The Start of an Adventure: The Eastern Townships Route des Vins near the BOHO Dunham Inn
The Eastern Townships Route des Vins is better known as the Route des Vins Brome-Missisquoi since it was in this specific region that Christian Barthomeuf, who founded the first vineyard of the region, established himself in 1977. It was a learning experience at the time because farming was difficult on these rocky lands. More than 40 years later, 22 vineyards are now bottling in the region and have formed the Association des Vignerons du Québec to promote their products and also to promote their legalization in 1985 by the SAQ. Since then, the entire Quebec wine industry has exploded and is recognized outside our borders. It is this same Christian Barthomeuf who will later invent ice cider using frozen apples to produce the liquor that is now so popular.
The Route des Vins Brome-Missisquoi, located in the Eastern Townships, allows visitors to discover some of the oldest wineries in the province and discover the knowledge of our local producers by following circuits over more than 140 kilometers. This region is the main wine producing region of Quebec since more than 60% of the wine production comes from this place.
Here is a list of the 22 wineries participating in the Route des Vins:
Eight circuits to explore
To discover all the secrets of the Eastern Townships, several circuits have been developed for cyclists and motorists. Go on an adventure, for one or more days of discoveries and tastings.
The Lasso Magenta: It is a 97 km circuit starting from the Bromont National Cycling Center. You will meet four vineyards.
The Doyenne des Vignes: This trip starting from Frelighsburg will take you to discover the winemaking heart of the Eastern Townships on 104 kilometers where you will stop in five vineyards.
Heritage Tour: This tour is 49 km long and will show you the typical Eastern Townships heritage, colonized by the loyalists after the defeat of the British against the Americans during the War of Independence. The attraction here is focused rather on the discovery of the particular architecture of the region, but you will also have the opportunity to stop in two vineyards.
La Boucle Gourmande: 93 kilometers long, this loop will take you on the way to bakeries, chocolate shops, cider mills, microbreweries, maple groves and more to fill your belly. Great hills will make you lose your excess calories. Plan a backpack or extra bag to bring back everything you will buy.
The Axis Sutton-Lac Brome: Discover the Sutton Mountains and Brome Lake, two distinct natural environments that you will explore on the 43 kilometers forming this circuit where you will meet five vineyards.
The Walk: Visit Farnham, Saint-Armand, Frelighsburg and many other small towns in the Eastern Townships during this 59-kilometer circuit that will take you to five vineyards, two of which are certified organic.
La Virée: During this 69-kilometer circuit, you will visit the cities of Bromont, Brigham and Cowansville where you will find, in addition to the six vineyards planned for the trip, the Chocolate Museum which is a must-see in the region. Also enjoy your visit by relaxing in one of the many spas you will encounter on your way.
The Triangle: Dunham, Frelighsburg and Stanbridge East form The Triangle, a 32-kilometer journey that is suggested to be explored in several days given the incredible concentration of producers. You will find 10 vineyards, in addition to a multitude of small fruit producers, orchards, bakeries, honey producers, etc. This is the favorite circuit of wine lovers, but also foodies of all kinds.
A night at the hostel
Located in Dunham, BOHO-Dunham is the first boutique-hostel in Quebec to open. In the heart of the region, it is an essential starting point for your days of adventure in the Eastern Townships, whether it’s to discover the Route des Bières or the Route des Vins, by bike or by car. Stay in an establishment offering the quality of downtown luxury hotels while enjoying the casual charm typical of local inns. The presence of La Table Fermière and the Brasserie Dunham in the same building will facilitate your choice when it will be time for an aperitif or dinner. Here you can enjoy locally brewed beers and dishes prepared with local ingredients.