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JEAN-BENOIT DESLAURIERS


 

Head Winemaker Benjamin Bridge

In 2008 Jean-Benoit Deslauriers joined the Benjamin Bridge winemaking team. It took the winery two years to find there winemaker. The same year The Benjamin Bridge vineyards were officially certified organic. He was also release his first Canadian wine, Nova 7. Since then, in consultation with Peter Gamble and Raphaël Brisbois, Jean-Benoit has crafted every one of the wineries wines, sparkling and still.

Born in the province of Québec, Jean-Benoit began his winemaking apprenticeship at VOE (Vinedos Organicos Emiliana), a biodynamic vineyard/winery in Chile's Colchagua Valley. VOE was created by one of Chile's largest producers, Vina Santa Emilina, with the goal of producing exceptional wines.

Jean-Benoit's career burgeoned in California, where from 2004 to 2008 he made wine at Casa Barranca, the first certified organic winery in Santa Barbara County. His winemaking efforts garnered praises and standout reviews from Robert Parker and Steven Tanzer (who scored one of his vintages a 90+).

The story of Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, Benjamin Bridge and Sparkling wines has been a Canadian Sucesss story. The wines are amazing acheieving world wide acclaim

Beppi Crosariol, renowned wine critic for the Globe and Mail, declares our 2004 Méthode Classique Brut Reserve “a sparkler that rivals Champagne” and “one of the best Canadian wines I've tasted”.

Benjamin Bridge's 2008 Méthode Classique Rosé was selected for inclusion in an event held during the 2012 London Olympics.

The Gaspereau Valley Benjamin Bridge winery was founded in 1999 by Gerry McConnell and his late wife Dara Gordon

Their wines can be found in Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island

 

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