Harvest season on La Route des vins

Grape-harvesting season runs from September to October and is the time of the year when vineyards take on a festive atmosphere. You will truly enjoy being in the Eastern Townships at this particular time. Here are a few reasons to plan your next trip:

 

 

GET A BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR

During the grape harvesting season, some vineyards will offer guided tours. Domaine du Ridge, Domaine Girouard, La Belle Alliance, Vignoble du Ruisseau, Léon Courville, vigneron, Val Caudalies, Vignoble Clos Ste-Croix, Vignoble de la Bauge, Domaine ValBrome, Vignoble Gagliano and Union Libre cidres & vins all offers guided tours. It is necessary to book in advance.

At Vignoble de l’Orpailleur, in addition to the guided tour, the winegrower’s economuseum as well as the outdoor interpretation trail allow you to learn more about the viticulture and the winemaking in Quebec.

 

PRIVATE TOURS WITH SOMMELIER

The Kikico company offers private tours for groups up to 8 people. The tour includes private tastings accompanied by a sommelier guide. You will visit the pioneer vineyards of Quebec by criss-crossing the panoramic roads between orchards and mountains of the Dunham region, passing through the picturesque village of Frelighsburg. These half-day or full-day excursions depart from Montreal or the Eastern Townships. Monday to Friday until October 28. Reservation required.

JOIN THE GRAPE HARVESTING

 

During grape harvesting season, you can immerse yourself in the experience by taking part in vineyard grape picking activities. Contact the vineyards directly to make a reservation.

– At Domaine du Ridge, the “Le Vendangeur” and “Le Fouloir” packages are offered during harvest weekends. You will be introduced to grape picking in a relaxed and festive atmosphere and women are invited to crush the grapes with their feet in the traditional way. Reservation required.

Léon Courville, vigneron in Lac-Brome invites you to participate in the harvest on Sunday, October 2 and end the day with a meal and an evening of storytelling. Reservation required from September 1st.

– In Sutton, the Vignoble Domaine Bresee also offers the possibility to participate to the harvest, including a meal. Details to come.

-From September 17 to October 10, you can attend the grape press and ask all your questions to the winemaker at Vignoble l’Ardennais in Stanbridge East.

Vignoble Bromont, auberge et boutique invites you to participate in the harvest on Saturday, September 24. BBQ lunch, wine and intimate concert. Reservation required. Limited places.

GOURMET DELIGHTS

Visiting the vineyards can whet your appetite, many of the vineyards offer epicurean activities during the grape harvest.

–  The Bistro on ember of Vignoble du Ruisseau is open Wednesday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

–  The Vignoble de l’Orpailleur restaurant, Le Tire-Bouchon, will be open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Fridays when the restaurant closes at 8 p.m.

–  Wood oven cooked pizzas are available from Wednesday to Sunday at Vignoble Gagliano, no reservation required. They also offer picnic boxes upon reservation.

–  The “Prestige Tasting” at Vignoble de la Bauge offers food and wine pairings with local flavors on Saturdays and Sundays between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

–  The Domaine du Ridge‘s “Le Curieux” package includes a board of local products to share.

–  At Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise, one of the packages includes a platter with cheeses, rillettes, pâtés, sausages and berries.

–  The Vignoble l’Ardennais collaborates with Comptoir Moutarde for a happy hour on September 1 and menus on September 10 and 17 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are made by email at info@vignoblelardennais.ca. Visit their Facebook page for more details. In addition, on September 3-4, 24-25, 31 and October 1, local cheeses served with baguette bread, apples and grapes from the vineyard will be available for tasting.

 

HAVE A PICNIC AMID THE VINES

Most of the vineyards along the Wine Route have picnic tables where you can enjoy an outdoor feast. If you want a turnkey option, Vignoble Gagliano, Château Saint-Agnès, Vignoble Bromont (from Thursday to Sunday),  Domaine du P’tit Bonheur, Domaine Girouard, Vignoble l’Ardennais, le Domaine du Ridge (weekend picnic),  Ferme Cidricole Equinoxe, Rumeur affamée de Dunham, La Famille Buvette de village and La Mie Bretonne bakery offer picnic baskets by reservation.

 

ENJOY FALL FOLIAGE SEASON

The region’s vineyards are even more dazzling during the fall colors. For a short hike, Val Caudalies suggests a walking trail on its magnificent estate. Also, enjoy the fall at the Fall Festival  which takes place at Mont SUTTON from September 17 to October 16.

Every Saturday and Sunday from September 3 to October 9, the Vignoble de l’Orpailleur invites you to its small market that you can visit with a glass in hand. Live music every Saturday.

When you go to Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise in Dunham, you will discover the largest outdoor sculpture exhibit in Quebec and unique in Canada. Over 150 pieces of art can be seen throughout the gardens of the vineyard.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 9
Theme dinner “vinifera and mycology” at Le Vignoble du Ruisseau. Reservation required.

SEPTEMBER 11
4 course seated culinary experience including guided tour and cocktail at the Château Ste-Agnès. Details.

SEPTEMBER 15 at 6 pm
Documentary “Balade sur la rivière Yamaska sud-est” in French follow by a musical performance with “Barefoot on grass” at the Domaine du P’tit Bonheur.

SEPTEMBER 17
Dinner at the cider house Ferme cidricole Equinoxe with the Chef Oli. Details.

SEPTEMBER 23

Happy hour with musical performance by Dombelo at Domaine du P’tit Bonheur

OCTOBER 1ST
Winery Dinner at Vignoble du Ruisseau. Reservation required.

OCTOBER 8
4 course seated culinary experience including guided tour and cocktail at the Château Ste-Agnès. Details.

OCTOBER 15 AND 29
Winery Dinner at Vignoble du Ruisseau. Reservation required.

NOVEMBER 12 AND 16
Winery Dinner at Vignoble du Ruisseau. Reservation required.

To make the pleasure last, extend your stay with one of our accommodation packages.

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