The growing of vine
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 climate favourable to apple trees and vines.
The varieties planted on our estate are Seyval blanc, Seyval noir, Vidal, Riesling, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and most recently Chenin blanc.
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 30,000 vines on 5.7 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.