The CVQ is an interprofessional association open to vintners of all sizes and levels of experience, as well as all other stakeholders in the Quebec wine and grape industry. We are committed to being an advocate for key issues related to marketing, vintner prosperity, scientific development, knowledge sharing and other areas to help the sector grow and flourish.
Our association was founded in October 1987 by a group of winegrowers looking to work together to develop Quebec’s nascent wine industry. Quebec wines are a reflection of our land, our people and our heritage. Passion, expertise and authenticity go into every single drop.
The CVQ has a total of 86 membrers. There are currently 63 winegrowers of various types and sizes and 23 interprofessional members of the CVQ. Individually and collectively, they strive to expand and promote the art and craft of winemaking in Quebec, which continues to improve with each successive vintage.
Elevating Québec viticulture to the highest possible summits of quality, refining winemaker’s expertise to extract the best from our land, and bottling authentic and innovative wines is the mission that association members carry out with passion and pride. Their small-scale production means Québec winegrowers bottle every vintage with our own brand of charm and character.
Quebec viticulture has deep roots that go back to the first settlers’ experiments in winemaking. When Jacques Cartier first sailed up the St. Lawrence, he discovered wild vines growing on Ile d’Orléans, which he baptized “Ile de Bacchus.” Later, Samuel de Champlain tried to cultivate Vitis vinifera (grape varieties found in Chardonnay and Cabarnet-Sauvignon, for example), without success.
Rise of Québec viticulture, inspired by the success of wineries in the Niagara peninsula, which uses hybrid grape varieties adapted to cold climates. The meager success forced many Québec winemakers to give up.
The Quiet Revolution changed the consumption habits of Québecers, who started to enjoy wine on a more regular basis. In fact, Québecers went from drinking two to litres to 10 in just 30 years!
Creation of the SAQ’s Commission de contrôle des permis d’alcool, the predecessor to today’s Régie des Alcools du Québec.
Viticulture starts up again in Québec and artisanal wine production begins to emerge. During this time, 75 wineries set up across the province. On July 5, 1996, restaurants are allowed to buy directly from local winemakers.
The first permits to sell artisanal wine are issued in Québec, authorizing the sale of wines made from grapes grown in the province on vineyards that have at least 5,000 vines.
The QWA highlights the reputation and quality of their wines via the “Québec Certified Wines” label.
Creation of the Québec Winegrowers Association. Some Québec winemakers begin to sell their wine at the SAQ and certain public markets in the province.
In an effort to take our quality advocacy efforts to the next level, we submitted an application for protected geographical indication (PGI) status for “Quebec Wine” with the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV).
The Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food officially recognized PGI – Quebec Wine status. Accordingly, PGI-labelled products must adhere to strict specifications and ensure supply chain traceability from the vine to the bottle.