UNION LIBRE cidre & vin is based in Dunham, in the Brome-Missisquoi region. This region has long been known for the quality of its land as well as for it microclimate favourable to apple trees and vines.
Situated on the foothills of the Appalachians that rise above the St. Lawrence Lowlands at an altitude of 150 metres, the soil is composed of slate and shale. Its gentle slope is conducive to the pooling of cold air in spring and autumn and its composition is such that it retains a maximum amount of heat, radiating it out after nightfall. The slope must still be seeded with grass into rows to prevent the erosion of soil during heavy rains.
UNION LIBRE cidre & vin has been growing vines since 2011. Even though the region enjoys the same heat-unit number as the Niagara peninsula in Ontario, our rugged winters present a challenge when it comes to monitoring varieties such as Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
The Vidal, Seyval Blanc and Seyval Noir varieties, whose cryotolerance threshold of lies between -20° C and -30° C, also present a risk of serious damage during the cold season.
UNION LIBRE cidre & vin grows more than 22,000 vines on 4 hectares, with a majority of vitis viniferas. A geotextile membrane has been installed 40 cm above ground to protect the first buds by ensuring a temperature difference of 10°C to 14°C. Combined with the insulation of the snow, the qualitative potential of the vineyard is increased.
UNION LIBRE cidre & vin is committed to developing a viniculture respectful of the environment, all the while guaranteeing the quality and origin of the contents of each bottle. The implementation of integrated pest management practices as well as balanced fruit-growing management, along with the support of seasoned specialists, enable the owners to make the shift towards sustainable development.