Red, rosé, white and sparkling: the wines of the Outaouais
The Ottawa Valley is fertile ground for vines. Thanks to a climate slightly warmer than the Quebec average, passionate people grow grapes here year after year, and transform them with patience and love to offer us exceptional vintages. Discover how it’s done and let yourself be charmed by the vineyards of the Outaouais.
Little Red Wagon Winery
Little Red Wagon Winery offers you its P’tit rouge, P’tit blanc and P’tit rosé. Established on the site of a 1940s fruit farm, this family enterprise grows its own varieties of northern grapes, raspberries and heritage blackberries. Every fall, more than 5,600 vines provide the juice that will become delicious wine. The winery is also a creative space where local art and products are displayed.
165-C Du Calumet Road West, Clarendon
The Ste-Angélique vineyard was established in 2008 near Papineauville, and there are now thousands of vines on its 3.2 hectares of fertile clay soil. The owners can proudly say that all the grapes come from their fields and are hand-picked. The vineyard doesn’t use herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, and produces its wines with as little intervention as possible. Its 100% Quebec creations include red, white, rosé, sparkling and even orange wines!
472 Côte St-Charles, Papineauville
Domaine de Pontiac Village
In the heart of an area with a rich past, we find Domaine de Pontiac Village and its 6,000 vines. The names of the wines and the labels are inspired by the history of the region. Besides bottles of white, red and rosé, the vineyard houses a vintage car museum. Pack a snack and enjoy an outdoor picnic and a walk through this beautiful Outaouais vineyard.
1259 Du Cimetière Road, Quyon
It’s recommended to call ahead before visiting the vineyard.
Domaine Mont Vézeau
At the foot of Mont Vézeau, discover a magnificent estate that’s home to a vineyard and a strawberry field. On a 3.6–hectace site, the 9,000-plant vineyard includes several red and white grape varieties hardy enough to survive the Quebec winters. In the strawberry field, there are 6 varieties of the famous red fruit as well as raspberry trees. Treat yourself to a guided tour of Domaine du Mont Vézeau, a tasting package or a country picnic. A perfect experience for epicureans!
365 Route 321, Ripon
In the heart of the Collines-de-l’Outaouais, come and relax among the vines! Glass in hand, enjoy the Chelsea Vineyard’s magnificent terrace. Now open to the public, the winery offers unique epicurean experiences, pairing fresh summer cuisine with privately imported wines. The winery is known for its reception room for special events, weddings and business meetings. You’ll love its friendly, rustic atmosphere.
1582, route 105, Chelsea
Fragments is a family vineyard located on the grounds of the former Domaine des Météores in Ripon. Élaine and Georges and three of their children embarked on the adventure after leaving the city for the country. Passionate about wine and agriculture, they produced their first vintage, À boire debout (2019), a red wine made with semi-carbonic maceration. Definitely worth trying!
Lac-Grosleau Road, Ripon
The Outaouais is also home to some fine cider houses. Verger Merleau, in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, makes five ciders, including two sparkling ones. In Petite Nation, Verger Croque-Pomme has been producing artisanal cider since 2007. As for Les Pommes perdues, a micro-cidery in Chénéville, it makes its cider from wild and leftover apples.
If hops are your thing, the region has plenty to offer, with many microbreweries to tantalize your taste buds. Cheers!