History

Along The Wine Route you will find Quebec’s two longest established vineyards. Discover their history.

 

Le Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise

The first and oldest vineyard still in operation in Quebec started in 1981 with the planting of three grape varieties: Maréchal Foch, Seyval blanc and Pinot noir.

In the spring of 1983 the first bottles of red and white were put on sale, albeit totally illegally!

It was only in 1985 that 5 vineyards received an official permit but with such restrictive conditions that production was hindered rather then helped. Over the years however, the hard work and determination of the winemakers has enabled the winery to achieve a competitive quality of product along with well deserved recognition for their wines.

Today the estate cultivates 25,000 vines in a 7.5 hectares area.

 

Vignoble de l’Orpailleur

The story of this vineyard begins in 1982. The name Orpailleur, suggested by the Quebec poet Gilles Vigneault, means seeker of gold, in reference to the many gold-bearing rivers of the Eastern Townships.

The winemakes adapted a wine-growing technique from northern Europe and Russia namely to earth up the vine stocks in the autumn and expose them in the springtime. In the autumn of 1985, their very first harvest resulted in 15,000 bottles. Today more than 175,000 bottles are produced annually on 20 hectares.

 

Vignoble de la Bauge

La Bauge is a family farm that became a vineyard in 1986, when Mr. Alcide Naud planted some 5,000 of the first Seyval Blanc vines. The third-oldest vineyard in the area, and sixth-largest in the province of Québec, La Bauge has been run since 1996 by the youngest member of the family, Simon Naud, an avid vintner who has traveled and studied throughout the world in his efforts to become a master in the art of winemaking! The vineyard has gradually increased its production over the years and it now extends over more than 7 and a half hectares. The Bauge is a great place to stop, either by yourself, with friends or as a family, to taste quality wines, have a picnic, discover home-grown products from our terroir, go on a horse-drawn carriage tour or see the animal park!

 

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