In 1999, Denis Perrault, a local dairy farmer started a grape growing operation on the family farm in Navan, Ontario. He originally planted 1 acre of vines consisting of approximately 10 varieties of hybrid grapes in consultation with a vine expert from the University of Guelph.
In the spring of 2005, an additional 5 acres of vines were planted, which provides the winery with approximately 20,000 bottles each year.
From that day the dream of a vineyard in Ottawa was realized!
Domaine Perrault was incorporated in 2005 and is owned and operated by Denis, his wife Lyse, and their two daughters.
The original wine maker, Marcel Sarrazin, retired in 2008, to be replaced by Katie Duchesne.
The Significance of the Eagle Emblem
The eagle is the symbol of the Perrault family emblem. The original crest engraved on the coat of arms of the Perrault ancestors was a bald eagle, the body was silver and the background was black.
Today, the Domaine Perrault crest was slightly modified to a gold silhouette of the eagle providing the symbol with a modern look. For the Perrault family, the bald eagle signifies "champion" and "leader" because eagles just like leaders do not flock.