics as going far beyond the absence of chemicals in the vineyard, but more creating a deeper connection with the soil leading to an amplified expression of terroir.

Mas d’Intras

The family domain of Mas D'Intras has been farming grapes for four centuries, but it was only in the 80's that Robert family stopped selling their grapes to the local coop that the family had helped establish. Domaine Mas D'Intras was born. In the late nineties Alfonse recognised that his soil was suffering and he began to turn his attention to organic farming, acheiving Ecocert organic status in 2009. He planted grass in between the vines, and started to plough every second row to direct water retention and moisture to the soil around the vines.

Olivier Cousin

In 1987, Olivier Cousin took over his grandfather’s 12ha located around the village of Martigne Briand, South of Angers. Thanks to his grandfather, the vines have never been sprayed with chemicals due to his opinion that anyone that does so is ‘dumb in the ass’. We agree. In 1996 Olivier took the steps to officiating the wines as biodynamic although this has always been his way. Today he still makes wines from his plots of Cabernet Franc, but has passed his parcels of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gamay and Grolleau onto his son, Baptiste.

Clos du Tue-Boeuf

Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat enjoy making wine, which is a good thing as they produce a lot of them, sometimes close to 30 different wines a year. They feel so many of their parcels offer something unique worth exploring in its own right. Many of their cuvées are made often out of rare local varieties on the verge of extinction such as Romarantin, Grosleau and Menu Pineau- a natural mutation of Chenin Blanc). These wines made from these grapes rarely gain AOC recognition and so are labelled Vin De France, one of the biggest disappointments of modern winemaking laws.

Dom Côtes de la Molière

Husband and wife duo Bruno and Isabelle Perraud make wine under their domaine 'Côtes de la Moliere' ('Windmill Coast') in the Northern corner of Beaujolais. Their 8.5ha of vineyard covers Fleurie, Morgon, Pouilly-Fussé, St Véran and Bourgogne Aligoté. In 1989, Bruno accidentally poisened himself with incecticide and decided remove it from his vineyard practices after observing the effects on his body. In 2002 the domaine was certified as organic.