Are you a bit of a wine connoisseur? Maybe a very serious wine connoisseur? Have you ever dreamed of owning your own winery? Not just any winery but an established, attractive, extremely well-built enterprise complete with the highest quality Italian & Canadian brushed stainless-steel equipment, acres of mature vines, in a beautiful country-setting with a panoramic view? This is your rare chance!
Gillis of Belleisle has won several National Awards at the Canadian Wine Championships including the following.
2011 – Premium Red won Bronze, Premium Red and Honey Rose both won Silver.
2012 – Cranberry Ceilidh won Gold.
2013 – Premium Red won Double Gold, Apple Crisp won Silver
Located at 1826 Route 124 Springfield, Gillis of Belleisle Winery is an established 9.1-acre hobby winery designed and built in 2002 and upgraded in 2016 with nothing but the best! Designed by architect Tom Johnson to resemble a 1940’s country store. Built to the highest standards by master-builder Reg Potter well-known for incomparable quality, catering to those with discriminating taste. This property has so much to offer; everything from a gentleman’s hobby to profitable business, event planning to charming restaurant or private residence. There are so many possibilities! What a stunning setting for weddings, retirement, stag, birthday and engagement parties, family reunions or cruise tour destination with the reopening of the busy cruise industry which has already started as they visit the nearby city of Saint John.
If it’s peace and quiet, you prefer this is a wonderful setting for a private home in the center of a scenic countryside. The perfect home site exists in the scenic 2-acre meadow located at the top of the vineyard surrounded on three sides by century-old deciduous trees with spectacular view of the surrounding valley towards Belleisle Bay overlooking the vineyard. Or winery building itself could be transformed into a gracious home with its soaring ceilings and character galore.
Approximately 7 acres of vineyard is lovingly maintained and precisely spaced to allow for easy access of cultivation. An abundance of grapes cling to vines over fencing under the warm Belleisle sun as they mature to fruition, all set to be picked this fall.
The winery itself is attractive from all angles, beautifully proportioned and inviting with its custom copper topped Coppola and copper weathervane. It’s very easy to see with a trained eye that no expense was spared here with the planning or construction. But most importantly super well-constructed to R2000 specification of rarely seen double walled construction (full outer walls and full inner walls). This means far above average insulation properties resulting in a cool interior in summer and easy to heat in winter. The electrical is underground with a 600-amp entrance with 3-phase power which allows it to be heated with industrial electric ceiling heaters. The extreme pitch of the roof allows for a complete and easy flow off of water keeping a dry interior. The main floor is 3300 square feet with a 750 square foot finished loft for storeroom overlooking the production line.
The winery is beautifully landscaped surrounded with mature blue spruce, hawthorn and pine and backed by century old maple and beech trees. Seasonally blooming shrubs include snowball, roses, hew, burning bush and wine & roses weigelia in a quiet, private setting with hand-laid brick terrace in the herringbone pattern provides an aged appearance surrounded by cedar hedge in the glorious sunshine. Off the terrace is the covered arbor with built-in seat and hand-laid brick flooring. Just another cozy spot to enjoy the scenery. White peonies, lilies and ornamental grasses complete the picture. The welcoming covered veranda is the perfect area to sit in the shade on a hot summer’s day as you sample your latest pour with friends and family.
The main entrance leads from the veranda to the tasting room or showroom. This room features solid wood bead board covered walls, terra cotta tiled floor in the herringbone pattern, wet bar with solid wood dove-tail construction cabinetry, solid surface countertop, sink, dishwasher, wine cooler, glass holder and wine displays. The highlight here is the gleaming stamped copper ceiling! A large plate glass window opens up to the production area highlighting the depth of the grape to glass process. Adjacent to the tasting room is the office also with copper ceiling, terra cotta floor tile and bead board full height covered walls. Windows here overlook the terrace and the vineyard. A hallway from the showroom leads to two washrooms, one for guests and one for staff.
Entering the production and crush pad area is nothing short of awe inspiring! Lined with gleaming highly polished brush stainless steel vats for red and white wine as well as one that can accommodate wine or beer, oak barrels and the finest in production equipment you know immediately you’ve entered a serious production facility of the highly in-tune amateur or professional. This imported production equipment is from Pesce, Mencorelli and Enoveneta in Italy and Criveller from Niagara Falls Canada and was added in 2016.
The following are included with this sale.
Jacketed tank capacity of 27,000 liters
Bright beer tank
3-phase centrifugal pumps
Micro bloc bottling line
Glycol cooling system
Alpha filter plate filter
Capsule crimper compressor
Capsular for sparkling wine
10,000+ Bottles of wine
2400 Empty bottles
8,000 Liters of non-bottled wine
License for 10,000 cases or 120,000 bottles maximum per year
Dishwasher, wine cooler, refrigerator, lab equipment, all tools required for the vineyard.
The barn measures approximately 30 ft x 45 ft and provides good dry storage for tools and equipment on the main floor as well as the loft. This barn has a newer metal roof and solid wood plank floor which is ideal for horses, ponies, donkey, etc. The 2-acre hayfield/meadow on the property is ideal pastureland if desired.
This property is centrally located for rural facilities. The Silver Maple Forest 2 km walking trail is located directly across the street providing scenic year-round trails for you and your dog. Both the elementary and middle/high school are within easy walking distance. The Fire Hall, community Centre are within 1.8km. If you enjoy swimming and/or boating Hatfield’s Point Wharf Belleisle Bay is also within 1.8 km. Boating doesn’t get any better than New Brunswick with hundreds of miles of deep-water inland waterways connecting Belleisle Bay to towns and cities across the province or through the Saint John Harbour to the Bay of Fundy and ocean beyond! The town of Norton is 11 minutes, Hampton is 20, Quispamsis/Rothesay is 32 and the city of Saint John is a 40-minute drive.
This idyllic property has so very many possibilities. This could be something you do yourself or it could be done with friends, family or business partners. The options are endless. Everything you need to simply open the door is included from winery to vineyard, tools to equipment, bottles to labels. You can continue with the Gillis of Belleisle name if you wish of use a name of your own. Your time is now, you deserve it! For more information or your private appointment to view please contact Katherine Bacon, Global Luxury Specialist by phone or text at 506-650-8575 or Charles Turnbull at 506-636-0748.