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11 Wineries Worth the Drive From Montreal

These local vineyards deserve the day trip

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Quebec’s relatively young wine production industry has been turning heads of late. Paving the way are buzzy vineyards like Pinard et Filles and Les Pervenches, whose creations tend to sell out almost immediately upon release. Unfortunately, these producers aren’t currently open to the public (save for the odd pop-up event), but there are a number of others — Vignoble de la Bauge, Léon Courville Vigneron, and La Belle Alliance, among others — that are. This map collects those worth-discovering wineries that do offer wine tastings and pick-ups, making for the perfect day trip from Montreal.

Note: Check the winery’s website or social media page for hours of operation, programming changes, and on-site availability before planning your visit.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vignoble Les Vents d'Ange

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839 Chem. Principal, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac
QC J0N 1M0, Canada
(450) 623-4894
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One hour west of Montreal, Vignoble Les Vents d’Ange will be offering tasting and experience packages from September 1 to October 31. The ownership’s daughters are poised to eventually take over this family-run affair, but in the meantime they’re naming wines after women in the family. No reservations necessary, though it is recommended to check their website for updates.

2. La Belle Alliance

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239 Chem. de Fulford, Shefford
QC J2M 1B2, Canada
(450) 539-0880
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History buffs may recognize the name of this winery as the Belgian farmhouse that served as Napoleon’s main headquarters during the Battle of Waterloo. The setting just outside of Waterloo, Quebec, is stunning, with vines found atop the area’s rocky soils. The family-run operation practices a “minimalist intervention” philosophy, encouraging the grapes to produce miracles without much mechanical or chemical manipulation.

3. Léon Courville

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285 Chem. Brome, Fulford
QC J0E 1S0, Canada
(450) 243-0266
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Overlooking Lac Brome, this vineyard offers more than just breathtaking views of the Brome Valley. Spanning close to 40 acres, the vines were planted in 1999 as part of the property owner’s post-retirement career and passion project. Tastings are set at $10 per person for three wines and an optional guided tour of the property can be reserved for just $20.

4. Vignoble de la Bauge

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155 Av. des Érables, Brigham
QC J2K 4E1, Canada
(450) 266-2149
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Wine lovers may want to spend a little extra time here, to walk through the orchard, meet the farm animals, or scout the property as a future wedding venue. Tastings go for $12 a person for five wines or $22 with some food on the side. Tip: look out for its recent collaboration with Les Beaux Jus, available online and in outlets across Montreal.

5. Vignoble La Grenouille

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434 Chem. Plouffe, Cowansville
QC J2K 3G6, Canada
(514) 583-2193

This expansive winery changed hands in the spring of 2021, after being bought over by a young East End Montreal family. The new owners have big plans for the site, but in the meantime, visitors can sample three of its products, each taking the name of “frog” in a different language. Tip: Its “Rana” wine is produced using a grape called l’Acadie Blanc, somewhat of a rarity in Quebec.

6. Vignoble de l’Orpailleur

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1086 Rue Bruce, Dunham
QC J0E 1M0, Canada
(450) 295-2763
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One of the pioneers of Quebec’s wine industry, Vignoble de l’Orpailleur set up shop in the fertile Dunham Valley in 1982. The vineyard offers over a dozen varieties of wine, as well as an extensive food menu to complement your on-site dégustation. Reservations recommended.

7. Le Vignoble du Ruisseau

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4500 Chem. Strobl, Dunham
QC J0E 1M0, Canada
(450) 538-3782
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Found at an altitude of almost 300 metres, Le Vignoble du Ruisseau uses geothermal technology to maintain temperatures through the coldest months of the year. Moreover, its systematic approach to harvesting grapes allows it to produce a wide range of products including chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir, merlot, and more.

8. Vignoble de l'Ardennais

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158 Chem. Ridge, Stanbridge East
QC J0J 2H0, Canada
(450) 248-0597
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Nestled on a hill off a spectacular tree-lined street, this Stanbridge East gem attracts visitors from all over for its full-bodied and aromatic wines, available to taste for $8 per person. There is an ample selection to choose from at its on-site boutique, and with the option to walk the grounds at your own leisure, it’s a great spot to discover some of the region’s best wines.

9. Les Vignes des Bacchantes

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653 Chem. Brownlee, Hemmingford
QC J0L 1H0, Canada
(514) 452-1405
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Situated in idyllic Hemmingford, Les Vignes des Bacchantes’s 40,000 vines span over 40 kilometres and its boutique is housed in a near 200-year-old building. Its wines range from fruity and delicate — blending Seyval Blanc and Vidal grapes — to a light and flavourful pinot noir that can be enjoyed as part of a tasting or by the bottle.

10. Vignoble Pigeon Hill

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395 Chem. des Érables, Saint-Armand
QC J0J 1T0, Canada
(450) 248-2531
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Hand-built by a fifth-generation farmer, this winery stands out as a leader in producing organic wines in southwestern Quebec. Specializing in Frontenac noir, Frontenac gris, and Marquette grapes, its wines pack quite the punch, with a couple of its products aging in oak barrels for a period of 12 months. Reservations are required.

11. Clos Saragnat

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100 Chem. de Richford, Frelighsburg
QC J0J 1C0, Canada
(450) 298-1444
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Located on the outskirts of Frelighsburg, mere minutes from the Vermont border, Clos Saragnat is perhaps best known as the birthplace of ice cider. Stop by the boutique to pick up the latest releases of sparkling cider and enjoy a bottle on its sprawling European-style property.

1. Vignoble Les Vents d'Ange

839 Chem. Principal, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, QC J0N 1M0, Canada

One hour west of Montreal, Vignoble Les Vents d’Ange will be offering tasting and experience packages from September 1 to October 31. The ownership’s daughters are poised to eventually take over this family-run affair, but in the meantime they’re naming wines after women in the family. No reservations necessary, though it is recommended to check their website for updates.

839 Chem. Principal, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac
QC J0N 1M0, Canada

2. La Belle Alliance

239 Chem. de Fulford, Shefford, QC J2M 1B2, Canada

History buffs may recognize the name of this winery as the Belgian farmhouse that served as Napoleon’s main headquarters during the Battle of Waterloo. The setting just outside of Waterloo, Quebec, is stunning, with vines found atop the area’s rocky soils. The family-run operation practices a “minimalist intervention” philosophy, encouraging the grapes to produce miracles without much mechanical or chemical manipulation.

239 Chem. de Fulford, Shefford
QC J2M 1B2, Canada

3. Léon Courville

285 Chem. Brome, Fulford, QC J0E 1S0, Canada

Overlooking Lac Brome, this vineyard offers more than just breathtaking views of the Brome Valley. Spanning close to 40 acres, the vines were planted in 1999 as part of the property owner’s post-retirement career and passion project. Tastings are set at $10 per person for three wines and an optional guided tour of the property can be reserved for just $20.

285 Chem. Brome, Fulford
QC J0E 1S0, Canada

4. Vignoble de la Bauge

155 Av. des Érables, Brigham, QC J2K 4E1, Canada

Wine lovers may want to spend a little extra time here, to walk through the orchard, meet the farm animals, or scout the property as a future wedding venue. Tastings go for $12 a person for five wines or $22 with some food on the side. Tip: look out for its recent collaboration with Les Beaux Jus, available online and in outlets across Montreal.

155 Av. des Érables, Brigham
QC J2K 4E1, Canada

5. Vignoble La Grenouille

434 Chem. Plouffe, Cowansville, QC J2K 3G6, Canada

This expansive winery changed hands in the spring of 2021, after being bought over by a young East End Montreal family. The new owners have big plans for the site, but in the meantime, visitors can sample three of its products, each taking the name of “frog” in a different language. Tip: Its “Rana” wine is produced using a grape called l’Acadie Blanc, somewhat of a rarity in Quebec.

434 Chem. Plouffe, Cowansville
QC J2K 3G6, Canada

6. Vignoble de l’Orpailleur

1086 Rue Bruce, Dunham, QC J0E 1M0, Canada

One of the pioneers of Quebec’s wine industry, Vignoble de l’Orpailleur set up shop in the fertile Dunham Valley in 1982. The vineyard offers over a dozen varieties of wine, as well as an extensive food menu to complement your on-site dégustation. Reservations recommended.

1086 Rue Bruce, Dunham
QC J0E 1M0, Canada

7. Le Vignoble du Ruisseau

4500 Chem. Strobl, Dunham, QC J0E 1M0, Canada

Found at an altitude of almost 300 metres, Le Vignoble du Ruisseau uses geothermal technology to maintain temperatures through the coldest months of the year. Moreover, its systematic approach to harvesting grapes allows it to produce a wide range of products including chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir, merlot, and more.

4500 Chem. Strobl, Dunham
QC J0E 1M0, Canada

8. Vignoble de l'Ardennais

158 Chem. Ridge, Stanbridge East, QC J0J 2H0, Canada

Nestled on a hill off a spectacular tree-lined street, this Stanbridge East gem attracts visitors from all over for its full-bodied and aromatic wines, available to taste for $8 per person. There is an ample selection to choose from at its on-site boutique, and with the option to walk the grounds at your own leisure, it’s a great spot to discover some of the region’s best wines.

158 Chem. Ridge, Stanbridge East
QC J0J 2H0, Canada

9. Les Vignes des Bacchantes

653 Chem. Brownlee, Hemmingford, QC J0L 1H0, Canada

Situated in idyllic Hemmingford, Les Vignes des Bacchantes’s 40,000 vines span over 40 kilometres and its boutique is housed in a near 200-year-old building. Its wines range from fruity and delicate — blending Seyval Blanc and Vidal grapes — to a light and flavourful pinot noir that can be enjoyed as part of a tasting or by the bottle.

653 Chem. Brownlee, Hemmingford
QC J0L 1H0, Canada

10. Vignoble Pigeon Hill

395 Chem. des Érables, Saint-Armand, QC J0J 1T0, Canada

Hand-built by a fifth-generation farmer, this winery stands out as a leader in producing organic wines in southwestern Quebec. Specializing in Frontenac noir, Frontenac gris, and Marquette grapes, its wines pack quite the punch, with a couple of its products aging in oak barrels for a period of 12 months. Reservations are required.

395 Chem. des Érables, Saint-Armand
QC J0J 1T0, Canada

11. Clos Saragnat

100 Chem. de Richford, Frelighsburg, QC J0J 1C0, Canada

Located on the outskirts of Frelighsburg, mere minutes from the Vermont border, Clos Saragnat is perhaps best known as the birthplace of ice cider. Stop by the boutique to pick up the latest releases of sparkling cider and enjoy a bottle on its sprawling European-style property.

100 Chem. de Richford, Frelighsburg
QC J0J 1C0, Canada

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