François Morissette
VIGNERON

BORN IN LACHINE, MONTRÉAL IN 1962, FRANÇOIS MORISSETTE FIRST DEVELOPED A FASCINATION FOR WINE AT AGE 17, AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT HE MOVED TO MONTRÉAL.

There, he devoured French classics; in literature, art and film. The French films he fell in love with often portrayed people consuming wine unpretentiously and with abundance—out of water glasses from bottles bearing no labels.

A year later, thinking he might want to become an actor, he was accepted into a three-year theater program, but dropped out after only a few months to pursue a life “lived on the road.” With fifty dollars in his pocket, he left Montreal with a one-way Greyhound bus ticket to Vancouver. For the next 5 years, he spent life as a gypsy, traveling from Vancouver to San Francisco, where he squatted for a time in the Fillmore district, while spending his days hanging out in the Haight-Ashbury. In 1986, the final year of his 5-year gypsy travels, he found himself in Burgundy, France, where he worked a full harvest season for Alain Gras in St. Romain.

Upon returning to Canada, he took a job at a restaurant where he was able to immerse himself in Montreal’s then burgeoning food and wine culture. Though accepted into university in 1988, François decided instead to “drop it all” and set off to New York to pursue an “artistic journey.” He spent a summer drawing live models and going to museums before joining a program that would ultimately garner him certification in the “Alexander Technique.” While living in New York for the next four years, he studied alternative healing systems and became an avid practitioner of meditation. He commuted by bike daily from Astoria/Queens to Manhattan, taking in modern dance performances whenever time allowed. Of New York, Francois says, “That city remains one of my biggest life mentors to date.”

After returning to Montreal, François continued teaching the Alexander Technique while working at LaLoux Restaurant for 5 years. This proved to be a fateful time for François, as the natural wine movement of Montreal was flourishing and LaLoux was the movement’s ground zero.

Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself… follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”– Allen Ginsberg

It was here that he began to train his senses diligently. He grounded himself at this time by pursuing Tai Chi with an older Chinese Master. He continued practicing Tai Chi for a decade and still considers it to have had a tremendous effect on his relationship to the world.

He met his wife, Monique, in 1993; the same year that he became a Sommelier. By the year 2000, François returned to Burgundy to work harvest at Domaine Jacque-Frederic Mugnier in Chambolle-Musigny. “I fell in love with being a Vigneron!”, François says of that time. He convinced Frederic Mugnier to hire him full time, and Monique joined him in Burgundy where he lived and worked for the next 7 years.

In 2007, François and Monique, now with three boys of their own, returned to Canada’s Niagara region of Ontario, where François met Mel Pearl and together, they founded Pearl Morissette, one of Canada’s most esteemed wine brands.

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Block 1A

Acres: 0.82

Variety: Pinot Noir

Clone: Proprietary

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block 1B

Acres: 0.47

Variety: Pinot Noir

Clone: Proprietary

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block 2

Acres: 1.20

Variety: Chardonnay

Clone: Proprietary

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block 3

Acres: 1.19

Variety: Pinot Noir

Clone: Proprietary

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block 4

Acres: 0.93

Variety: Pinot Noir

Clone: Proprietary

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block 5A

Acres: 0.72

Variety: Pinot Noir

Clone: Proprietary

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block 5B

Acres: 0.62

Variety: Chardonnay

Clone: Proprietary

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

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Block A1

Acres: 0.98

Variety: TBD

Clone: TBD

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block A2

Acres: 0.97

Variety: TBD

Clone: TBD

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block A3

Acres: 0.97

Variety: TBD

Clone: TBD

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block A4

Acres: 0.71

Variety: TBD

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Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

Block A5

Acres: 0.98

Variety: TBD

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Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

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Acres: 0.97

Variety: TBD

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Rootstock: 420A

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Block A7

Acres: 0.83

Variety: TBD

Clone: TBD

Rootstock: 420A

Spacing: 4' X 3'

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Block MV1

Acres: 0.156

Variety: CF

Clone: Heritage

Rootstock: St. George

Spacing: 8' X 4'

Block MV2

Acres: 0.506

Variety: CS

Clone: Heritage

Rootstock: St. George

Spacing: 8' X 4'

Block MV3

Acres: 0.078

Variety: TBD

Clone: TBD

Rootstock: St. George

Spacing: 8' X 4'