A Family Estate
Putting heart and soul into cultivation
For seven generations, soon to be eight, the Bresee family have been cultivating land in the Sutton area. Richard, the owner of Domaine Bresee, comes from a long line of farmers. The love of cultivation, therefore, runs in his veins! From the time Richard was 15 years old, he has worked the land of his ancestors with great pleasure, a land that first belonged to his father, Winston.
Richard raised fifty Charolais cows without growth hormones or drugs. Originally from France, these beef cattle graze the family fields three seasons per year. But this herd was not enough for Richard!
In 1997, when he was only 23 years old, Richard sought to buy 255 acres (103 hectares) of land that was owned by his father, Winston Bresee who had originally purchased the land in 1983 from Paul A. Webb. Richard remembers many expeditions he made in his youth on the property, inventing stories and adventures, discovering stone walls and foundations of old buildings…
Richard then had an idea of great magnitude to revitalize the land… After building a house for his family and preparing the ground, he planted his first vines in 2001. Not that he wanted to become a winemaker; rather, he enjoyed growing grapes which he intended to sell to local wineries.
But life is unpredictable and, fortunately, offers many wonderful surprises! Richard fell in love with the new culture and the opportunities it offered. He became a true grape grower and began to turn the fruit into divine drinks! Hence, the grape varieties that now grow on the family land, such as Sainte-Croix, Vandal-Cliche, Saint-Pépin, Seyval Noir, Vidal, Gamay, Frontenac Blanc and Frontenac Noir are what led Richard on this journey to becoming a true winemaker.
The uniqueness of Domaine Bresee
Family reigns! Indeed, what a beautiful natural playground for Richard’s four children who, like their father, are always on an adventure! Also in the heart of the vineyard is a small natural pond stocked with rainbow trout that visitors can feed. “There is nothing that makes me happier than people who picnic in our vineyard and come back from the pond to tell us that the fish had splashed them,” says Richard.
If the stopover is a longer one, the ancestral family home can also serve as a guest house. Located on the banks of the artificial pond, a kilometer from the boutique, the chalet is powered by solar panels. The opportunity to ‘disconnect & reconnect’ is certainly a possibility in this great home away from home.