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The Rivière du Chêne vineyard

The Rivière du Chêne winery is definitely one of the most well known in Quebec, thanks to the passion of its founder, Daniel Lalande.

In brief

As a result of his travels, Daniel Lalande dreamed of becoming a wine grower. In 1998 he jumped into the field with great energy and passion. His initial 12 acres of vines have grown to more than 39 acres today.

Established on family-owned land in Saint-Eustache, the Rivière du Chêne winery creates full-time employment for more than 12 families and part-time jobs for 25 others, a point of pride for the owner.

The winery’s team produces a dozen vintages. The most popular are the Phénix and the William reds and whites, the Gabrielle rosé and their highly esteemed ice wine, Monde.

Daring to dream

"When I was 28, I was naive, enthusiastic, passionate and in love. As I travelled to various places, wine really spoke to me and I was like, ‘Wow!’ I bought a part of my father’s land, I studied in France and then, as part of a team, we built the vineyard. We dreamed hard and worked hard. I love thinking about how we’ve put all of that into a bottle."

Getting the most out of the climate

"In the Basses-Laurentides, we have close to 1,200 growing degree days. Of course there are other factors that come into play, but this number of degree days is comparable to a region like Marlborough in New Zealand. In winter, vines are covered with a good thickness of snow. We have varieties that are relatively sensitive to cold—Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in particular—but to block the freezing temperatures, we use geotextile over about seven miles of vineyard."

" What I love the most is when people come and visit the vineyard. Those who just started to appreciate wine are transformed into aficionados of both the vines and the wine, which is something I love to share "

Daniel Lalande

In the glass

"Our whites are fresh with good acidity and their own unique personality, like Swiss Chasselas or Greek Assyrtiko. Our reds can also really stand on their own! In 2013, we decided not to produce Phénix because some of our varieties didn’t meet our quality standards. I’m proud that I have the freedom to do this. I refuse to believe that wine lovers will buy my wine simply because it’s from Quebec. No one drinks Phénix or William to support local business! Our wines have to be good, and with all modesty I can say they truly are!"

  1. Taste tag : Aromatic and supple
    Origine Québec
    Vignoble Rivière du Chêne Phénix 2018 Red wine | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store
  2. Bonus 500 pts
    Taste tag : Fruity and light
    Origine Québec
    Vignoble Rivière du Chêne William 2019 Red wine | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    Regular Price $15.25 Special Price $13.75
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store
  3. Taste tag : Fruity and vibrant
    Origine Québec
    Vignoble Rivière du Chêne William 2020 White wine | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store
  1. Taste tag : Fruity and light
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store
  2. Taste tag : Fruity and extra sweet
    Origine Québec
    Vignoble Rivière du Chêne Monde 2019 Ice wine | 200 ml Canada , Quebec
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store