Québec boasts nearly a hundred vineyards in about 15 regions across Québec producing still, fortified, sparkling and organic wines. Hybrid grape varieties able to resist temperatures down to -30°C were created to weather Québec’s harsh winters.
The province’s main white grape varieties include the Cayuga, Eona, Seyral, Vidal and about a dozen more, while its core red varieties include the Chancellor, De Chaunac, Maréchal Foch, St. Croix and a dozen more. Over half of Québec’s wineries are found in the two tourist regions that produce the most wine, namely the Eastern Townships and Montérégie. Various wine routes enable you to discover the secrets of viniculture and oenology. Explore any of these wine routes and meet enthusiastic winegrowers that will be thrilled to share their passion and knowledge with you. You’ll be sure to make fantastic discoveries and meet warm, friendly people. Québec’s wineries harvest their grapes in September, with many picking activities held during this time. Moreover, several other winery activities are organised year-round.
Québec Ciders an applelicious delight!
Québec has become a world leader in the art of cider making. Its unique products and international reputation are a point of national pride. Québec boasts over 30 high-quality cider houses. The Montérégie region is Québec’s main cider-producing area thanks to its high concentration of orchards.
Québec cider and cheese pairings
Nothing goes better with our cheeses and cheese-based recipes than Québec cider, which comes in five main varieties. Most people are familiar with light (1.5% to 7%) and strong (7% to 13%) still ciders. According to the Our cheeses website, low-alcohol ciders go well with mild cheeses like Le Noble, Le Délice des Appalaches and Presqu’île. Cheeses with a more pronounced flavour like Le Fleurmier de Charlevoix, Le Rang des Îles and Le Gré des Champs are also recommended. And of course, strong cider complements strongly flavoured cheeses, such as Le Riopelle de L’Isle, Le Ciel de Charlevoix and Alfred Le Fermier. Many cheese makers and cider mills open their doors to the public, so visitors can learn about how the products are made—and even taste them! Furthermore, special routes guide interested gourmets to these producers: The gourmet routes of Québec and The Montérégie Cider Route give you the opportunity to find out more about the talent and expertise we have here in Québec
Cidrerie Michel Jodoin
1130, Rang Petite Caroline, Rougemont, QC J0L 1M0
T. 450 469-2676 micheljodoin.ca
Located on the Rougemont hill side, the Michel Jodoin cider house will make you discover by all your senses a great family tradition of apple and cider making going back to 1901. By passing our doors, you will have access to the heart of the production where you’ll hear, smell and see the different ways of making cider without forgetting the first legal micro-distillery of apple in Canada. All is followed by a cider tasting that will make you fall in love all over again with the forbidden fruit! You can also come over to work on your cardio, alone, with good company, and even with man’s best friend in our natural hiking trail where you can breathe in the fresh air, listen to the bird and watch the sun rays passing through the branches! Complete your hike with a crackling cider on our terrace! Opened year round, 7/7, our personnel will great you with a smile for a visit a tasting, and a hike. Our unique and audacious products, well known in Québec and elsewhere in the world, will stimulate your palate and make you want even more!
Photo_Mathieu Dupuis — Côte Nord (Manicouagan)