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Vignoble de l'Orpailleur

1086 Route 202,
Dunham, Quebec J0E 1M0

One of Quebec's mosted Notable wineries. L'Orpailleur is located in Dunham, in the Eastern Townships, near the US border Started in 1845 Dunham was the first township of Lower-Canada and also the first town in Québec to see large vineyards establish themselves and win international prizes for their wines. On Route 202 stood a little white wooden house, an old inn where carriages and travellers would stop at the turn of the last century. Behind it: vines, 14 hectares of maturing grapes. This is where the Orpailleur was born and lives on. In 1982 French winegrowers Hervé Durand and Charles-Henri de Coussergues along with their Québécois associate, producer Frank Furtado, decided to take the plunge.

Pierre Rodrigue joined the team in 1985. Together they persisted in defying our challenging climate by applying vine producing methods adapted from Northern Europe and the USSR. For the most part, it consists in ridging-up the roots in the fall to protect them from the cold and ploughing them back in the spring, when the ground thaws out. After three years of hard work, in the fall of 1985, the vineyard's first harvest produced 15,000 bottles of a delicious white wine named L'Orpailleur by Gilles Vigneault, meaning “gold gatherer”.

The Owners


Charles-Henri de Coussergues , Frank Furtado, Hervé Durand,Pierre Rodrigue

Vignoble de l'Orpailleur

The Boutique offers tastings year round.

Marc Grau is the winemaker, Marc was born in the south of France and lived in St-Laurent d'Aigouze, in the GARD. He came to Québec in 1991 and started working at the Orpailleur. He had received a higher technician's license in the production and marketing of wine and spirits (BTS ECVS) from Montpellier in 1987. After a three year getaway in France where he worked at Château de Lascaux in Pic St-Loup, he rejoined the team in February 2005

Signature wines are:

Grape variety: 100% Vidal

Production method: This very particular wine is made from grapes over-ripened from October to January, which leads to the desiccation of the fruits to get a juice that is both richer and more concentrated. While 100kg of grapes usually produces 80 to 85lt of juice, this volume goes down to 12 to 15lt when these grapes are pressed at a temperature of -10°C.
Description: Ice wine, with its powerful and complex aromas, is an exclusive product. Taste the apricots, mango, honey, candi

Percentage of alcohol /format: 10,5 % alc ./vol. / 200ml

Serving temperature: 10 to 14°C

Recommended storage : Keeping potential of 4 to 5 years.

First year of vintage : 1997

Serving suggestions : As an apéritif, with foie gras, certain cheeses, and light desserts.

Someone said: “… an impressive bouquet…” Jacques Benoît 2004 “...wrapped in intense flavours and with such a length it makes it a true liqueur. Brilliant success! ” 5 stars and Gold Grapes from Michel Phaneuf Le guide du vin 25e édition.
Cited in the Hachette wine guide of 2005.

Gold Medal : Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2009
Gold Medal : Coupe des Nations 2009
Gold Medal : Mondiale Bruxelles 2009
Gold Meda l : Vinalies Internationale de Paris 2009
Gold Medal : Sélections Mondiales 2008
Gold Medal : Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2008
Gold Medal : Coupe des Nations 2008
Gold Medal : Mondiale Bruxelles 2008
Silver Medal : All Canada Wine Championship 2008
Gold Medal : Concours Les Grands vin du Québec 2007
Gold Medal : Sélections Mondiales 2007
Gold Medal : Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2007
Gold Medal : Coupe des Nations 2007
Best Dessert Wine of the Year : All Canada Wine Championship 2006
Silver medal : Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2006
Silver medal : Finger Lakes International wine New York 2006
Silver medal : All Canada Wine Championship 2005
Gold Cup : Coupe des Nations 2005
Silver meda l : Sélections Mondiale 2004
Gold Cup : Coupe des Nations 2004
Gold medal : All Canada Wine Championship 2004
Silver Cup : Coupe des Nations 2003
Gold medal : Intervin International 2002
Gold medal : All Canada Wine Championship 2002
Gold Cup : Coupe des Nations 2002
Silver grapes : Concours vins et cidres du Québec 2001

CUP SAQ : 00704221

Grape variety: 100 % white Seyval

Description: Pretty pale straw colour. Bouquet of fruits such as green apple, pear, a touch of banana, boxwood, and minerals reminiscent of the Sauvignon. At first it is mostly quenching with lots of fruity flavours and a nice freshness. Then the lingering fruit flavours last nicely. It possesses a nice acidity, followed by mellowness and, most of all, the wine is well balanced.

Percentage of alcohol/format: 11.0 % alc ./vol. / 750ml

Serving temperature: 10 to 14°C

Recommended storage: 2 years from year of vintage

First year of vintage: 1985

Serving suggestions: Shellfish, fish, white meat, and mild cheeses. Ideal with lobster and oysters.

Someone said: “… it is quenching and full of fruity aromas… a well-balanced wine” Jules Roiseux 2001

Silver Medal : Coupe des Nations 2008
Gold Medal : Coupe des Nations 2007
Silver Cup : Coupe des Nations 2004
Bronze medal : All Canada Wine Championship 2004
Bronze medal : All Canada Wine Championship 2003
Silver medal : Intervin International 2002
Gold medal : All Canada Wine Championship 2002
Silver medal : Intervin International 2001
Silver grapes : Concours vins et cidres du Québec 2001
Gold grapes : Concours vins et cidres du Québec 2000
Artisans Québécois : prize Sélections Mondiales 2000
Silver medal : Atlanta Wine Summit 1996
Bronze medal : Intervin International 1996

L'Orpailleur's restaurant and caterer Tire-Bouchon offers varied menus and all-inclusive tour packages. 


ECONOMUSEUM®

The vine and wine ECONOMUSEUM® houses fascinating objects that bear witness to ancestral savoir-faire such as a wooden hand-operated wine press, demijohns, baskets, bush hooks and hoes. Archaeological artefacts from Parks Canada, such as bottles and plates from the end oh the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century, enrich the vineyard's traditional collection.

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