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Visiting Chaberton Estate Winery

Chaberton Estate Winery- Langley BC

The first of the Fraser Valley wineries, Domaine de Chaberton was opened (1975)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 rain fall. 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.

Home to the Zagat rated "Excellent" Bacchus Bistro, (which overlooks the vineyard), guests can relax and enjoy a vast selection of authentic bistro cuisine prepared fresh daily from only the finest local ingredients. A truly enjoyable and relaxing place to visit.

 

Barbara and I visited the winery starting with lunch before experiencing a private tasting with winery manger Brian Ensor.

 

Chaberton Estate Bacchus Bistro

Roasted Chicken and Bacon Panini  – $19

havarti cheese, spinach, marinated onions, maple harissa, and garlic aioli, served with mix greens

 

Bacchus Bistro

Beef Bourguignon – $30

boneless beef short ribs braised in red wine with pearl onions, house-smoked bacon and mushrooms.

The food and service were excellent. As were the Covid protocols. I could not resist have a glass of Bacchus with my meal in-spit of my dinning choice.

Lemon tart at Chaberton Bacchus Bistro

We shared the Lemon Tart. Excellent.

It was now time to join General Manager Brian Ensor for some wine tasting. This enjoyable experience took place in a private room.

Valley Pink 2019

A blend of three grape varietals, from three different areas in the Okanagan Valley. The grapes were soaked on their skins for 48 hours to produce a very good rose wine. Barbara was impressed. The wine provides notes of strawberry and wild raspberry with a tingle on the finish.

Pinot Gris 2019

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Best Wine in BC. Smooth, refreshing nice flavours of grapefruit and hints of honey. A very good wine.

Siegerrebe Fraser Valley

This estate wine has really nice melon flavours with notes of mango and hints of grapefruit.

Bacchus 2020

Chaberton has a reputation for producing some of the best Bacchus in the province. This one proved it once again. Flavours oh pear and peaches with hints of key lime Oh so good!

2016 Merlot

Definity a winner. What a Merlot should be. Notes of blueberries and cherries abound in this ruby coloured wine, with a very nice toasty finish.

2016 Meritage

A very nice wine with notes of chocolate before the smoothing taste of sweet cherries and hints of dark fruit.

2017 Tribute Merlot

A 100% fortified Merlot. Another wine that Barbara was quite impressed by!  flavours of chocolate, sweet cherries and plum. The taste is rich and warm with a soft vanilla finish.

Chaberton's winemaker is Gary Zhygail. Gary joined the Chaberton Team as a cellar assistant in August of 2016 and has been promoted to the position of winemaker. Growing up in the south of the Ukraine in a wine region not far from the Black Sea.

Graduating from Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science in 2002 and a Master’s Degree in Fermentation and Winemaking Technology in 2003, Gary was hired on as a cellar hand at one of the largest wineries in the Ukraine. During his tenure from 2003-2009 he was promoted to assistant winemaker and then to cellar manager.

Thank you Bacchus Bistro and Brain for a most enjoyable visit.

 

 

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