- Author: CHRISTIAN BARTHOMEUF
- Publisher: Edition du Passage
- Language: French
- Release date: 08/2020
- Number of pages: 232
- Dimensions: 15 x 23 cm
- Weight: 148g
- Format: softcover
- ISBN: 9 782924397725
In Self-Portrait of a Rebellious Peasant, the first book by Christian Barthomeuf, he looks back on his life journey, from his childhood in Cantal (France) to his arrival in Quebec in the 1970s, including the creation of ice cider in 1989 and the founding of the Clos Saragnat estate. With great generosity and without jargon, this self-taught rebel at heart gives us his thoughts and rants on the production of wine and cider, local and global agriculture, the excesses of the food industry, the importance of agricultural and general biodiversity, and through these themes, his learnings, his observations, his trials and errors, his creative impulses. Her story is guided by the interventions of nutritionist and lecturer Julie Aubé (Prise le champ!, 2016), and punctuated by superb photographs by Virginie Gosselin (Au gré des champs, 2015).
Born in 1950, Christian Barthomeuf spent his childhood summers in the Auvergne countryside in France. He emigrated to Quebec in 1974. In 1977, he bought land in Dunham on which he planted the first vines in the region which would become, in 1980, the Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoise, the first commercial vineyard in Quebec. In 1989, he invented ice cider, a product for which he obtained international recognition in 2008 with the award of a Grand Premio by the Museo de la Sidra in Spain. In the 1990s, he created the Chapelle Ste Agnès vineyard in Sutton, and also contributed to the success of the La Face Cachée de la Pomme and Domaine Pinnacle cider factories. With his partner, Louise Dupuis, he acquired land in Frelighsburg in 2003, marking the birth of Clos Saragnat. They produce exceptional straw wines, sparkling wines and ice ciders whose influence is now global. Today, the estate is also a research center specializing in viticulture and fruit vinification.
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