Hugh Faulkner admits he and his wife Jane stumbled into their winemaking success. After 14 years as an MP for Peterborough, Ont., seven of those as a Liberal cabinet minister, and another decade in the aluminum business, Faulkner decided what he really
wanted was to “own some land and live in the country.” In 1990, the couple moved to Provence, France, and purchased a 55-ha vineyard, Le Grand Cros. Much to their surprise, the Faulkner’s vines produced two award-winning vintages in the first year. “Here was a property that had potential,” says Faulkner, 69.
Today, Grand Cros’ Rosé Esprit de Provence is recognized as one of the region’s best-not only by France’s top wine magazines, but also by Buckingham Palace. Faulkner’s wine was served to the musical performers, including Sir Paul McCartney and Bryan Adams, at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Now, that calls for a toast. M. S.
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