Thursday, 6 June 2013

Sampling wineries in Quebec- Part 1

by Keith and Heather Nicol
     Our next stop on our wine tour was in the province of Quebec in Mt. St. Hilaire, near Montreal. Here we stopped at Vignoble Clos Mont St Hilaire, which operates on about 1.3 acres of land on the south flank of 414 meter high Mt. St. Hilaire. There we met Ann Marie Gagnon and her daughter Andreann. They produce 5 different wines and one fortified wine. We sampled their rose wines which were pleasantly dry. Ann Marie told us that most of their customers come from Montreal and that most of their wine is sold from their store at 1194 Mountain Road. Ann Marie told us that with the creation of a Wine Route (which includes 21 wineries in the Monteregie region) that there is more interest in locally produced wines.  Check out their web site for more information-
Ann Marie (left) and daughter Andreann tending the vines

  That night we stayed at the Hotel Rive Gauche ( which is located on the Richelieu River in nearby Beloeil. We enjoyed a great breakfast of crepes and fruit in the first class dining room. And it is conveniently located adjacent to the highway to Montreal. We found the front desk staff very helpful and the attendant in the morning told us about the new by pass around Montreal that had just opened and even printed out a map and directions on how to take this new highway around the city.  For anyone wanting to bypass the traffic and congestion of Montreal this new route (highway 30) is most welcome.
The Hotel Rive Gauche is located along the Richelieu River

The view across the Richelieu River toward Mt. St. Hilaire

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