Thursday, November 8, 2018

The first of the Fraser Valley wineries, Domaine de Chaberton  (now called Chaberton) was opened by founder's Claude and Inge Violet. This very successful winery was named after the vineyard they had owned in France. The Fraser Valley location was selected for its proximity to Vancouver, the micro climate, south-facing slope, and quality of soil and low rainfall. The winery was sold in 2005 to Anthony Cheng and Eugene Kwan, business partners In 2014 the name was changed to Chaberton Estate Winery

The 55 acre parcel of land produces a selection of vitis vinifera 'cool climate' grapes including their signature wine grape "Bacchus". The first vines planted, these Bacchus plants are now over 30 years old! Joining them are: Siegerrebe, Madeleine Sylvaner, Reichensteiner, Madeleine Angevine, Ortega and Gamay Noir.

While the majority of the white varietals are grown in Langley, specially selected red wine grapes from vineyards in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys are used in the red wines.

Chaberton  most outstanding wine is their Bacchus, the 2015, 2016and 2017 vintages are all extremely good. The last one I tried  most recently was Reserve Bacchus 2016. It is an amazing wine bursting with full fruit flavours

This evening Barbara and I enjoyed the Ortega Dessert wine. So smooth so sweet so favourable and iconic wine indeed.

Chaberton is located in the Fraser Valley in the township close to Langley city making a nice drive in the country from Vancouver.

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