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. Here is a short list: Léon Courville, vigneron, Domaine du Ridge, Vignoble du Ruisseau, Vignoble Clos Ste-Croix and Domaine Dumont. It is best to book in advance.
At Vignoble de l’Orpailleur, the winegrower’s economuseum as well as the outdoor interpretation trail allow you to learn more about the viticulture and the winemaking in Quebec.
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 winemaker will introduce you to grape picking in a relaxed and festive atmosphere. A tasting of the wines as well as a deli and cheese platter will follow the activity. Reservations are mandatory. Contact Domaine du Ridge for more details.
- At Vignoble Bromont, the harvest activity will be held on September 25 from 9 a.m. and includes a BBQ dinner, a wine tasting and a musical performance at the end of the day. $ 25 / person, reservation required.
Visiting the vineyards can whet your appetite, many of the vineyards offer epicurean activities during the grape harvest.
- The Vignoble du Ruisseau in Dunham presents the «Bistro sur braise» open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 4:30 pm. The vineyard will also be holding thematic dinners on September 11, 18, 25 and on October 2nd.
- You can also treat yourself at the restaurant Tire-Bouchon on the Orpailleur vineyard site.
- Wood-fired pizzas are available from Tuesday through Sunday at Vignoble Gagliano, no reservation required.
- The Vignoble de la Bauge is offering wine and food pairings with “Prestige Tastings” packages on Saturdays and Sundays.
- The Domaine du Ridge puts together local products on a platter to share.
- At Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise, a package include a cheese platter to share.
HAVE A PICNIC AMID THE VINES
Most of the vineyards along the Wine Route have picnic tables where you can enjoy an outdoor feast. These vineyards include, among others, Léon Courville, vigneron, Vignoble La Grenouille, Vignoble Domaine Bresee, Val Caudalies, Vignoble Gagliano and Vignoble Bromont. The latter two can also prepare a picnic basket for you if you reserve in advance.
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 event “Autumn in Sutton” which takes place at Mont SUTTON from September 11 to October 11.
DISCOVER AN OUTDOOR ART GALLERY
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.
From September 17 to 24, the Léon Courville, vigneron vineyard will host the exhibition “Dans l’Esprit des Vignes”. It will be possible to admire the work of the painter Muriel Faille installed in the vineyard.