Napa Valley. Sonoma. The Loire Valley in France. We’re all familiar with these wine regions around the world. However, if you find yourself shaking your head to those mentioned above, I will consider that you may have been living under a rock for most of your adult life.
Wine regions such as Napa are popular because they produce great wine, offer splendid scenery and reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. While all that is wonderful, sometimes the most popular wine regions have a downfall, that is lots of tourists, long lines for tastings, and expensive accommodations.
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Okay now back to wine…
Don’t get me wrong, I love doing the touristy things. But there is something intriguing about seeking out the road less traveled…the unexpected treasures that are around us. I think Anthony Bourdain had a point when he said “Nothing unexpected or wonderful is likely to happen if you have an itinerary in Paris filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.”
Point being that you need to seek out the local and less popularized places. And that is why I want to point out a lesser know wine region called the Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route.
Just less than 60 miles south of Montreal is the quaint wine region of Brome-Missisqoui which includes twenty-two wineries, spanning a total of eighty-seven miles along the “Route de Vin” (french for wine route).
I know what you’re thinking. Canada, eh? Aren’t Canadians die hard beer lovers that play hockey, eat poutine (that’s french fries with gravy and cheese curds) and produce maple syrup? Why yes, Canada has all of those things, but it also has some unexpected gems, and the Brome-Missisquoi wine route is one of them.
Whether you take a day trip to the region or wish to to stay for a weekend you can be assured this wine region in the french speaking provence of Quebec will have just what you are looking for.
Here are a few standouts along the Route de Vin:
BOHO – Dunham, Quebec, CA
The BOHO hostel in the tiny town of Dunham, Quebec is not you’re typical bare bones european type of hostel. Oh no, quite the contraire. The BOHO is stylish, sophisticated and centrally located along the main drag of RTE 202.
Step out of the lobby and you will be just a short walk away to a nearby winery called Clos Ste-Croix, as well as being in close proximity to a plethora of restaurants on the street including La Bodega, housed in a historical landmark, and creating delicious latin american fare. The best part of the BOHO may be the price, just $59 Canadian per night feels like a steal.
Stop by l’Orpailleur winery Monday-Friday (the weekend is closed to the public for private events) to experience free tastings, experience a wine tour or dine at the onsite restaurant for a delectable three meal.
The property at Domain du Ridge is extraordinary, to say the least. As you stroll the green space beyond the tasting area, the backdrop of grapes ripening on the vine just screams “picture perfect wedding venue!” Even if you don’t have a wedding to plan…or attend for that matter, you can still soak up this beautiful scenery by enjoying a glass of wine in one of their adirondack chairs.
Just down the street from Domaine du Ridge is Vignoble de l’Ardennais. A smaller property for visitors in comparison to the other two wineries. Vignoble de l’Ardennais doesn’t have a restaurant or event venue space to rent out. However it is still quaint and beautiful. Free tastings are offered in their tasting room and guests are encouraged to linger on their back porch to enjoy their wine of choice.I think Anthony Bourdain had a point when he said “Nothing unexpected or wonderful is likely to happen if you have an itinerary in Paris filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.”Click To Tweet