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PAS­SION THAT BEARS FRUIT... FOR WINES

QUÉ­BEC WINES PAS­SION THAT BEARS FRUIT

Qué­bec’s vi­ni­cul­ture his­to­ry stretches back cen­tu­ries! Upon lan­ding on Île d’Or­léans in 1535, Jacques Cartier na­med it “Île de Bac­chus” (af­ter the an­cient god of gra­pe­vines, ce­le­bra­tions and wine) due to the sheer va­rie­ty of wild vines that grew there. Ma­ny ships have since sai­led on our ma­jes­tic St. La­wrence Ri­ver and se­ve­ral grape va­rie­ties have been crea­ted in Qué­bec. In­deed, the pro­vince now boasts near­ly a hun­dred vi­neyards in about 15 re­gions across Qué­bec pro­du­cing still, for­ti­fied, spark­ling and or­ga­nic wines. 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. Se­ve­ral Qué­bec wines are avai­lable at SAQ out­lets. You may al­so stock up on your fa­vou­rites at the wi­ne­ries and some pu­blic mar­kets th­rou­ghout Qué­bec.

DO­MAINE ACER

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