Over the years, have we established a precise profile for Quebec wines?
“It remains to find a strong identity. Now that we are able to grow just about anything, what characterizes Quebec wine? We still don’t know. We try a lot of things, we do everything and we are always looking. We go where the wind blows. 15 years ago it was white wines, bubbles and ice wine, today it is plain wines, natural sparkling wines, orange wines or in amphorae. Not to mention the diversity of rosé and red wines …
“In addition, vitis viniferas [grape varieties of European origin considered more noble than the hybrids traditionally used in Quebec] have arrived to enhance quality. There are 50 grape varieties in Quebec for about 1 000 hectares of vines. In Burgundy, we have four grape varieties for 30,000 hectares… There is a natural selection that will take place over the next few years.”
“It’s the beauty of being in a new producer country: anything is possible, everything is possible while respecting the standards in force. Time will do things. We will arrive at maturity in terms of surface area and grape varieties, between hybrids and viniferas . This clarification will be made in 10, 20 or 30 years, and we will arrive at a certain maturity of the industry in terms of products and prices.”