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:

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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 the Vignoble du Ruisseau, the grape harvest experience is offered to club members.
  • On October 3, the Vignoble Bromont invites you to participate in a festive harvest day.
  • Saturday, September 12, the Château de cartes, vignoble & cidrerie organizes a public harvest day. (FULL)
  • September 19 and 26 and October 3rd, 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.
  • September 19, 20, 26 and 27, Vignoble Domaine Bresee invites you to participate in a festive harvest day. The day includes grape picking, lunch, a bottle of wine and a souvenir glass. The cost per person is $25. Limited space available (50 people per day). Reservations are mandatory.

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 and Vignoble du Ruisseau. It is best to book in advance.

Wine tasting outside

Some vineyards offer wine tasting platters that you can enjoy between the vines or on a terrace. This activity is offered at Vignoble de la Bauge,  Vignoble du Ruisseau and Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise.

Satisfy your cravings

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

  • New! The Vignoble du Ruisseau in Dunham presents the «Bistro sur braise» open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.
  • You will also be able to treat yourself  at  the restaurant Tire-Bouchon on the Orpailleur vineyard site. The vineyard will be hosting a small market with local producers.
  • The Vignoble de la Bauge is offering wine and food pairings with “Prestige Tastings” and “Terroir Platter” packages on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • The Domaine du Ridge puts together local products on a 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 les Trois Clochers, Vignoble Domaine Bresee, La Belle Alliance, Vignoble Gagliano and Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise. 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 12 to October 12.

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.