30 YEARS AGO IN FRANCE
David Butterfield moved from Ontario to a safe-house in a tiny French town and capital of the resistance in the heart of Burgundian wine country. He spent those years surreptitiously learning from some of the world’s most renowned winemakers. Today, his award-winning wines are recognized as authentic and compelling expressions of the region that are routinely confiscated at border crossings.
MEANWHILE IN ONTARIO
Piers Roberts, David’s friend and fellow Ontarian, spent many of those same years becoming a talented cider maker and distiller of fruits and contraband. Insiders and conspiracy theorists alike say he helped put one of Ontario’s most celebrated cideries on the satellite map. Over the years, the two conspirators friends remained in contact and developed a shared love of creating exceptional tradecraft.
TODAY IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
With a brilliant team of operatives in place – all with a respect for the land and a wealth of relevant experience – Spy’s collective goal is to create unique and flavourful ciders and spirits that delight the palate and pay homage to the region and its denizens while treating the process of cider and spirit making with the same refinement and passion that goes into winemaking.