The Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route extends 140 kilometers in the Eastern Townships. It links 22 wineries, including some of the oldest in Quebec, and produces 60% of Quebec’s local wine.
Chapelle Ste-Agnès Vineyard
Located in the Sutton mountains of southern Quebec, the Chapelle Ste-Agnès vineyard was established in 1997 by Henrietta Antony, a Montreal antique dealer who had a store on Greene Avenue. The vineyard is named after a stone chapel built several years earlier on the same site and consecrated to Saint Agnès, a thirteenth century Bohemian saint.
The cobble stone that leads to the front door of the chapel was donated to Henrietta by construction workers from Old Montreal.
The vineyard has over 7000 vines and is focused on the production of ice wine and other dessert wines.
The vineyard is built on a steep hillside, with massive stone walls supporting 18 terraces. Thousands of tons of stones and gravelly soil were used to create the vineyard.
The rows of vines follow the gentle curve of the hillside, creating a veritable amphithéatre.
The Chapelle Ste-Agnès vineyard’s southern exposure, 30 degree slope, imposing stone walls, ideal altitude above the valley floor, gravelly soil, amphithéatre-like bowl and the two ponds at its base have created a unique micro climate.
The platform was built to accommodate couples who wished to get marry in the “heart” of the vineyard. Notice the pond is shaped like a heart.
The vineyard’s unique micro climate extends the growing season, which allows the grapes the time they need to attain the proper level of maturity required for superb dessert wines. At the same time, the vineyard’s climate is cold enough to consistently produce high quality ice wine every year.
Clos Ste-Croix Vignoble
The winery is located in the heart of the village of Dunham.
The winery produced 3000 bottles of wine last year: 2 reds, 1 white, 1 rose and 1 ice wine.
They won a silver medal for their white wine.
They are expanding their vineyard and they should be able to use the grapes in three years. Patients, a hearty grape and good weather are the key ingredients to any vineyard’s success.
Several unique sculptures are placed through the property.
Vignoble de l’Orpailleur
L’Orpailleur is a pioneer vineyard in Quebec.
It planted its first vines in 1982 in the region of Dunham.
L’Orpailleur, meaning gold searcher, got it’s name from the Quebec poet Gilles Vigneault, referring to the numerous rivers in the Eastern Townships.
L’Orpailleur produces ten different wines.
No one was around to explain why the wine containers were outside on shelves on the side of the building. Thoughts?
Strongly supported by the Quebec public, l’Orpailleur represents 35% of the Quebec wine sales at the SAQ and the products are available in 265 branches.
The vineyard has over 140 medals under its belt.
Domaine des Cotes d’Ardoise
The Vineyard Domaine des Cotes d’Ardoise is located 80km south of Montreal, near the Quebec-Vermont border in the Municipality of Dunham, Brome-Missisquoi County on a land spanning on 175 acres, where 115 are forest-covered. It is the oldest still operational vineyard in the province.
The Vineyard is established on the Appalachian foothills that dominate the very large plain of the St. Lawrence River at an altitude of 150 meters.
The Domaine hosts an exhibition of sculptures gathered from more than 80 artists.
Since 2012, 13000 new vine plants were added to domaine des côtes d’ardoise. Most are from the Viniferas types (Riesling, Gewurztraniner, Zweigelt) and Chardonnay (Acadie Blanc, Seyval, Vidal, Frontenac Gris, Lucy Khulman).
With this new addition, the winery possesses nearly 50,000 vine plants on 12 hectares.
It is the ideal vineyard for a countryside get-away, a dinner on the grass accompanied by good wine.
We did a tasting and would highly recommend the Rosé and the Riesling.
Another great day exploring the region.
Now it’s time to return to our Sutton “home” and enjoy a glass of wine!!
Planning a visit?
Here is the complete list of all the wineries in the region. Enjoy!