It is in October 2001 that we bought the orchard named Ferme Normandie at the time. The orchard belonged to Mr. Benoit Turcotte since 1989 and to his father Arsène before him since 1962. Mr. Arsène Turcotte had acquired the ancestral land of the Faucher family who lived on the farm from generation to generation for 300 years. It seems it was the last member of the Faucher family who planted the present-day orchard.
The Domaine de la source à Marguerite was named in memory of a popular belief in the village of Sainte-Famille: At the beginning of the colony (1685), Mother Marguerite Bourgeois, wanting to assist the teaching sisters (of the congregation Notre-Dame) who were out of water, made a spring appear…a spring that has never run dry…
Apples and grape vines have been grown in Sainte-Famille for some time. In 1809, the parish priest, Joseph Gagnon, had delivered from Montreal 12 apple trees and some grape vines from France. The orchard prospered so well that in 1918, one of Father Gagnon’s successors, Abbott Henri Martel, purchased wire to protect his 125 apple trees (extract from the parish archives of Sainte-Famille).
Mr. Louis-Philippe Turcotte (1842-1878), from the history of the Island of Orleans, in his book he notes: some of the products grown on the island are renowned in the entire country. The particular climate and the quality of the soil account for the superiority of the island products over those grown elsewhere in Lower Canada. Plums from the Island are remarkable for their sweetness and mellowness…
Domaine de la Source à Marguerite was founded in a spirit of continuity and innovation.
Continuity because we have kept the ancestral orchards (apple & pear) established by the Faucher and Turcotte families since many generations.
Continuity in the choice of the name we gave to the property, which makes reference to an oral tradition in the village of Sainte-Famille since 1680.
Continuity in the choice of the names for the wines we make, since they are all related to the village of Sainte-Famille or directly to our property.
Innovation, because we have transformed an old cement-block barn in a modern winery of 40 x 80 feet where we make our wines.
Innovation, for adding a vineyard of 8,000 grapevines to the property.
- In October 2001, we bought the property of 150 acres (orchards).
- In the spring of 2002, we started to plant the grapevines and pursued the venture each spring since.
- In the fall of 2002, we transformed a barn in a winery, where we now make our 12 wines.
- In the spring of 2003, we started to produce our ciders, aperitifs and liquors.
- In the fall of 2004, we harvested our first grapes. The process of winemaking can now start.
- In the summer of 2008, we added a nice covered-terrace in front of our old-fashioned boutique where you can now sit comfortably and drink our wines.
- In the fall of 2008, we started to make ice wine.
- In the winter of 2011, we added a large tasting bar in our old-fashioned boutique.
- In 2017, we started to make ice pear.
- And we have many more projects….