From the start

In the early 1980s, a group of winegrowers proved beyond a doubt that grapevines could take root in Quebec soil. They are now here to stay and are an integral part of our agricultural heritage and our rural landscape. With each passing year, Quebec winegrowers have become more knowledgeable and sophisticated in their practices.

In the spring of 2008, a working group of wine industry players was established to find ways of building further on this expertise and advancing this young industry. A year later, the Quebec wine certification program was born.

In November 2018, the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food officially recognized the “Quebec Wine” protected geographical indication (PGI). The PGI designation establishes a link between a product and a region and acknowledges specific features attributable to a given production area.

Un processus rigoureux

In addition to abiding by a strict set of specifications, wines with the PGI – Quebec Wine designation must be made exclusively from grapes grown in Quebec in the stipulated geographic area. A detailed annual audit conducted by an independent body ensures the compliance of grape-growing and winemaking practices and the end-to-end traceability of each wine, from the vine to the bottle. Every product is laboratory-tested and sampled by an accreditation committee for quality control purposes. It is only at the end of this process that a wine may be bear the PGI – Quebec Wine logo

The PGI – Quebec Wine specifications manual is available from the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV) at: www.cartv.gouv.qc.ca.

For further information on the products and winemakers that have earned PGI status, contact:

Informations supplémentaires

For further information on the products and winemakers that have earned PGI status, contact:

Conseil des vins d'appellation du Québec (CVAQ)

216 Denison Street East

Granby, Quebec J2H 2R6

A full programm


Viticulture

The PGI – Quebec Wine designation is a mark of quality and sustainability. Compliance with winegrowing standards and best vineyard practices helps ensure the cultivation of quality grapes and the optimal use of agricultural land.

The specifications manual guarantees that the grapes used to produce wines that earn PGI – Quebec Wine status have the attributes necessary to make a quality product.

Winemaking and aging

Any inputs used in a PGI – Quebec Wine during the vinification stage must meet quality standards and follow recognized processes that make it possible to preserve the intrinsic features of the final product. Any excessive handling that might alter the wine is strictly prohibited in the specifications manual.

In addition to these criteria, late harvest wine and ice wine must comply with precise requirements in terms of how the grapes are picked and the exclusively natural origin of sugars.

Wine bottling

The GPI control process ensures the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and traceability of wines at the bottling stage. All wines with PGI – Quebec Wine status must be submitted for chemical analysis by an independent laboratory to check that the final product meets Canadian food standards.

Each wine also undergoes a sensory evaluation for quality control purposes.

A full programm

The Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV), an independent and impartial government body, has put stringent controls in place and monitors every step of the viticulture, vinification and bottling process.

Ecocert Canada is the body responsible for ensuring that the control process functions efficiently and all the criteria in the specifications manual are met. Ecocert Canada works closely with the Conseil des vins d'appellation du Québec (CVAQ), the entity in charge of implementing and coordinating the entire program.