The Secret of the Mountain

While exploring Bassin, the western part of Havre Aubert Island, you're sure to be amazed when you come across Domaine des Salanges, the Magdalen Islands' only vineyard. Nestled in a small valley, this former woodland was transformed over the past 15 years into an enchanting site ideal for grape growing. The operation is an all-in-the-family affair, although it's clear that winemaker Laurence-Olivier Brossard is the driving force, investing copious amounts of care and passion..

Discover a site renowned for its unique lighting conditions

When you visit, you'll be given a complete tour of the facilities, including detailed information on winemaking. Sheltered from storms and inclement weather by the nearby mountain, the site is renowned for its unique lighting conditions. One might even be tempted to forget the fragile balance of natural forces that allow the Baltica grapes to fully develop (this varietal is well adapted to salt air and its particularities). The entire process is aided and abetted by the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which acts as a temperature regulator all year round. Relatively speaking, the Magdalen Islands have fewer frosty days compared with other Quebec regions, so this facilitates grape growing. As the saying goes, wine reflects the essence of a given region, so the wines of Domaine des Salanges provide visitors with an opportunity to taste the unique characteristics of the local soil.

Domaine des Salanges
Domaine des Salanges
Domaine des Salanges
Domaine des Salanges
Domaine des Salanges
Domaine des Salanges
Domaine des Salanges

When you live on an archipelago, you can't afford to waste precious resources, so local producers have found a way to utilize the residual "marc" (skin, pulp, seeds and stems) left behind after grapes are pressed. In this case, the marc is reused by the microbrewery À l'abri de la Tempête to produce Vin de Salanges, a well-balanced fruity-tasting beer.

No tour of the Bassin area would be complete without visiting La Fromagerie Les Biquettes à l'Air, a cheesemaker, and Verger Poméloi, an orchard producing ciders and apple-based liqueurs. Both companies are living proof of Magdalen Islanders' ingenuity!

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