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“Very unique place ... but expensive” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chapelle Ste Agnes Vineyard

Chapelle Ste Agnes Vineyard
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Sutton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: DESCRIPTION: Located in the Sutton Mountains of southern Quebec, the Chapelle Ste Agnès vineyard was established in 1997 by Henrietta Antony, a Montreal antique dealer and is family-owned. The vineyard is named after a stone chapel built several years earlier on the same site and consecrated to Saint Agnes, a thirteenth century Bohemian saint. The vineyard which also offers lodging year around, has almost 7000 vines and is focused on the production of icewine and other dessert wines and a limited amount of white table wine and rosé. Built on a steep hillside with massive stone walls supporting 18 terraces, the rows of vines follow the gentle curve of the hillside, creating a veritable amphitheatre. The cellars of the Chapelle Ste Agnès vineyard are a large medieval style underground complex, where temperature and humidity are almost constant year round. The cellars consist of four underground levels, and feature a number of stone barrel and cross vaults that were built by a master stone cutter from France and by vault masters from southern Moravia. In order to build these vaults, dozens of varying and specialized forms needed to be constructed. The end result is a medieval style cellar complex dedicated to the production and storage of our wines. The vineyard is located about 1 hour 20 minutes from Montreal, just a couple of miles north of the Vermont border. We are also located in the Eastern Townships which is a beautiful part of Québec and offers many interesting and tasty restaurants, B&B's, is home to many high-end craftsmen and artists, and provides a wonderful playground for sports enthusiasts. DISTANCE from: Montreal 111 Km 69 miles 1HR 20MIN Burlington 116 Km 72 miles 1HR 15MIN Boston 400 Km 249 miles 4HR New York 639 Km 397 miles 6HR 30MIN. ACCOMMODATIONS: New in 2015: you can also stay at the vineyard in one of our Rooms or Suites (min 2 days stay). Please refer to our website for more info. VISITS: Visits are possible year-round and they are always guided. IN SEASON: From JUNE 1st until the end of OCTOBER, every WEDNESDAY and SUNDAY at 1:30pm, we have our classic 2-hour "Open Tours". Anyone can attend and NO RESERVATION is required. Plan on a pleasant 2-hour visit to learn about the Romanesque stone chapel, vineyard, medieval cellars and to participate in the wine tasting. COST: Visits cost $20 (taxes included) per person , or $30 per person when including a wine tasting session of several vintages. NOTE: If you are a group of a minimum of 8 persons, you may like to make a reservation for a private visit according to your schedule. This tour must be booked ahead of time by email or by telephone. It also lasts 2 hours and the fees are $20 and $30 as above. Please call or email us to make arrangements. If one shows up on the estate, in season (June1 to end October), at any other time between 10am and 5pm without a reservation, you have an excellent chance of partaking in a shorter 30 minute "Mini Tour and Wine Tastings" at $10 (taxes included) for the visit only, or $20 per person when including a wine tasting session of several vintages. IMPORTANT: An exception to our capability to offer the "Mini Tour" would be some Saturday afternoons as the estate does host private events, particularly weddings. Should you have any further questions on planning an event or regarding accommodations at the vineyard, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to our vineyard in the near future! Chapelle Ste Agnès Vineyard - John Antony
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Quebec City, Canada
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“Very unique place ... but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

The place is really unique, with a chapel containing rare historical pieces, an impressive domain to visit. But we were a bit surprised to hear the cost of the visit, which we had forgotten to ask: just as we were about to leave, we were told that we had to pay 25 $ per person for a 90 minute visit ...

Visited October 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Good but pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012

The vineyard was beautiful, although the tour cost was a high - $20/ person. The ice wine they produce is very good, but they didn't have any of their wines in stock. Overall, it is worth a tour, if only for the uniqueness and beauty of what can only be called an Estate.

Visited October 2012
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Scarborough, Maine
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“Very Unique Winery Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

We were in Sutton during the off-season (November), but the owner’s son, John, graciously agreed to give a modified version of the tour and tasting to just the two of us (we had sent an E-mail inquiry in advance). It was one of the highlights of our visit to the Eastern Townships.

The grounds and buildings are simply stunning (seeing them covered in fresh snow didn’t hurt any, either). The buildings are visually impressive both architecturally and due to the interior decorating. Interesting, exquisite antique pieces are everywhere.

After touring the castle and cellars, we had our tasting and sampled three ice wines, which is their specialty. I am not normally a big fan of ice wine, but thought all of these were quite good. We ended our tour with a visit to the lovely chapel.

While the wine sampling was certainly enjoyable, I think the real treat of this winery visit was the tour of this unique property. It was definitely worth the time and money to us.

Visited November 2011
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Longueuil, Canada
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“Would not return”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

We visited the winery and the positive things I can say are the ice wine was delicious, the scenery was beautiful and the weather was sunny and warm for October. On the negative side, the owner constantly referred to her larger-than-life dreams to expand her property with cellars and a castle, how she has run out of money ... how she has run out of money ... and how she has run out of money! We almost expected her to pass a collection plate while showing us the lovely chapel she had built several years ago.

There was no organization and our tour seemed all over the place. We felt as though the groups they put together were with too many people. Mid-tour, we were huddled into two rooms for one small glass each of two kinds of wine (we were told this was all they had left) and if we wanted to make a purchase, we had to buy any bottles right then and there before leaving the rooms. We were then led to visit a few floors below, storage cellars and left on our own to wander around. We eventually just left the premises and said to ourselves what the heck was that?

Visited October 2011
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Montreal, Canada
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“COmpletely unexpected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

There are lots of vineyards in this part of the Eastern Townships but this one is truly unique. You have the impression of being in Europe because all the buildings have been built of stone in a very traditional way, the cellars have been carved out of sheer rock and the chapel looks like it could be hundreds of years old. The tour takes about 90 minutes ($15) if you include the tasting (optional for an extra $10) and includes a look at all the buildings as well as the beautiful site and the cellars and vineyard itself. Note that you cannot just turn up - if you are a group of 6 you can pre-book otherwise you have to join an open tour run on Sundays and Wednesdays at 1.30pm. On the day we went there were a lot of people and the tour was run in both English and French which was a little tedious at times but still worth it. Their speciality is a sweet wine worth bearing in mind as regards the tasting.

Visited July 2011
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