Throughout September and October, Quebec wine growers invite the public to hit the road and head to local estates to enjoy a range of activities and celebrations connected to wine. Here are our suggestions for events and vineyards to add as stops on your trip:
Gourmet route package
Interested in cruising around Cantons de l’Est to discover the region’s unique gastronomical products? This package features an itinerary of tastings at two of the region’s vineyards, one microbrewery and three gourmet stops. This low-cost deal is great for lovers of good food and good wine.
Cost: $28, tax included, for two people
Region: Eastern Townships
Want to lend a hand harvesting grapes this fall in Quebec?
As the season draws near, harvests will begin in many vineyards around Quebec. Reserve early!
1. Domaine Breese vineyard
Located in Sutton, in Estrie, the Domaine Breese vineyard offers grape-picking and celebratory activities during the day in a festive atmosphere. Check the weather report, then reserve your day in advance for participating in the harvest and a group dining experience, including camp fire and a glass of the estate’s wine!
When: September 14, 21, 28 and October 5
Reservations are mandatory
2. Domaine St-Jacques vineyard
Wine grower Yvan Quirion, the owner of Domaine St-Jacques and the President of the Association des vignerons du Québec, will personally welcome you to this guided visit of his vineyard, storehouse and cellar, including a tasting of his wines: Classique Blanc, Rosé de St-Jacques, Sélection Rouge, Réserve Rouge, Réserve Blanc, Vin de Glace Blanc and Rouge de St-Jacques.
Harvests start with the picking of the Lucy Kuhlmann and Maréchal Foch varieties, which are used for creating the estate’s rosé. Feel like helping out? Reserve a place now, and when harvest time arrives you’ll be made part of the estate’s team of grape pickers, who will teach you how to cut grapes. After spending a day in the fields, including lunch, you will be invited to the storehouse to see how the grapes are transformed into wine. Reserve now!
When: September and October
3. Isle de Bacchus vineyard
Located in the heart of Île d’Orléans, the Isle de Bacchus winery is an ideal place for enjoying the harvests close to Quebec City—you’ll love the estate’s spectacular decor and unobstructed view of the Saint Lawrence River. The vineyard supplies everything you need to participate in the harvest, as well as a lunch that includes wines produced by the estate.
Since this vineyard is a favourite in the region, places for volunteer grape-pickers go quickly.
When: October 5 and 6
Cost: $30 plus tax
Region: Quebec City (Saint-Pierre-de-l’Île-d’Orléans)
Info: isledebacchus.com (website in French only)
4. Saint-Thomas vineyard
Located in Lanaudière, Saint-Thomas vineyard allows the public the opportunity to participate in their grape harvests. To join in the fun, become a fan of their Facebook page: The vineyard uses its page to announce when you can join their team of grape-pickers, this activity being highly weather-dependent.
When: End of September
5. Rivière du Chêne vineyard
The popular Rivière du Chêne vineyard invites wine lovers to experience the harvest every year between September and early October. Breakfast, a training session, grape-picking, a guided visit of the vineyard and wine tastings are part of the day’s program. An unmissable event in the region!
When: September 21, 22, 28 et 29, and October 5, 12, 13 and 14
Region: Lower Laurentians (Saint-Eustache)
Even if you can’t make it out to any of these activities, you can always raise a glass to winemakers from chez nous with a gorgeous Quebecois wine!