Return to Terroir (also known as La Renaissance des Appellations) is not only the name of a wine event happening in Montreal this Wednesday (February 29th), it’s also the name of a movement. Its purpose is to “guarantee the full expression of each AOC,” and it unites winemakers who farm biodynamically and make wine that best represents their terroir. There are about 175 members of this exclusive club, who come from around the world and must abide by a charter.
Return to Terroir was established by Nicolas Joly, a French winegrower who owns the estate Coulée de Serrant in the Loire Valley. He is an especially passionate advocate of biodynamic wine production. Return to Terroir was just in NYC, and you can get a sneak preview of Nicolas Joly’s approach in this post over at Dr. Vino.
More than fifty winemakers will be in Montreal this week for the Return to Terroir tasting on Wednesday. It’s open to the public from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. You need to buy tickets in advance, which you can do here.
There are several other related events happening this week as well. Tonight, several winemakers, including Nicolas Joly himself, will be pouring their wines at Chez Victoire (details here). Others will be further south at Pullman, and there’s also a film about biodynamics called l’Esprit du Vin being shown at Cinéma du Parc. On Wednesday night, several of the winemakers will be around to pour their wine at the SAT Food Lab.
It’s an exciting week for Montreal wine lovers!