What activities can you do if it rains?
Rainy days are good opportunities to visit Brome-Missisquoi’s wineries, which will welcome you in good and bad weather. Why not take the opportunity to tour the museums or poke around the boutiques in the villages?
Where is the Wine Route?
The Wine Route, which includes 21 vineyards, is found in the Brome-Missisquoi MRC at the entrance to the Eastern Townships. Less than an hour from Montreal and hugging the US border, the Wine Route is a very interesting attraction for day-trippers. Check the Wine Route section for more details.
What are the places where you can stop for a picnic?
Most of the wineries on the Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route will be pleased to welcome you for a picnic. Take the opportunity to pair your food with a good bottle of wine. You can also stop at one of the numerous parks scattered through the region.
Which hotels have an indoor pool?
The Auberge & Spa West Brome, the Auberge Lac-Brome, the Hôtel Château-Bromont, the Domaine Tomali-Manyatin et the’Hôtel Bromont all have indoor pools.
Can I bring my pet with me?
Chenil Lac-Brome (28, chemin Barnes, West Brome) and Snoopy Inn(1071, boul. de Bromont, Bromont) offers boarding for cats and dogs.
What facilities are accessible to people with reduced mobility?
For establishments accessible to people with reduced mobility, visit the website of the Association des Personnes Handicapées Physiques de Brome-Missisquoi.
Where can I find a charging station for electric car?
You can consult the list of charging stations in Brome-Missisquoi by following this link.
Are wine tours available ?
Kava Tours is the only specialized wine tour provider in the province. They offer all inclusive packages with departures from Montréal and Bromont. Their service is a great way to discover wineries and live a truly genuine wine country experience in Québec.
How much time should I plan for each winery visit?
Visiting four to five wineries per day is a realistic expectation. Most visits can last from 30 to 45 minutes; however expect to spend at least an hour if you decide to take a guided tour.
What is “les Amis de la Route des vins”?
The 78 « Amis de la Route des vins » is a group composed of businesses offering services and productssuch as restaurants, lodgings, spas, art galleries, boutiques, outdoor recreation, agrotourism and other alcohols that will complete your wine visit experience.
When does harvesting begin?
Harvest time takes place between mid-September and begining of October. Different activities are organized during that period.
Can I participate in the harvest?
Some wineries offer visitors the possibility to pick grapes. Reservations are required.
When is the best time to visit the wineries?
All year round. In spring the vines wake up to the warming sun. In summer the region is alive with festivals and activities. In the fall discover or participate in our grape harvest. In winter visit our local producers and buy your Christmas gifts. You should consult the section “Activities and events” of the Website to find out about the activities of each vineyard and “Amis de la Route des vins” .
How many bottles of wine can I bring back into the U.S?
One litre per person may be imported into the U.S duty-free. Duty is generally 3% of the value and the IRS excise tax is generally between 21- 31 cents per 750 ml bottle of wine. Please consult the U.S Customs & Border Protection website for additional information.
Do I need to speak French to visit?
No, most wineries employ staff who are bilingual.
Can we eat at the wineries?
L’Orpailleur and the Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise each have a restaurant. Vignoble Gagliano offers picnic baskets which include a bottle of wine, a baguette, cheese and other local products. Several wineries have picnic tables for your convenience and some of our restaurants serve local wines.
Do I have to call before visiting the wineries?
The wineries are open seven days a week during peak season. We recommend that you consult the section “Wineries” of the Website to find out about their schedule. Between mid-November and mid-April, it’s best to call ahead.
Is there a fee for tasting wines?
Yes. Both the cost of tasting and the cost of the guided tours vary according to the theme of the visits.
What is the fabrication process for Ice wine?
This excellent dessert wine is made with grapes over-ripened from October to January. The desiccation of the grapes produces a rich and concentrated juice. While 100kg of grapes gives normally 80 to 85 litres of juice, the volume for ice wine is no more the 12 to 15 litres when pressed at -12 degrees.
What methods of payment are accepted by the wineries?
Cash, debit and major credit cards.
Do you have any basic wine tasting tips?
- Don’t wear heavy perfume or cologne that might mask the taste of wines.
- Don’t chew gum.
- Ask a lot of questions.
- Taste light wine first (for example: whites before reds).
Eat something between visits. Several wineries offer pieces of bread or crackers to help break lingering tastes.