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A new chapter begins

 

Left to right: Cohen, Katie, Freya, Alex, Mark & Dav
This summer, our team on the ground bid a fond farewell to the Camerons as Beaufort’s owners and land stewards. Supported by Jim and Suzy in our various roles, it has been our great pleasure to oversee the evolution of the farm and winery since 2014. From the work of transitioning to certified Organic status, to increasing the vineyard acreage and diversifying the crops grown at Beaufort, the Cameron family’s vision for a vibrant farm with living soil has always underpinned our efforts.
A new chapter in Beaufort’s history sees us welcome Sylvie Senay, Rolland Tanguay, and Alexandre Guertin as Beaufort’s owners. They are deeply familiar with the importance of organic and regenerative farming in Canada and are proven leaders in creating and maintaining strong community relationships. We are certain that Beaufort–the land and its people–will continue to flourish with Sylvie, Rolland and Alex at the helm. Our team could not have hoped for a better transition.
Vancouver Island’s identity as a world-class wine region gains credence with each and every vintage. It’s an honour to work within a community of committed growers and makers; and a great privilege to contribute to the identity formation of our youthful region.
Beaufort is a tremendously special place to us, and to the many supporters we’ve had the privilege of raising a glass with over the years. So while there are some changes on the horizon, we’re pleased to say that most everything will remain the same. Our commitment to creating excellent wines in our cool, coastal climate will continue, and our work to leave this land in better shape than we found it will always be prioritized.
As we look forward to cosy reunions with friends and family, we extend an open invite to you all. We’re always eager to share what we are up to in the vines and on the farm. Book a tasting, bring a picnic, and let’s catch up over a glass. There’s so much to celebrate!
Mark, Freya, and the Beaufort team.

Sylvie, Rolland & Alex

In 1995, Sylvie Senay and Rolland Tanguay founded Avril, an independent natural food supermarket in Granby, Quebec. Today, there are 10 Avril locations across the province, employing more than 1000 people. The name Avril stands for renewal, freshness, and abundance. 25 years after the first Avril supermarket opened its doors, Sylvie and Rolland continue to bring high quality organic products to their customers, including a selection of wines curated by Rolland under Avril’s private label.

The family is no stranger to the Comox Valley; Sylvie’s son Alexandre attended high school at Vanier in the early 00’s, and has been a regular visitor to the Valley ever since. Alex will be relocating full-time to the winery house from Vancouver, where he currently lives. While Alex has been working in the realm of technology and investment, he is eager to learn alongside the Beaufort team in the vines, winery, and tasting room.

In addition to their commitment to organic farming and quality produce, Sylvie, Rolland and Alex are passionate about great wine––the family’s values and vision make for a perfect fit with all that Beaufort stands for. They see tremendous potential for Beaufort and the Vancouver Island wine region to shine and reach new heights. Here’s to a new and exciting chapter in the winery’s history.

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Adjusting course

It’s May 4th. In any other year, our tasting room would be open by now. We’d be relishing the long and leisurely visits our guests similarly enjoy in spring and early summer. There’s always so much to catch up on, and so much to discuss as the vines burst into life.

This year is a lot different however, and we’ve had to adjust the course of our usual tasting room season. As with all restaurants and bars in BC, tasting rooms are unable to operate. It’s a tough time for many.

We really hope to see you soon, even if it’s from afar. Our ‘Drive-Thru’ vintage release is happening on Saturday May 16th. If you would like to pre-order a case for pick up, you can find out how in our most recent newsletter. Free/discounted shipping continues across BC and select Canadian provinces too.

Otherwise, our wine store will be open from Friday May 22nd. We will be open Fri-Sun from noon until 5pm for wine purchases only. Call ahead and we can prepare your order so you don’t have to leave your car, or simply pop in to select your own bottles. To ensure 2m physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the store at one time.

We cannot offer tastings during this time and our picnic area will remain closed. Thank you for your understanding and we will look forward to hosting you all shoulder to shoulder at the bar when it is safe to do so.

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Organic certification at beaufort

It’s been a while; it’s been a wait; it’s been a lot of work. However, it’s been WORTH IT!

We have just received official notification of our organic cert, which makes Beaufort the first vineyard on Vancouver Island to receive organic certification. Our vines and crop lands are now FULLY certified by PACS (The Pacific Agricultural Certification Society) and we are beyond excited to share this news.

This is a big milestone for us, as it provides a solid verification for the work we’re already committed to in the vineyard. In the field, we’ve seen a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of our grapes. The soil, too, is thriving; teeming with earthworms and coming into balance in terms of nutrient levels. But we won’t  rest easy; we’re eager to continue to push the envelope of sustainable viticulture on Vancouver Island. And we will.

And so, with this new chapter for Beaufort as an organically-certified vineyard, we’d like to say thank you! Thank you for choosing to support sustainable agriculture, and thank you for supporting Beaufort.

 

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Pruning

 

Ever wonder what’s happening in the vines at this time of year?

Well, nothing much on one hand; and then, really, quite a lot.

During the winter months, the vines at Beaufort enter a period of dormancy; no leaves and no perceptible growth. And yet, this is a very important phase in the annual growth cycle of the vine.

Winter time functions as a rest phase and the vine, no longer generating energy through photosynthesis, slows right down. It slows down so much in fact, that a really hard pruning can take place without damaging overall vine health. Indeed, pruning is key to creating a robust and healthy vine in the following season, as well as a good yield at harvest.

Of course, there are lots of different pruning systems employed in vineyards throughout the wine-growing world. Climate, soil type, labour availability, grape variety and vineyard orientation are just a handful of factors influencing a vineyard manager’s pruning technique. At Beaufort, and mainly due to our cooler climate, we employ a technique known as cane pruning. Up to 90% of the previous year’s growth is removed, and a careful selection of shoots is made so that the plant can preform in the most desirable way during the growing season. Grapes grow on vines after all, and vines can be particularly vigorous in their growth, though not necessarily generous in fruit set. While great wine certainly starts with good soil, pruning is similarly key in mitigating many of the potential problems in the vineyard and in the winery. With pruning we can influence yield and ripeness, reduce the risk of disease, lay the foundation for a quick and efficient harvest, as well as limit the amount of work required in the vines during the growing season.

And so, as we approach pruning time at Beaufort, here’s to the shears – one of the most important tools in the winery! Well, after the corkscrew…

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Officially ‘in transition’ to organic

 

We’ve got exciting news on our organic certification process. Last week, the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (PACS) sent us a document which denotes our official transition to organic agriculture in the Beaufort Vineyard. While we have been adhering to organic standards in the vineyard for many years, this marks the first step towards an official organic status and we are very, very happy indeed. Hurray!