(Farnham) Eighteen wineries of the Wine Route Brome-Missisquoi have opened their doors to the public this weekend in order to visit their facilities and learn about their products. The cooler weather Saturday did not affect the success of the event, which was deployed in three days because of the long weekend Canada Day. The Eastern Voices went to meet visitors the municipality of Dunham.
“We’ll buy it, that one!” Launches this couple in Quebec after the wine tasting Reserve The Orpailleur, his first stop on the Wine Route. Lovers chose the Heritage Tour to discover the wines of the area by bike. They surrounded the pen on their card vineyard Domaine du Ridge and Pigeon Hill, which is found along the loop of 49 km.
“I’m surprised, I felt that there was not many people,” says Claire Dubé for his part, head of wine at The Orpailleur. “People can not go to the beach, so they came warm with wine!” She laughs, happy that the weather did not deter visitors. She also noticed a strong presence of Americans this year, she says because of the 4th of July, which also extends their weekend.
Three consecutive days off. It was enough for Adrian, Courtney and Mia planning a getaway in Quebec. “We came to Montreal for the Jazz Festival and we Decided to make a daytrip out of this,” they explain. Their choice fell on the Wine Route after reading positive reviews on TripAdvisor.
Iveta girlfriends, they have taken advantage of the open door … to organize the bachelor party girl bride. Decorated with her veil, the young woman was about to do a tour of the vineyard when The Eastern Voices was cross on Saturday.
Propeller of the attractions of the region
Greeting exchanges took place, moreover, a few kilometers away, the vineyards of the Cotes d’Ardoise. But Stephen and Fanny were there specifically for the open house. We accosted tourists when they leave the vineyard, bags full of finds at hand. “This is where I most bought!” Confirms Stéphane, who greatly appreciated his visit. “From one to the presentation, two for the atmosphere three to flavor wines,” he lists. This wine lover was impressed with Riesling, one of the only products in Quebec.
“This is a big plus!” Connects his spouse. For its first agri-tourism trip in the Eastern Townships, the couple’s total offer: Foresta Lumina in Coaticook, soap Savon des Cantons Magog, the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac and Huttopia Sutton, where he lives.
Food and wine
At Union Free cider and wine, visitors could dip into the tray cheeses and charcuterie to accompany their cider tasting. “This is twice as profitable for people. It puts the wine in value, it puts my value products, “commented Hugo Eustache, artisan butcher for the caterer Devilishly Good Farnham.
30 to 40% of people who took a bite walked away with shopping, he believes. “That’s why I missed fast!” Launches Hugo Eustache, while preparing its rillettes of rabbit’s dry sausages and terrines for the group of 24 people who would soon find him. The guided tour was organized by Kava Tours.
Really popular with couples in their thirties, the Wine Route and Lyn prompted Samuel to choose Estrie for their summer vacation. The couple left for Val-d’Or to discover 6 to 7 vineyards in two days. “When we will be drunk, we’ll stop!” Lyn launches jokingly.
The owner of the vineyard, Anouschka Bouchard, said she was delighted the crowds on Friday. “It’s like a big day on Saturday,” she said. She expected to receive at least as many visitors on Sunday, while the mobile truck Trotter see to fill the greedy appetites.
Trio of tourist routes
The other two tourist roads of the Eastern Townships is also taking advantage of the long weekend to organize an open house event.
The Townships Trail made free entrance to the Sherbrooke Historical Society and the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead. As for the Route peaks, stretching between Mount Mégantic and Mount Ham, it leveraged a host of activities to move hikers