Here are some suggestions for activities that will make your getaway on the Route des Vins unique.
Picnics are the perfect way to enjoy the countryside and the warm weather. You’ll be happy to know that most Brome-Missisquoi vineyards have picnic tables on their estates. All you have to do is stop by the region’s many different agritourism businesses to stock up on provisions and complete your lunch menu with a fine bottle of local wine.
You don’t have the time to assemble your own feast? No worries, several local businesses, including: Gagliano Vineyard, the Château Saint-Agnès, Vignoble Bromont winery, the Domaine du P’tit Bonheur, the Domaine Girouard, the Vignoble l’Ardennais, the Ferme Cidricole Equinoxe cidery, the fine food grocery store Rumeur affamée de Dunham and the bakery La Mie Bretonne all offer complete baskets upon reservations. The Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise,the Domaine du Ridge and Vignoble du Ruisseau (Monday and Tuesday only) propose some delicious cheese and charcuterie platters.
If you prefer a warm meal, you’ll be well served at the Bistro on embers and the gourmet dinners prepared at the Vignoble du Ruisseau. You’ll also love the Gagliano Vineyard’s pizza baked in a wood-burning oven, the Vignoble de l’Orpailleur’s restaurant Le Tire-Bouchon, and the country-type meals “De la ferme à la vigne” du Château Sainte-Agnès.
Guided Visits and Activities
For those who wish to go beyond tastings, the Domaine du Ridge, Domaine Girouard, La Belle Alliance, the Vignoble du Ruisseau, Léon Courville, vigneron, Val Caudalies, le Vignoble Clos Ste-Croix, Vignoble de la Bauge, the Domaine ValBrome, the Vignoble de l’Orpailleur,the Galiano Vineyard and Union Libre Cidres et Vins all offer guided visits with a reservation.
Every autumn during the grape harvesting period the Domaine du Ridge in Saint-Armand invites women to participate in the traditional grape treading activity. This activity is carried out in a festive ambiance and includes complimentary rosé. Contact the vineyard for more information. You can also take part in the iconic grape harvesting activity at Léon Courville, vigneron and at Domaine Bresee.
The Vignoble de l’Orpailleur in Dunham, proposes an accompanied field tour with a guide during which you’ll taste different wine selections, learn more about wine history, viticulture and vinification, and one of you will have the pleasure of sabring a bottle of L’Orpailleur sparkling wine.
Finally, if you have children, they’ll love visiting the Vignoble de la Bauge’s animal park.
Strolls and Art in the Vineyards
In Dunham, the Val Caudalies vineyard offers 5 kilometres of trails where you can admire the Green Mountain Range as well as Pinacle Mountain! For a unique experience, head out here while the apple trees are in full bloom during the spring or during the grape veraison period. Still in Dunham, the l’Orpailleur Vineyard invites visitors to take the very interesting and lovely outdoor interpretation trail and the Vignoble Clos Ste-Croix also invites visitors to head out on their vineyard trails. A ballad is also a must at the Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise vineyard where every year more than a hundred works of art are exhibited in all four corners of the estate. At the Domaine du P’tit Bonheur in Cowansville, the event Parole et Poésie is held every last Thursday of the month during the summer months.
— Comptoir Moutarde’s Wine & Tacos Summer Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 23
— Comptoir Moutarde’s Wine & BBQ Summer Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 28
DOMAINE DU P’TIT BONHEUR
— Paroles & Poésie.
June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29 and October 27
— Storytelling evening with Ceuzes-là and Raôul Duguay
FERME CIDRICOLE ÉQUINOXE
— Supper at the orchard. 4-course meal from Comptoir Moutarde with cider pairings
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VIGNOBLE DU RUISSEAU
— Winery dinner. 5-course gastronomic meal. Visit website for the menus
October 1, 15 and 29 and November 12, 19 and 26.
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