7 Quebec wine tours to drink with your friends this summer


Even though it may seem so far away hot weather is come back … eventually. And when the invigorating rays of the sun shine on the province once again, many of you will undoubtedly be grabbing a bottle of wine to relax in the park.

Great, I love the wine in the park too. But how about stepping up a bit this summer and savor the combination that is nature and wine, as God really intended? And you don’t even have to venture very far to take part in a wine-centric journey.

Indeed, Quebec is full of vineyards around (or close enough to) Montreal, which you can take a day or two to check out. With vineyards so close, it’s almost a crime not to take a wine tour this summer, connoisseur or not.

The Montérégie Wine Route

Although this is a somewhat new wine region, with many vineyards in operation for only thirty years, the Montérégie region is still more than capable of producing stellar wines. And you can discover them all along the Montérégie Wine Route.

Stretching over a distance of approximately 175 km, from Saint-Étienne-de-Beauharnois to Saint-Hyacinthe, this wine route showcases the best vineyards in the Montérégie. In about three days (the recommended duration for the route), you will be able to discover about 4 to 6 of the sixteen wineries in the region.

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The triangle

One of the three organized circuits that make up the Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route. The “Triangle” is a three-day trip that takes you to ten different vineyards, each specializing in different creations. Rather picturesque route which will allow you to immerse yourself in nature, the path also allows you to discover a multitude of orchards and arborists who cultivate and make delicacies which will match perfectly with your wines.

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The one-day visit to the Eastern Townships

If you’re not a big wine lover and looking for a solid introduction to the Quebec wine scene, then this wine tour may be your best option. Lasting a single day, the tour will take you to three vineyards in the Eastern Townships with tasting workshops included in the itinerary. Best of all, you’ll be accompanied by a professional guide who will lead you through each vineyard, making sure you have someone around who can answer all of your questions.

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Tour La Balade, Bromont, Cowansville

Another of the circuits described as part of the Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route, this particular route is ideal for those who wish to brighten up their oenological getaway with more adventure. A water park, a mountain bike trail, a golf course and many other outdoor activities are easily accessible by this particular course, as is the Bromont Chocolate Museum and several spas. Of course, you’ll always be visiting the wineries, with five on the go-to list throughout this two-day tour.

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Full-day wine tour with cheese tasting

Pick up directly from downtown or Old Montreal, this full-day tour is about condensing the luxury of a wine adventure into an eight-hour trip. The tour group definitely gets the job done, where you’ll be whisked to three different wineries, take part in a tasting workshop, and even receive a gourmet cheese snack as well as a gourmet lunch to accompany you throughout the day. There is also a half-day excursion for those who can only work in the afternoon.

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The Stretch Wine Tour

Five vineyards are on the program, just the trip to the Brome-Missisquoi wine tour is a feast for the eyes. People who like to keep things GMO-free will be happy to hear that three of the wineries scheduled are certified organic, which will definitely make a difference when it comes to taste.

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The Eastern Townships Wine Route

Benefiting from a varied landscape filled with rivers, valleys, lakes and mountains, the Estrie region is also home to a range of magnificent vineyards. On this particular route through the Estrie region, you will take a wine journey that will take you to 7 local wineries, all specializing in their own styles, flavors and types. Note that this is more of a “do it yourself tour” so there is no strict itinerary. Just follow the road and head to as many wineries as you want!

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