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The Eastern Townships Wine Route
While Quebec doesn't immediately come to mind as a wino destination - France and Spain are holding down the title in that area - there are a surprisingly large amount of vineyards to visit, and local specialties to taste. And most of them are located in the same area, just a few kilometers from each other: the Eastern Townships. In fact, there are so many that the tourist office decided to create a wine and local discovery route - my two favorite things, together. I have officially died and gone to heaven. There are several wineries and cider houses along the way, thus offering the thirsty visitor the opportunity to taste wine, cider and even ice wine. Yum! It's a very popular activity in the summertime, but I prefer to do it in October, right in the midst of harvest. There aren't as many people and the producers have more time on their hands to really explain what they're doing, and chat with the visitors. If you happen to be in Montreal for a few days, rent a car and drive down the highway to the Eastern Townships. The wine is good, the locals are friendly and the scenery, especially in the fall, is just gorgeous. You won't regret it!
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