Becoming a winegrower: a plunge that can be planned
Being a winegrower is above all being an entrepreneur. And all entrepreneurs will tell you, to lay a solid foundation for an entrepreneurial project, you need a good business plan.
Before putting your hands in the earth to plant your first vines, a few hours behind your computer are necessary to write your business plan and prepare your financial package.
Yvan Quirion, from Domaine St-Jacques, explains:
« Being a winemaker in Quebec means above all being an entrepreneur who will compete against 15,000 high-quality foreign wines that are sold at the SAQ, in restaurants, bars and grocery stores. You have to be ready to work hard to find your place through all these foreign brands that have been firmly established here for a long time. It’s an exciting, demanding and stimulating job, with little respite, but it’s still one of the most beautiful jobs in the world! »
Photo: Yvan Quirion, Domaine St-Jacques
You should also know that the alcoholic beverage sector is one of the most regulated in Quebec. Before launching into a vacuum and building your cellar, it is essential to inform yourself about the laws, regulations and taxation levels very specific to this industry, as well as about the compulsory permits that you will have to avail yourself.
Finally, in addition to provincial ministries, many organizations revolve around the Quebec wine industry, many of which are essential to know.