Home     •  Our Vineyard •  Genealogy •   Opening hours     •  Our Wines •  Wines Tasting •   Find us
Version française •  Growing vines in Quebec   •   Type of vines   •   The Cycle of the vine •  Photos •  Contact-us  •  Bergerie sur le Lac


La Romance du Vin on TV



Pour, pour the wine! Pour again and always, that I can forget the sadness of days...

(Verse, verse le vin ! verse encore et toujours, que je puisse oublier la tristesse des jours...)

Émile Nelligan (La romance du vin -1899)


La Romance du vin Vignoble was founded in April 1999. In May of the same year 6,000 vines were transplanted. It was the beginning of the adventure...

Our vineyard is located near the Ontarian border, exit 12 of highway 40, facing the Rigaud river near Mount Rigaud, 220 meters, which draws up its mounds of moraine at two kilometres to the North-West. Our land covers approximately 60 acres sloping at about 2 degrees from the west to the east, 12 feet higher than the level of the Rigaud river; better known under it's name of 'la Rivière à la Graisse'. This river ends at a delta, formed by the Ottawa river and the Rigaud river and the lake of Two-Mountains. We are within two kilometres from the Lake, south-east of the Carillon Island.


The Soil

The rather heavy soil, mainly glacial deposits called 'Till', is composed of sandy clay sediments of marine and lakeside origin.

These very fertile clays are grey and red. Some may have a depth reaching from 18 to 25 meters in some areas. The few rocks which were unearthed at the time of ploughing were composed of granite of oval and polished forms. The drifts are those, which were transported by the glaciers. Mount Rigaud, distant by two kilometres of our vineyard, is an immense cluster of various matter left by the glaciers as they melted. During their course, the glaciers eroded the rocks by levelling, striating and polishing some of these surfaces.

Ice grapes Painted by Hélène Léveillée

As the glaciers advanced, they tore off and carted fragments of rock, as well as the greatest part of the movable grounds, that they then deposited on the way when they stop and melt. One calls this type of glacial material 'till'. The till is any sediment transported and deposited by a glacier and which generally is not sorted by melting waters.


The Climate

Located at only two kilometres south of lake of Two-Mountains, the vineyard profits from this vast stretch of water to moderate the ambient air temperature. Indeed, since the dominant winds coming from the west and from the north pass above that extensive length of water, they warm up by taking a little heat, one or two degrees thus avoiding the late frosts of spring in the beginning of May or the early autumnal frosts of the end of September or at the beginning of October. The season is thus lengthened, making it possible for the grapes to take a greater maturity and the wood of the vines to ripen over a longer period. According to Statistics Canada, our area profits from a period of sunshine varying from 2,900 to 3,100 Thermal Units, based on the growth of corn.

You can support your local producer when you visit one of Quebec's vineyards! Come and visit us if you can. It will be a pleasure for us to greet you and share with you our love of winemaking and that of our soil.


For any information, do not hesitate to contact us;



Find us :


La Romance du Vin is located in Rigaud, Quebec, Canada.
Address: 108 Chemin du Bas de la Rivière, Rigaud, QC J0P1P0
Tél : (514) 996-7945

email: alainbellemare@videotron.ca

Directions :

Highway 40 exit 12 (direction towards Ottawa if you come from the east or Montreal area)

At the exit there is a stop, turn left at the stop. You are on Principale street.

Before passing underneath Highway 40 turn right on Robert Lionel Séguin (200 meters from highway's exit) and to go until the end of road; distance ½ km.

At the stop to turn right on Chemin du Bas de la Rivière and proceed to 108 (200 m)

When you'll see this sign, you've found us...

Sculpture: Henri-Paul Bellemare

Drawing by: Hélène Léveillée



To generate a Map


Where to find our wines:

La Maison des Vins au Marché des Saveurs,

Jean-Talon Market, in Montreal.


Summer time:

Thursday: Hudson Farmers Market.

Friday: Marché Champêtre de Rigaud.

Saturday: Finnegan's Market, à Hudson.

Sunday: Marché Duluth, Plateau-Mont-Royal.




The romance of wine


It all mixes in a vivid glare of green gaiety.
O beautiful evening of May! All birds in a chorus,
As well as hopes formerly in my heart,
Modulate their prelude to my open casement.

O the beautiful evening of May! The merry evening of May!
An organ far from bursts in a shivering threnody;
And the sunbeams, such as crimsons swords,
Break through the heart of day which dies fragrant.

I am merry! I am merry! In the crystal, which sings,
Pour, pour the wine! Pour again and always,
That I can forget the sadness of days,
In the disdain which I have of the malicious mob!

I am merry! I am merry! Long live the wine and Arts!...
I have a dream of also writing famous verses,
Verses that will moan mournful melodies
Of autumn winds at far passing into the mist.

It is the reign of bitter laughter and fury
To know yourself to be a poet and the object of contempt,
To know yourself to have a heart and to be understood
Only by the moonlight and stormy evenings!

Women! I drink to you who laugh at the path
Where the Ideal calls me by opening its rosy arms;
I drink to you especially, men with sullen brow
Who look down on my life and push back my hand!


While all sky blue is now starlit in it's glory,
And that an hymn breaks into with gilded renewal,
Over the expiring day I thus did not shed tears,
I which gropes along in my gloomy youthfulness!


I am merry! I am merry! Long live the evening of May!
I am madly merry, without however being drunk!...
Would this be that I am finally happy of live;
Is finally my heart cured of having so loved?


The bells sang; the evening wind is scented...
And while the wine streams in a joyful cascade,
I am so merry, so merry, in my ringing laughter,
O! So merry, that I'm afraid to burst into sobs!

Translated by Alain Bellemare



La Romance du Vin


Tout se mêle en un vif éclat de gaîté verte.
Ô le beau soir de mai ! Tous les oiseaux en choeur,
Ainsi que les espoirs naguères à mon coeur,
Modulent leur prélude à ma croisée ouverte.

Ô le beau soir de mai ! le joyeux soir de mai !
Un orgue au loin éclate en froides mélopées ;
Et les rayons, ainsi que de pourpres épées,
Percent le coeur du jour qui se meurt parfumé.

Je suis gai ! je suis gai ! Dans le cristal qui chante,
Verse, verse le vin ! verse encore et toujours,
Que je puisse oublier la tristesse des jours,
Dans le dédain que j'ai de la foule méchante !

Je suis gai ! je suis gai ! Vive le vin et l'Art !...
J'ai le rêve de faire aussi des vers célèbres,
Des vers qui gémiront les musiques funèbres
Des vents d'automne au loin passant dans le brouillard.

C'est le règne du rire et de la rage
De se savoir poète et l'objet du mépris,
De se savoir un coeur et de n'être compris
Que par le clair de lune et les grands soirs d'orage !

Femmes ! je bois à vous qui riez du chemin
Où l'Idéal m'appelle en ouvrant ses bras roses ;
Je bois à vous surtout, hommes aux fronts moroses
Qui dédaignez ma vie et repoussez ma main !

Pendant que tout l'azur s'étoile dans la gloire,
Et qu'un hymne s'entonne au renouveau doré,
Sur le jour expirant je n'ai donc pas pleuré,
Moi qui marche à tâtons dans ma jeunesse noire !

Je suis gai ! Je suis gai ! Vive le soir de mai !
Je suis follement gai, sans être pourtant ivre !...
Serait-ce que je suis enfin heureux de vivre ;
Enfin mon coeur est-il guéri d'avoir aimé ?

Les cloches ont chanté ; le vent du soir odore...
Et pendant que le vin ruisselle à joyeux flots,
Je suis si gai, si gai, dans mon rire sonore,
Oh ! si gai, que j'ai peur d'éclater en sanglots !


Émile Nelligan (La romance du vin -1899)


Home     •  Our Vineyard •  Genealogy •   Opening hours     •  Our Wines •  Wines Tasting •   Find us
Version française •  Growing vines in Quebec   •   Type of vines   •   The Cycle of the vine •  Photos •  Contact-us  •  Bergerie sur le Lac