Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry. Since 1999, it has been committed to creating distinctive wines that rival the world’s finest. Set in Hillier, Ontario, the estate is over 30 acres of south facing, limestone-rich soil under vine; planted high density to the classic Burgundian-varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with small yields, French-inspired vinification and careful barreling in 100% French oak. But more than that, it is a place of great inspiration.
Viticulturalist (and iconoclast) Deborah Paskus is one of Canada’s most celebrated winemakers. Deborah uses innovative viticultural techniques; she is devoted to dirt – rich, pesticide-free and pure as possible. The vineyards are farmed organically and moving towards biodynamics. Deborah wants what is placed in the bottle to represent as natural an expression of the vineyard as possible.
Closson Chase, in addition to it’s estate grown wines, produces both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards it leases in the Niagara Peninsula. It’s tasting room is housed in a century-old barn that has been totally restored with a twenty-first century flair. In 2007 Closson Chase opened a new, gravity-fed, state of the art production facility with two underground barrel rooms that are climate controlled using geothermal heating and cooling. Now at a production volume of 3,000 cases a year, the winery’s ultimate goal is 5,000 cases annually.
In August, 2009, world renowned wine authority and Master of Wine, Jancis Robinson, singled out Closson Chase Vineyards as “arguably (one of) the two finest producers in Ontario” and selected Closson Chase Vineyards 2007 South Clos Chardonnay as her wine of the week.
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