Wine Lover's Guide to Quebec
Quebec’s passion for fine wine likely stems from its French heritage, but with frosty temperatures and a tough terrain to contend with, it has taken a while for the province’s wine industry to find its feet. Today, however, Quebec’s wine scene is flourishing—here are a few ways to experience it.
Wine production in Quebec is focused on the southernmost parts of the province in areas around Montreal and Quebec City, such as Montérégie, the Eastern Townships, Centre-du-Québec, Lanaudière, and the Lower Laurentians. As in much of Eastern Canada, cold winter temperatures mean hardy hybrid grape varieties designed to withstand winters in North America dominate the vineyards.Frontenac,maréchal foch, andseyvalare all commonplace, though Old-World varietals, such aschardonnayandcabernet franc, are also present.
In addition to white, rosé, sparkling, and red wines, Quebec is also famed for its production offruit wineandice wine, a sweet and syrupy dessert-style wine made by harvesting and pressing naturally frozen grapes.
Visit traditionalwineries and artisanal food producerson the Island of Orleans (Ile d’Orléans).
Learnwine-tasting techniquesand enjoy agourmet lunchandcheese tastingduring a wine tour around Quebec wine country near Montreal.
Take part in an ice wine cocktail-mixing class during awinter ice-wine tour.
Follow the dedicatedWine Route, which links about 20 of Quebec’s top wineries in the Brome-Missisquoi region.