Although I’ve never been much of a wine drinker, I like to consider myself an agri-enthusiast. That might not be a real word, but I enthusiastically find agriculture to be interesting so it seems an appropriate moniker. When I saw “Tour a Vineyard” listed on my G Adventures’ Quebec and Ontario Explorer tour, I saw it not as a chance to drink wine but as a chance to check out how grapes are grown. I also found that the science behind creating wines is fascinating!
Chateau des Charmes was particularly interesting. The vineyard and winery are owned by the Bosc family. They are now in the sixth generation of winemakers, and arrived in the area from French Algeria. Part of the Pieds-Noirs, or French descendants living in Algeria, the family and others like them were no longer welcome after Algerian War for Independence successfully severed the country’s ties from France. Paul Bosc and his family came to Ontario in the 1960’s, learned the weather and the land, and founded Chateau des Charmes in 1978.
One of the first vineyards in the area to move beyond growing concord grapes, the Bosc family seemed to be interested in experimentation outside the traditional agricultural thoughts of the time. Through science, research, experience, and a little bit of trial and error, the vineyard is now growing an impressive amount of grape varieties and creating prize winning wines.
Chateau des Charmes – website
Disclaimer – During this scientific expedition, I was a guest of G Adventures. All observations and spelling errors are my own.