What to know when planning your trip
In general, it is best to plan a visit to no more than 3 or 4 wineries in the course of a day. Most individual visits take 30 to 45 minutes. For those wineries that offer a guided tour allow at least an hour per visit.
The price of a tasting varies from one winery to another. You may want to check details in advance of your arrival.
The wineries are open seven days a week from June 24 to Thanksgiving weekend. It is preferable to reserve in advance if you want to join a guided tour.
During the Winter and Spring seasons (from November to May), it is preferable to confirm their opening hours before setting off.
Along The Wine Route, the grape harvest usually takes place from mid-September to mid-October. All sorts of activities take place at this time and it is the busiest season on The Wine Route. Note that some wineries give visitors the chance to participate in the harvest but advance reservation is required.
• A cooler to transport your purchases
• An agreed designated driver
• A bottle of water per person to avoid dehydration
A paper version of The Wine Route road map can be found inside the free Brome-Missisquoi tourist guide. This can be found at Tourist Office and at most businesses in the area. You can also download the Wine Route Map
For a really informative visit to The Wine Route you can join one of the guided tours offered by the Kava Tours company. No need to drive as Kava Tours provides guided minibus tours of the wineries. Departures are available from Montreal and Bromont.
For those who prefer to travel at their own speed Kava Tours also offers a self-guided option which includes tasting coupons and winery information.
Brome-Missisquoi is a beautiful area for cycling. Many of the circuits on our bike map pass wineries, notable the « La doyenne des vignes » loop. In addition, numerous local lodgings offer cycling packages and may be certified « Bienvenue Cyclistes », guaranteeing a safe place for your bike amongst other services. There is also a Taxi-vélo service available.
The Taxi-Vélo is a taxi for bikers – to get them back to base. This service is available all along the designated bike trails, every single day, around the clock. You don’t have to book in advance. Just call and a taxi will come to pick you up within the hour. The vehicles can carry 3 cyclists and their bikes. The cost is $45 for the first 30 kilometres and $1.70 for every kilometre thereafter.
To order a Taxi-Vélo-Rando, call : 1 877 766-VELO (8356)
Vignoble de l’Orpailleur and Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise have a restaurant service on site. Vignoble Gagliano offers picnic baskets with a crusty baguette, cheeses and other local food items. Vignoble de la Bauge offers a light lunch made with local products. Many vineyards have picnic tables for their visitors. You can also check the list of restaurants who are Friends of The Wine Route using this link.
• Avoid wearing perfume or aftershave which could mask the bouquet of the wine;
• Do not chew gum;
• Ask questions;
• Taste light and dry wines first, followed by the younger and less strong wines and finish with the liqueurs and forfitied. Repeat those steps for the white, rosé and red wines;
• Eat something between visits.