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Wine Lover's Guide to Quebec

By Viator, April 2018

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Quebec’s passion for fine wine likely stems from its French heritage, but with frosty temperatures and a tough terrain to contend with, it has taken a while for the province’s wine industry to find its feet. Today, however, Quebec’s wine scene is flourishing—here are a few ways to experience it.
 
Must-Try Varietals
Wine production in Quebec is focused on the southernmost parts of the province in areas around Montreal and Quebec City, such as Montérégie, the Eastern Townships, Centre-du-Québec, Lanaudière, and the Lower Laurentians. As in much of Eastern Canada, cold winter temperatures mean hardy hybrid grape varieties designed to withstand winters in North America dominate the vineyards. Frontenac, maréchal foch, and seyval are all commonplace, though Old-World varietals, such as chardonnay and cabernet franc, are also present.
 
In addition to white, rosé, sparkling, and red wines, Quebec is also famed for its production of fruit wine and ice wine, a sweet and syrupy dessert-style wine made by harvesting and pressing naturally frozen grapes.
 
Must-Do Experiences
  • Visit traditional wineries and artisanal food producers on the Island of Orleans (Ile d’Orléans).
  • Learn wine-tasting techniques and enjoy a gourmet lunch and cheese tasting during a wine tour around Quebec wine country near Montreal.
  • Take part in an ice wine cocktail-mixing class during a winter ice-wine tour.
  • Follow the dedicated Wine Route, which links about 20 of Quebec’s top wineries in the Brome-Missisquoi region.

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Small-Group Quebec Wine Tour from Montreal with Optional Gourmet Lunch and Cheese Tasting, ... 
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Small-Group Quebec Wine Tour from Montreal with Optional Gourmet Lunch and Cheese Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 81 Reviews

Delight your taste buds on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Montreal to Quebec wine country. Choose either the afternoon tour or the full-day tour, and ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.78
Island of Orleans Food and Drink Tour, Quebec City, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Island of Orleans Food and Drink Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Discover the flavors of l'île d’Orléans (Island of Orleans), located in the Saint Lawrence River east of downtown Quebec City. Your guide will pick ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.86

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