Founded 38 years ago in Dunham, in the Eastern Townships, l’Orpailleur has always been a place of gathering and discovery for wine lovers and amateurs. Since 2001, the vineyard’s Économusée has been working on demystifying the viticulture world and the work of artisans in Quebec. "Our goal is to receive people on our property," says de Coussergues. Last year, he and his partners, Hervé Durand, Frank Furtado, and Pierre Rodrigue, invested more than $400,000 to improve their facilities.
The owners also have to be ready for the nice season, despite the constraints imposed by the pandemic. While waiting for the arrival of foreign workers currently stuck at the Mexican border, they had lots of help from people from here. "Many Quebecers answered our call on Facebook," says de Coussergues. “In total, a dozen people worked on pruning. They were a great help.”