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GROWER CHAMPAGNE MONTH 2019
CHAMPAGNE

The Premier Grower Champagne Festival in Canada.

Pop goes the Bubbles! Premier Grower Champagne Festival in Canada.

01 – 30 June 2019
At participating Vancouver, Victoria & Whistler Restaurants.

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We love grower champagne for its sustainable farming practices, and the pure expression of vineyards and vignerons. If the beauty of the big champagne houses is the precision art of blending from grapes purchased across the region, the beauty of grower champagne is that each glass reflects the identity, origins, and high quality of viticultural practice and family identity.

Grower Champagne is
Becoming More Popular

These champagnes are made on a much smaller scale, by the people that own the land, work the soils, and tend the vines.

— Treve Ring

What is Grower Champagne?

What is grower champagne? Simply put, it’s champagne made from growers. These are wines of hand, human, and place, produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards where the grapes are grown. While it’s not true at all that grower champagnes are inherently better than other wines, they are inherently characterful, singular and relevant. These champagnes are made on a much smaller scale, by the people that own the land, work the soils, and tend the vines.

Why you should support Grower Champagne?

Beyond the fact that these wines provide incredible value for the region, grower champagnes celebrate variations in terroir and winemaking, aspects of wine that are fascinating and deserve to be highlighted in Champagne as they are in other regions. The winemaking history stretches back hundreds of years, as it does in nearby Burgundy. Many growers are 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th generation vine farmers and wine makers. They bleed bubbles.

Unlike the large Champagne houses, with extra-large marketing budgets, most of these vignerons are small, humble, family-owned and operated enterprises. These producers are dedicated to making the highest quality wines from their lands, but rarely have the marketing budget or time to promote themselves. Our aim is to champion these growers and provide a voice for them, allow them to share their stories, and show a world of Champagne not well known. These are wines with soul.

Since individual vineyard holdings are small, grower champagnes, by nature and default, focus on a certain region. Vineyards are generally clustered around a single or neighbouring villages, creating wines that reflect that village’s specific site and the grower’s specific style. These are wines of place.

As a group of producers, they are united by a shared approach and philosophy to make wines which reflect them and the terroir of their respective vineyards. We believe these are worthy attributes, and exceptional wines worth sharing.

Grower Champagne Month 2019

For the entire month of June we are popping corks and celebrating our favourite Champagne producers for the second edition of “Grower Champagne Month”! We have worked hard to curate a selection of great wines made by great vignerons. Each bottle of champagne we highlight this month has a family and a face behind the label, and we look forward to sharing their inspiring stories with you. We have partnered with retailers, importers, restaurants and wine bars across British Columbia to create a calendar of exciting tastings and events throughout the month!  We hope to expand our partnerships across the lower mainland, and internationally, so any interested groups are encouraged to get in touch!

For Press and Media: bubbles@growerchampagne.ca

DOWNLOAD Grower Champagne Press Release here:

Grower Champagne Month Celebrated in Canada this June – May 1, 2019

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Pop the Bubbles

The schedule

Vancouver

Date

Saturday 01 June

Saturday 15 June

Tuesday 18 June

Tuesday 18 June

Sunday 27 June

Event Launch Party Provence Marinaside Champagne Grand Tasting Four Seasons Hotel Champagne Master Class Provence Marinaside Champagne VIP Dinner Provence Marinaside Grower Champagne Tasting Legacy Wine and Spirits
Time 11am - 2pm Brunch 5pm - late Weiner Bar 4:00pm - 7:00pm Downtown Vancouver 10:00am - 1:00pm Yaletown 6:30 Reception Yaletown (604) 331-7900 Call store for Reservation
Description Grower Champagne 25% Off All Day Fundraising Event Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Trade by Invitation Only Educator - Treve Ring Private Dining Renowned Chef Menu Address 1633 Manitoba St, Van
Information (604) 681-4144 1177 Marinaside Crescent $85 per person (Eventbrite) 791 W Georgia St, Vancouver Beyond Grower Champagne: The shift to New Wave Négociants $195 (Eventbrite) Tax and gratuity included $40 per person

Email bubbles@growerchampagne.ca for Event Questions.

Vancouver

Date

Sunday 30 June

Every Saturday & Sunday in June

Event Farmer's Fizz After Party Ugly Dumpling Tableau Bar Bistro
Time 8:30 pm - Late Grower Champagne Brunch Starting 10:30 am
Description Secret Surprise Tasting A French-inspired Menu Use of fresh west-coast ingredients
Information (604) 258-0005 1590 Commercial Dr, Van (604) 639-8692 1181 Melville St, Van

Victoria

Date

Saturday 19 June

Saturday 20 June

Event Champagne Dinner Olo Restaurant Champagne Master Class Vessel Liquor
Time 6:30pm 2:00pm 1609 Fort St, Victoria
Description Call for Reservation Trade by Invitation Only Educator - Treve Ring
Information (250) 590-8795 509 Fisgard St., Victoria Beyond Grower Champagne: the shift to New Wave Négociants
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Grape Growers in the Champagne Region

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% Of All Vineyards Land owned by Independent Growers

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Speakers

“Champagne is appropriate for breakfast, lunch or dinner.”

Sommeliers

Treve Ring

Wine: writer, editor, judge, speaker, traveller

Treve Ring

Van Doren Chan

C’est la V & Ugly Dumpling

Van Doren Chan

Leagh Barkley

Wine Director

Il Caminetto

Leagh Barkley

Kyle Gartlan Close

Nimmo Bay Resort

Kyle Gartlan Close

José Luis Fernández

Hamilton Golf and Country Club

“I love drinking Grower Champagne because they can offer so many different styles depending on the producer, and they also have much more control on their own grapes and small production to show the true Terroir of a specific site or the natural characteristics of a specific grape variety.”

José Luis Fernández

Owen Knowlton

Restaurant Director + Wine Director

“I love the idea that my glass of bubbles was the result of one family’s passion and vision, I love looking for the little RM on the label certifying it’s Growers Champagne, and I love that they are ridiculously delicious.”

Owen Knowlton

Matthew Landry

Stable House

Matthew Landry

Kristi Linneboe

L’abattoir

Kristi Linneboe

Franco Michienzi

Elisa Steak House

“I drink grower champagne because I want to know the origin of the product I consume. Wines crafted by the people who grow the grapes allow for transparency and true sense of place.”

Franco Michienzi

Caroline Musselli

Sommelier

Caroline Musselli

Jill Spoor

Botanist - Wine Director

“Grower Champagne stylistically is so diverse and interesting, these are Champagnes that have character! I love supporting the small family owned Wineries that make these beautiful, hand crafted terroir driven Champagnes and often they cost less.”

Jill Spoor

Luc Trottier

Barefoot Bistro

Luc Trottier
Sponsors

Some of Our Favourites

Featured Grower Champagne

Grower Champagne are the little guys, they employ a small handful of staff, mostly made up of friends, family and neighbours.  They are all driven by passion for the land and quality of their wines.  Drinking grower Champagne gives you a chance to discover wine with a real sense of place and identity and the knowledge that you are supporting small local communities that are essential for the success of Champagne. Oh! and they are delicious. – Luc Trottier

Beauty of Grower Champagne

True Expressions of the Vineyards and Vignerons

We love Grower Champagne for it’s sustainable farming practice and the true expressions of the vineyards and vignerons. If the beauty of the big Champagne houses is the precision art of blending from grapes purchased across the region, the beauty of Grower Champagne is that each glass reflects the identity, true origins and the high quality of viticultural practice.

 

Santé! – Van Doren Chan

FOUR SEASON HOTEL GROWER CHAMPAGNE GRAND TASTING EVENT

Showcase a fabulous collection of Grower Champagne from France

Grand Tasting Event

Location

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 W Georgia St
Vancouver BC V6C 2T4 
Canada

Grand Tasting Event

Date and Time

June 15, 2019 (Saturday)
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Get in touch

Say Hello

For all press and sponsorship inquiries, please email celebrate@growerchampagne.ca or fill out this form. Thank you.