This text is part of the special book Plaisirs
Have you planned a brief visit to a Quebec vineyard with your family? If you are afraid to involve your children in a day of tasting that they will find endless, know that several spaces offer a series of other activities for kids and adults, whether educational, recreational or gourmet.
At the Oak River Vineyard, we learned about viticulture thanks to the interpretation panels for young and old. After a stroll through the magnificent vineyard that whetted our appetite, we got a gourmet basket in the shop and had a picnic in the charming place, next to the vineyards. To end the day well, we took the opportunity to go to Casa do Mel intermiel, located less than 10 minutes drive from the vineyard and introduce young people to the fascinating world of bees!
At the Domaine Lafrance, we visited the orchard and the vineyard and tasted alcoholic products, such as ciders and wines for the adults, but also grape and apple juice for the little ones. There is also a bistro and a bakery where they make the best apple donuts, pizza and delicious cookies. Children will particularly enjoy the tour of the farm in a cart pulled by a tractor, as well as a visit to the animal farm. At the time, we indulged in apple picking.
In Dunham, we stopped at Gagliano Vineyard to eat a delicious pizza from the wood-fired oven on the beautiful veranda, garnished with homemade sausages and local cheeses, while the adults taste the excellent wines of the estate. We then took the opportunity to take a pleasant walk with our dog in the rows of vineyards. The day ends around a campfire where you can roast marshmallows.
At the orpailleur vineyard, we visited a viticulture pioneer in Quebec. We took the opportunity to discover the Winegrower’s Economuseum, which allows young and old to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of Quebec’s winemaking profession. An adventure that highlights the technical, economic and human challenges behind winemaking. Young people can also become aware challenges environment, familiarizing yourself with the way of sustainable agriculture, defended in the vineyard and explained by passionate guides.
At the The La Bauge vineyard, the little ones will be amazed by the visit to the animals that live in the park located next to the estate. Species such as wild boar – the vineyard’s emblematic animal – New Zealand deer, Australian rheas, Andean llamas and sheep live there in captivity. The latter contribute to the maintenance of the vineyard’s organic plots.
If Rougemont is the preferred land for orchards, it is also the preferred land for some vineyards. At the domain of Lavoie, so that both can visit their orchards and harvest their fruits, but also take guided family tours of the vineyard. A tractor ride allows you to transport between the two locations. An apple and vine interpretation trail will interest schoolchildren, while the playground, mini-farm and corn plant maze will delight children.
To change vineyards, parents can visit the Cassis Monna and daughters specializing in the production of liqueurs and products derived from currants. In addition to learning about the family history behind the domain’s founding and sampling some of their alcohol-free products (like their excellent blackcurrant lemonades), the site will delight young and old alike with its range of gourmet products. A restaurant with a panoramic terrace is to be discovered and ice cream and blackcurrant slushies for dessert are sold at the dairy. To complete the offer, picnic tables are available on this site, which stands out for its size. An ideal place to play ball and run your dog!
at the place of Saint Pierre The Vineyard, the reception is in a magnificent stable dating from 1935, which in itself is worth the detour. The location is ideal for family outings. If you take the grassy path to the end of the vineyard, you will discover a panoramic view of Montmorency Falls and the Île-d’Orléans bridge. In addition to the huge playground that the place offers, you can enjoy the gourmet platters created by chef Laurent Godbout, using local and fresh ingredients.
At the Vineyard Saint-Gabriel, parents will be delighted to discover the estate’s hybrid varietal wines. In turn, children will be attracted to the museum of antique tractors – more than 135 restored models are part of it – located on the property. Another museum, this time of agricultural and domestic antiquities, adds to the free activities of the place. For outdoor enthusiasts, the trails are located close to the vineyard and are accessible for the whole family. To support yourself, the on-site restaurant offers meals, including a cheese fondue that is a delight for the kids!