Quebec’s passion for fine wine likely stems from its French heritage, but with frosty temperatures and a tough terrain to contend with, it’s taken a while for French Canadian wine to make its mark and the region’s oldest winery dates back to just 1981. Today Quebec's wine industry is flourishing, with dozens of wineries dotted around the St. Lawrence River valley between Quebec City and Montreal and around 40 grape varieties grown in Quebec Wine Country. Wine tours of Quebec have also become a popular activity for tourists, offering the chance to explore the scenic vineyards and sample top local wines like Seyval Blanc, Vidal, Maréchal Foch and De Chaunac. There’s even a dedicated Wine Route, which runs for around 140 km through the Brome-Missisquoi region and links together 21 of Quebec’s top wineries.
Touring Quebec’s wineries isn’t only a summer pastime – the region is also world-renowned for its unique ice wine and cider, a seasonal specialty made from grapes frozen on the vine. The popular winter beverage is served at bars and restaurants around Quebec, but an even more atmospheric way to try it is to take an Ice Wine Tour from Montreal, including exclusive vineyard tours, ice wine tasting sessions and an ice wine cocktail-mixing class.