Québec city : Wine and castles
By Sylvie Berthiaume
Photos: Jean-François Bergeron, Luc-Antoine Couturier, Yves Marcoux, Camirand Photos, Sébastien Larose
Quebec City, capital of Quebec province, which historic center is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, has a compelling image: the Château Frontenac, a 5-star hotel overlooking, the sublime Dufferin Terrace, the preserved architecture left from founders of French America, and the majestic St. Lawrence River.
It is the first castle that is seen there… the whole city is dotted with places of château or monument style: Parliament, Citadel, Armoury, the doors of the city. ramparts, National Museum, etc.
Relais & Châteaux
You may also decide to stay at the Auberge Saint-Antoine, a modern boutique hotel built in a former industrial building, which is also proud of its 5-star rating, in addition to being part of the exclusive international group named Relais & Chateaux.
Auberge Saint-Antoine is full of ancient artifacts in modern presentations both in public areas and in the rooms. Design and management of the hotel are under the responsibility of the Price family, one of the major contributors in Quebec economy, who made its fortune in the forest industry.
Gastronomy of Québec's terroir is celebrated by the same prestigious group, Relais & Châteaux, at L'initiale restaurant. The simple decor and sleek design leave all the place to taste in the plate and in the glass.
It is imperative to opt for the Tasting Menu for supper, composed of 10 services and wine-food pairing.
In front of Quebec City, a pleasant crossing of a few minutes by boat or zodiac leads you toward the bucolic Ile d'Orleans for a photographic safari and the discovery of 4 inviting vineyards, which are quite different.
The Ste-Pétronille, affiliated to Auberge Saint-Antoine, mainly produces white wines and a few reds, in addition to a Riesling, a Vandal-Cliche and a Vidal. You begin or complete the visit in Le Panache mobile restaurant.
The Isle de Bacchus, in St-Pierre area, offers a white, a red, a rosé and sweet wines. It is equipped with a bistro and a boutique well stocked with ice wines, syrups, mustards, vinegars, terrines and rillettes.
The area of the Domaine de la source à Marguerite, in Ste-Famille area, produces several red wines, a rosé, ciders and a pear wine. You can picnic on the spot to savour its cheeses, duck, maple products or honey.
The Mitan vineyard, in Ste-Famille area, produces dry white, half-sweet and fortified wines. Also dry and fortified red wines, dessert wines and ice wine. It is distinguished by its magnificent terrace with a view on the river. And if you wish, you can participate in the harvest in the fall.
As a bonus, Ile d'Orléans has a breathtaking view on the Montmorency Falls.
In Québec City and on the island, you are the lord of the manor.