Our winemaker, Simon Naud, started working on his parents’ vineyard at the age of 14. From 1986 to 1996, alongside his father, he learned to cultivate the vine, understand its afflictions, and threats, to better protect it and achieve a stable, viable, and profitable production. Graduated in Rural Engineering from the Institute of Agri-Food Technology in Saint-Hyacinthe, he took over his parents’ vineyard in the fall of 1996.
Self-taught and passionate about research, Simon has been vinifying his wines since his first vintage in 1997 until today. He develops his own pruning techniques and reflects on the management of his vines based on grape varieties, soil types, climatic conditions, and the topography of different plots in La Bauge.
His research trips have led him to visit several cold-climate wine regions, including:
His numerous conversations with winemakers and researchers worldwide have led him to better understand the vinification of northern grape varieties or those adapted to cool climates. He has been a speaker at various conferences, including Vitinord, a global symposium on northern viticulture, where he shares his knowledge and observations with winemakers and colleagues.
Simon was elected to the board of directors of the CVQ, the Conseil des Vins du Québec, in 1998. He served for twenty beautiful years, the last four as the first vice-president.
For over 25 years, and every year, he conducts his own winemaking experiments through multiple micro-vinifications, parallel to the wines he produces for the market, aiming to better understand each parameter of winemaking and the typicity of the grape varieties he cultivates to express only the best.
In 2016, he gave a new direction to his vineyard by turning towards more environmentally friendly viticulture. With an organic certification for the entire estate, his research now pushes him towards regenerative viticulture. Principles based on ecology, soil vitality, plant resilience, and knowledge sharing.