Vignoble du Ruisseau
Another travel day in Quebec. This time we explore the Dunham area. Nestled in the Montérigie, Dunham is known for it’s wine production. The area is home to several vineyards with the most visited being, Tire-Bouchon De L’Orpailleur. Their bubbly wine is a must. In fact, their bubbles are my locally produced favorite. Every time I visit I come home with a few bottles. Priced at $45 per bottle, you can get it at any SAQ and it makes the perfect hostess gift. Who I am kidding – this one is hard to share it’s too good. Having been to Tire-Bouchon De L’Orpailleur on several occasions today we decide to explore somewhere new. On today’s adventure we head off the beaten path, to discover a hidden gem - Le Vignoble du Ruisseau. As you pull up before turning into the drive, the stunning peaks and valleys of the Eastern Townships, stretch as far as the eye can see.
The first thing that greets you is a covered bridge, that takes you from the parking lot to the main building. If you read my last blog post you know I love covered bridges! What a warm welcome. Right away I feel the overwhelming need to capture the essence of this place and so I start to snap some pics. The architecture, choice of color and overall design simply gorgeous. It opened to the public in 2016, so it is fairly new.
The story of Le Vignoble Ruisseau:
It started with a dream, a common passion for wine among family members. A father and mother, former chartered accountants, who had success for more than 30 years in the construction industry. A girl with, behind her, a little bit of art, a little bit of service, a little wine stewardship but mostly, a lot of passion to be a winemaker; and her partner, a former plumber converted to a cellar master. A united family, motley in its knowledge and self-taught which makes us lovers of our profession, our dream, our adventure. This story is simply the passion for good wine and good food. (taken from their website https://www.levignobleduruisseau.com/en/activities/visit/)
There are several ways you can spend your time here. You can take a self-guided tour, a group guided tour or a private tour of the vineyards. I love the fact that they have several options depending on your mood. We simply wanted to sit back and enjoy a meal (prepared by someone else for once. There has been too much cooking over the past 4 months). The offerings at their Bistro are exquisite. The food they serve is grown on the property. They also raise their own beef and pork. Exquisite! You know you are getting the best when the food is from farm to table. According to our waiter the only thing they source from outside the farm is cheese.
They also have a maple farm, on the grounds, making maple syrup a highlighted flavor in several of their dishes. The beet salad made with a maple syrup and basalmic vinegar dressing. The charcuterie board with their own maple covered pecans - to die for. We learned, that both could be purchased in their boutique. This vineyard produces more than wine, food and maple syrup. It also distills alcohol; Rum (light and dark), Gin and Eau de Vie. They can also be sampled on site and purchased for home.
Their degustations “samplings” can be done in the boutique located on the ground level or at the Bistro on the second floor. We had our wine tasting up on the Bistro’s terrasse. I tried the “Survol” option which has you starting with a bubbly Rosé, moving to a Riesling then a Chardonnay and finishing with a Pinot Noir. All very unique with my favorite being the Chardonnay. That is the bottle I purchased to bring home for the hubby and I to enjoy. The complete wine list includes; Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sparkling (white and Rosé). I have to caution you, if you want to try the White Sparkling you have to order it by the glass in the Bistro, it is not offered for sampling in the Boutique.
After we enjoyed our food and wine, it was time to visit the Boutique. Excited to see what we could take home and share with our loved ones. We wanted the full experience so we decided to try the alcohols too. We sipped Rum, Gin and Eau de Vie while sitting amongst the trees in big comfy Adirondack chairs. The smell of fire wafting in the air as they prepared smoked meats to be sampled by their guests. I felt as though I could stay forever. I could feel the pang of disappointment as our day was winding down. What a glorious day, enjoying great food, wine and the company of my sister, Nancy and good friend Dawn. I hope this inspires you to get out and explore the beauty that lies right here in your backyard.
*please be responsible and ensure you have a designated driver.