5 Montreal places to drink local wine
Quebec wine is getting trendier in the province, as consumers (re)discover their identity through local producers. Though vineyards are quite recent here, some wines really are worth the try. Here are five restaurants and bars where you can toast to Quebec.
Address: 1290 Rue Beaubien Est, Montréal
This trendy newcomer sells wine from vineyards that are usually harder to find in other places. The wine list is short but dynamic, and among the numerous Austrian and German bottles you'll find some great Quebec wines, all put forward and available by the glass.
Phone: (450) 467-4477
Address: 1810 Rue Richelieu, Beloeil
Among 4,700 references, the wine list of this high-class bistro offers some good quality Quebec wines (Camy, Domaine Beauchemin…), one of them being permanently on the tasting menu. Le Coureur des Bois possesses several vintages of a few vineyards, so you can try some older local wines and see how they age.
Phone: (514) 271-7502
Address: 1226 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
The name of is Outremont restaurant comes from the 250 ml bottle, a sign that wine is really important here. The wine list is made by Erika Hounzell, and Quebec is well represented. You will find a nice selection of bubbly and pet nat, plus some (good) orange, red and white local wines. What I like: several tasting formats are available, so you can try a small glass… or drink a whole bottle.
Phone: (514) 447-2717
Address: 551 Rue Saint-Martin, Montréal
Being a locavore restaurant, Candide makes it a priority to only use Quebec products. The place was also one of the first in town to offer local wines. The wine list is natural and made by sommelier Emily Campeau: there is a part on it dedicated to the province, with six of the best Quebec vineyards.
Phone: (514) 288-7779
Address: 3424 Avenue du Parc, Montréal
If Pinard & Filles bottles are hard to get a hand on, there are a lot of them at Pullman; no surprise here, Pullman’s boss owns the vineyard. But you can also find bottles from other Quebec producers that make nature wines (Domaine du Nival, Les Pervenches…)