Red, rosé, white and sparkling: the wines of the Outaouais

Published on June 15 2021

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 its done and let yourself be charmed by the vineyards of the Outaouais. 

Little Red Wagon Winery


Little Red Wagon Winery offers you its Ptit rouge, Ptit blanc and Ptit 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.

Where

165-C Du Calumet Road West, Clarendon

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Domaine Ste-Angélique

The Ste-Angélique vineyard was established in 2008 near Papineauville, and there are now thousands of vines on its 3.2hectares of fertile clay soil. The owners can proudly say that all the grapes come from their fields and are hand-picked. The vineyard doesnt 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!

Where

472 Côte St-Charles, Papineauville

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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.

Where

1259 Du Cimetière Road, Quyon

Good to know

It’s recommended to call ahead before visiting the vineyard.

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Domaine Mont Vézeau

At the foot of Mont Vézeau, discover a magnificent estate thats home to a vineyard and a strawberry field. On a 3.6hectace 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!

Where

365 Route 321, Ripon

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Chelsea Vineyard

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.

Where

1582, route 105, Chelsea

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Fragments

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!

Where

Lac-Grosleau Road, Ripon

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The Outaouais is also home to some fine cider housesVerger 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!

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