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15 Aug

Wine and gourmet food getaways around Montréal

There are a number of wine routes to choose from around Montréal, whether for an afternoon getaway or a dreamy sleepover. Here are a few musts for epicureans to discover, starting with a day trip.

face-cachee-de-la-pommeLa Face Cachée de la Pomme – 617, Route 202, Hemmingford

Forty-five minutes from Montréal, start with a visit of Québec’s first ice cider producer, La Face Cachée de la Pomme. In operation for 20 years now, it is constantly innovating and developing new terroir products. In season, you can visit the facilities, picnic and sample numerous free products offered at the boutique.

salamandresDomaine des Salamandres – 196 Chemin de Covey Hill, Hemmingford

Only 10 minutes further away, enjoy a bucolic break, thanks both to the countryside and its location, the last refuge in the world for the mountain dusky salamander— hence, the name. Here, its friendly owners will treat you to their exceptional ice perries, pear ice wines and ice wines, which have often received awards from around the world.

vignoble-des-marathoniensVignoble du marathonien – 318, Route 202, Havelock

Hit the road and head west for another 12 minutes or so to get to the vineyard that produces the late harvest wine, voted best in the world in 2015 and which scooped up two gold medals at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition. In addition to picnic areas, other activities are offered in season, such as pick-your-own apples and guided group visits.

domaine-labrancheDomaine La Branche – 565 Rang Saint‑Simon, Saint-Isidore

About 30 minutes further, when you take the road heading back to Montréal, a stop-off at the Domaine La Branche is in order. For several generations now, the DesGroseilliers family has been proudly offering an array of seasonal gourmet experiences, including an apple shack and sugar shack. You can taste a number of products, including red and white wines, ice ciders and fire ciders as well as maple products in the form of wines and liqueurs.

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route-des-vinsDiscover The Wine Route

If you have some time, why not explore The Wine Route in the Eastern Townships, about an hour from Montréal? Here are a few ideas among the many possible circuits.

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Vignoble de La BAuGE – 155 Avenue des Érables, Brigham

It all starts with a unique and multisensory wine tasting experience in a family vineyard that will dazzle all five senses.

union-libreUNION LIBRE – 1047 Chemin Bruce (Route 202), Dunham

About 15 minutes east, you’ll discover the cider mill that invented fire cider, whose production and taste is unique to Québec. Enjoy a tasting of their many apple and grape-influenced libations produced on site, including ice ciders, sparkling ciders and still ciders.

pleasant-hotel-cafeLe Pleasant Hôtel Café1 Rue Pleasant, Sutton

It takes about 45 minutes to get to the village of Sutton to spend a memorable night in a chic yet cozy countryside setting. After strolling through the village, enjoy cocktails in the living room before making your way to the dining room to sample a tasting menu that offers a perfect ending to your Estrie day of discovery. (One night stay including breakfast, from $140).

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Sutton, gourmet village

Meander along the most mouthwatering main street in Québec. Here, cafés, gourmet boutiques and kitchenware shops are all nestled together. The must-sees: La Rumeur affamée, Le Cafetier and Atelier Bouffe.

vignoble-chapelle-agnesVignoble Chapelle Ste Agnès – 2565 Chemin Scenic, Sutton

Before heading back, make sure to stop off at the enchanting site of Vignoble Chapelle Ste Agnès, about 12 minutes away from the hotel. Specializing in ice wines, you can taste their array of award-winning products made from four different grape varieties.  In addition to the iconic chapel, it offers a magnificent view of the region and Mount Sutton.

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