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Never let the climate stop you!!

Currently most of the grapes grown in Quebec are hybrids, grapes that are strongly adapted to a northern climate.

Quebec producers have had to adapt their crop to fit the harsh climate of Quebec. Much of what is produced in Quebec is based on hybrid grape varieties such as Vidal and Seyval as well as more exotic types. See more

Québec is a predominantly French-speaking province in eastern Canada with 2 vibrant cities in its south, connected by the Chemin du Roy highway along the Saint Lawrence River

It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay; to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay; to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the south by the province of New Brunswick and the U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. It also shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada's largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger.


Domaine de l'Ile Ronde

Quebec has three main climate regions. Southern and western Quebec, including most of the major population centres, have a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons having warm to occasionally hot and humid summers and often very cold and snowy winters. The main climatic influences are from western and northern Canada and move eastward, and from the southern and central United States that move northward. Because of the influence of both storm systems from the core of North America and the Atlantic Ocean, precipitation is abundant throughout the year, with most areas receiving more than 1,000 millimetres (39 in) of precipitation, including over 300 centimetres of snow in many areas. During the summer, severe weather patterns (such as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms occur occasionally. Most of central Quebec has a subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc). Winters are long, very cold, and snowy, and among the coldest in eastern Canada, while summers are warm but very short due to the higher latitude and the greater influence of Arctic air masses. Precipitation is also somewhat less than farther south, except at some of the higher elevations. The northern regions of Quebec have antarctic climate with very cold winters and short, much cooler summers. The primary influences in this region are the Arctic Ocean currents such as the Labrador Current and continental air masses from the High Arctic. The grape growing regions are of course in the south close to USA boarder.49° Latitude.

The four calendar seasons in Quebec are spring, summer, autumn and winter, with conditions differing by region. They are then differentiated according to the insolation, temperature, and precipitation of snow and rain.

The first licensees to operate vineyards in Québec were issued in the mid-1980s. Today, the five original winegrowers are joined by more provincial winemakers thriving on challenges. Recently Québec vintners sold 250,000 bottles of their hardy wines in one year. With a production last year of 70,000 bottles, l'Orpailleur is by far the market leader. At a 1992 international competition held in Montreal, the vineyard was awarded a bronze medal for dry white wine, a first for any Québec wine.

"L'orpailleur" means "the gold-panner" and in Québec where Arctic-like winters can bring bone-chilling temperatures as low as -30C along with several feet of snow, any effort to grow wine grapes commercially seems as unlikely to produce results as sifting dirt for riches. Despite the risks, "les vignerons québecois" have learned how to fend off the cold and produce attractive table wines. Their efforts have also produced an unusual twist to local tourism.

Most of the wineries in Quebec are small and can be found south of Montréal close to the border above Vermont. A few can be found on the north side of the ST Lawrence River towards Quebec city. Visiting the wineries can be interesting as they include maple sugar, jams, crafts and other products to compliment their income. Cider is very popular in Quebec.


Vignoble de La Riviere du Chene

Quebec wineries, cideries and meaderies did quite well at the 2019 All Canadian Championships

25 medals entered 80

Trophy, Best Dessert Wine of the Year

2017 Vin de Glace $30.00
Vignoble du Marathonien, Havelock, QC

Sparkling Wine-Traditional Method

Vignoble Domaine St-Jacques, QC     2014       Brut       Silver

Chardonnay $20.01-$30.00

Vignoble de L’Orpailleur, QC             2017       Chardonnay     Bronze

White Hybrid Blends

Vignoble Riviere du Chene, QC           2018       William Blanc     Gold

Single Red Hybrids

Domaine de Grand Pre, NS   2017       Castel  Gold

Fortified Fruit

Ferme Guy Rivest, QC             2018       Crème de fraises et camerises   Silver

Domaine Acer, QC                N/V        Val ambré          bronze

Late Harvest

Vignoble du Marathonien, QC            2017       Vendange Tardive       Silver

Cider

Cidrerie du Minot, QC             N/V        Brut       Double Gold

Cidrerie du Minot, QC         N/V  Crémant de pomme Rosé        Gold

Cidrerie du Minot, QC            N/V  La Croisée          Gold

Cidrerie Saint-Antoine, QC         2016 Brise Glace cuvée prestige          Gold

Cidrerie du Minot, QC            2014   Des Glaces – Récolte hivernale IGP            Gold

Cidrerie du Minot, QC          La bolée pétillante           Silver

Coteau Rougemont, QC          Bulles Rose Framboise   Silver

Coteau Rougemont, QC          FIZZ Pomme       $13.00   Silver

Cidrerie du Minot, QC          Crémant de glace             Silver

Coteau Rougemont, QC          N/V   FIZZ Framboise Bronze

Cidrerie Michel Jodoin, QC         2017  Cidre de glace rosé         Bronze

Mead

Hydromellerie du Vieux Moulin, QC          2017  Hydromel de Framboise      

Hydromellerie du Vieux Moulin, QC          2018  Hydromel Mousseux      Silver

Hydromellerie du Vieux Moulin, QC         2018 Hydromel Sec      Bronze

Hydromellerie du Vieux Moulin, QC         2017 Crémant de framboise  Bronze

Hydromellerie du Vieux Moulin, QC         2018 Hydromel de Bleuet       Bronze

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