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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.

Vignoble Les Vents d'Ange

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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.

La Belle Alliance

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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.

Léon Courville

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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.

Vignoble de la Bauge

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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.

Vignoble La Grenouille

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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.

Vignoble de l’Orpailleur

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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.

Le Vignoble du Ruisseau

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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.

Vignoble de l'Ardennais

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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.

Les Vignes des Bacchantes

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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.

Vignoble Pigeon Hill

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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.

Clos Saragnat

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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.

Vignoble Les Vents d'Ange

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.

La Belle Alliance

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.

Léon Courville

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.

Vignoble de la Bauge

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.

Vignoble La Grenouille

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.

Vignoble de l’Orpailleur

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.

Le Vignoble du Ruisseau

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.

Vignoble de l'Ardennais

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.

Les Vignes des Bacchantes

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.

Vignoble Pigeon Hill

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.

Clos Saragnat

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.

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