Les Cretes

In the mid 1700s, Bernardin Charrère moved from the Haute Savoie in Southeast France to the Aosta Valley and established Les Crêtes, a mill and farm in Aymavilles. This was in the middle of the 21 square mile valley and in the heart of the wine region. In 1810, the family planted 2 hectares of vinifera grapes and the winery was born. The family still continues to craft wines from those vineyards to this day. It is the largest privately-owned winery in the region, but would be considered “boutique” in most other regions around the world.

Les Crêtes has been at the forefront of searching out rare, indigenous vinifera varieties and helping protect them from extinction. Grapes like Prie Rouge, Mayolet, Cornalin, Premetta and Fumin exist nowhere else in the world and Les Crêtes, along with the rest of the tiny vignerons in the region, have worked with the Italian government to preserve them. Les Crêtes is also spearheading research and innovation in the Aosta Valley. The extreme elevation, heroic vineyard work and particularity of the ancient, autocthonous vines making bringing in outside help difficult. This is one of the most challenging regions on earth to work for wine, with vineyards non-contiguous, planted frequently on ledges on the side of steep Alpine mountains where they can find a little sandy soil. Les Crêtes has consistently been recognized as the finest producer in the region and a destination spot for wine lovers to the Val d’Aosta.

At Buyers & Cellars, we are proud to be the first to offer this exciting, high quality winery in Canada and some of the only Aosta wines available in all of North America. We have been allocated small amounts of their finest bottles and look forward to sharing these rare Italian beauties with you.

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COVID19 Precautions

Buyers+Cellars Tasting Room is dedicated to keeping the Ottawa community safe by abiding by Health Canada recommendations and being as transparent about our procedures, if you have any questions about the following please feel free to contact curtis@buyersandcellars.ca 

  • We are open by appointment only to ensure we can maintain physical distancing
  • Appointments will be staggered, allowing 40 minutes between appointments to ensure sanitization
  • Our brand new kitchen is well ventilated and is cleaned and sanitized before opening, during service and when closing.
  • Our staff is equipped with proper gloves, face masks and sanitizers, and will follow social distancing rules
  • A freshly cleaned bottle of hand sanitizer will be provided for every new appointment
  • We have hand sanitizing stations at the entrance to our premises and at the entrance to our washroom facilities
  • Each group will be assigned to its own washroom 
  • There are touchless soap dispensers in all of our washrooms
  • After each seating, tables and chairs will be disinfected and washrooms will be disinfected and restocked
  • All glasses and bottles are sanitized before use
  • All cutlery is disinfected after being washed in our high temperature dishwasher
  • Only debit or credit payments will be accepted

For online orders and the Experiences Boxes

  • The Tasting Room strictly follows the City of Ottawa’s COVID-19 guidelines for restaurants to ensure our establishment is safe for our guests and staff. Below are a few examples of the steps we are taking; 
  • Each wine in your Experience box has been wiped with sanitizer prior to packing and all Experience boxes are put under a powerful UV light for added security
  • Pickups will take place just inside the TTR doors.
  • Deliveries: Our delivery drivers are equipped with gloves, masks and sanitizer to provide safe delivery for each new order. They have also been trained in safe social distancing door delivery protocols.
  • Payment must be made online prior to pickup or delivery.