Blue Gypsy Wines is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Louis Gaal and Claire Faguy. Six years in the making, our fruit winery opened its doors in October 2011 in Oxford Mills, Ontario, about 45 minutes south of Ottawa, 90 minutes from downtown Montreal, and 2 hours north of Syracuse, NY. Our farm is open to visitors from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in November.
Our Ottawa-area winery is situated on ten acres of fertile, pesticide-free farmland, formerly part of an 1800s apple orchard. We are currently planting a wide variety of fruits so that Blue Gypsy Wines will be able to grow most of the fruit it uses–making it a truly local fruit wine product. To date, we’ve planted cherries, plums, pears, Asian pears, cider apples, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants, and rhubarb.
In keeping with our low-impact approach to fruit-wine making, Blue Gypsy Wines will try to operate completely off-grid, but may connect eventually to feed surplus energy back into the grid. The winery’s building is constructed of metal for minimal maintenance, has radiant (in-floor) heating, and will be powered by a combination of solar panels and wind turbines, and a generator.