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.
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
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
Ferme Guy Rivest, QC 2018 Crème de fraises et camerises Silver
Domaine Acer, QC N/V Val ambré bronze
Vignoble du Marathonien, QC 2017 Vendange Tardive Silver
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
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