Some Special Local Wines

Published on Aug 7, 2020

In our Eastern Townships, there are plenty of vineyards. In fact, there are so many of them that they even have a designated route! Here’s a selection of wines with special characteristics or that were elaborated using a unique process by our local winemakers.

La Part des Anges

Vignoble de L’Orpailleur

With its very clear notes of walnuts and prunes, this wine is assembled with eau-de-vie and aged for at least 24 seasons outdoors, thus developing a complex and unique bouquet. An excellent choice as an aperitif or an after-dinner drink! (At the vineyard and online )

  • 1086, Bruce, Dunham, 450 295-2763
Glace Noire

Château de Cartes, vignoble et cidrerie

We’ve become quite familiar with white ice wines, but the red ones? They’re harder to come by! The unique process for elaborating this product – Pressing the grapes in whole bunches, cold temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks, and maturing in American oak– gives Glace noire a harmonious fruity intensity. (At the vineyard and online )

  • 1285, Bruce Rd., Dunham, 450 295-2359
Rouge Brut

Domaine Bergeville

Again, we’re familiar with white sparkling wines, but the red versions are rather uncommon! This red sparkling, developed with frontenac noir, marquette and petite pearl grape varieties, will create a truly WOW effect for your celebrations! (At the vineyard and online and in some fine grocery stores )

  • 1030, Chemin Sherbrooke, Canton de Hatley, 819 842-1026

Pinard et Filles

This vineyard elaborates a range of wines highly sought-after by the best restaurateurs. When you visit the pastry shop Chez Dorville in Eastman, their only point of sale in the Townships, you might be lucky enough one day to find a bottle of Frangine, this much talked about orange wine people can’t get enough of!

  • 1700, chemin des Pères, Magog
Fortified Maple Wine

VIgnoble du Ruisseau

A succulent dessert wine, offering honey and dried apricot aromas that will surely please maple lovers! Its maple continuity and a finish with notes of lychee and pear will delight your taste buds. (Online and at some points of sale)

  • 4500, chemin Strobl, Dunham, 450 538-3782

Clos Saragnat

This is an excellent wine made with raisined muscat grapes, meaning the grapes were dried to allow the sugars to concentrate through a dehydration process for a minimum of 4 months. In days gone by, this operation would be carried out on beds of straw, therefore its name, Paille, the French word for straw! (At the vineyard, online and at the SAQ ) *Presently out of stock

  • 100, Richford Rd, Frelighsburg, 450 298-1444
Seyval de Dunham

Les Trois Clochers

You’re an amateur of Pineau des Charentes or white port? This refreshing nectar, slightly fermented and arrested with alcohol, is perfect for you! With its primary apple aromas, it’s the ideal aperitif or accompaniment for your desserts! (At the vineyard, online and in several grocery stores)

  • 341, Bruce Rd., Dunham, 450 295-2034

Domaine du Ridge

Laureate of several fine distinctions, this liqueur wine elaborated in the style of port wine, offers a beautiful structure with notes of roasted coffee, prunes and leather. Excellent for accompanying a pâté de foie gras, aged cheeses or dark chocolate. (At the vineyard and online)

  • 205, Ridge Rd., Saint-Armand, 450 248-3987

Val Caudalies

Here’s a fine late harvest wine, which, because the grapes have completely dried, offers notes of honey and dried fruits, pears, apricots and lychee. Fresh on the palate, Vidal is at its best when accompanying a pâté, a terrine, or a platter of cheese and fresh fruit. (At the vineyard and some grocery stores )

  • 4921, Principale, Dunham, 450 295-2333
Lord Dunham

Clos Ste-Croix

Slightly sweet, this alcohol-fortified red wine offers flavours of delicious stewed red fruit. Delicatessen meat, fine cheeses and dark chocolate are its perfect accomplices. (At the vineyard and online)

  • 3734, Principale, Dunham, 450 295-3281

You should read



Taste the Townships
Arts, culture and entertainment
Nature, sports and outdoor activities
Tourist routes
Family outing
Spa and wellness