Since the beginning of the 1980s and, for almost three decades, we have been able to prove that vine was well - rooted in our Québec soil. It is here to stay, now forming part of our agricultural reality and our rural landscapes. After all these years, we can claim to have acquired precious knowledge, especially in know-how, obtained and developed from our errors but also from our many success stories.
If 30 years ago we were clearing the land, today we are reaping the fruits of determination, conviction and passion. In recent years, Québec wines have become prominent in provincial, national and international competitions, putting Québec on the global wine map.
In the spring of 2008, we formed a work group with the mission of finding and realizing the ideal tool to recognize the expertise of our fledgling industry. A year later, the certification program for Québec wine was taking off.
What is the “Certification des Vins du Québec”?
Main characteristics of the program
Sustainable viticulture is the application of the principles of sustainable development in grape-growing. Therefore, it means to ensure grape production by respecting ecological, economic and social boundaries that ensure the sustainability of this production over time (longevity).
An example: the integrated fight to control pests (screening and using less harmful products), to select production sites, to encourage good environmental practices and to monitor salubrity, safety and traceability. The respect of wine - growing standards contributes to the quality of the grapes and optimization of environmental respect.
Wine-making and crop growing
To ensure the impartiality of the certification program, the control of standard compliance has been entrusted to an external certification organization (certified in accordance to the ISO 65 Guide). The A.V.Q. has concluded an agreement with the “Concert “firm, a subsidiary of Écocert (biological culture) to ensure this control.
Stringent control measures allow exercising the follow-up of each step, starting with viticulture to wine -making, then to the complete ageing of products labelled “Vin Certifié du Québec.” Continuous traceability ensures identification and rigorous monitoring of wines. Moreover, with this thorough follow-up on the certified wines, the A.V.Q. becomes one of the most stringent Canadian leaders in monitoring.
In order to assure the efficiency of the control plan and book of specification, the certification of Québec wines is being pursued from the Conseil des Appellations Réservées et des Termes Valorisants (CARTV) which was set up by the Government of Québec on November 6, 2006.
By initiating the certification of Québec wines, the A.V.Q. positions itself in environmental friendliness, authenticity and quality.
Don’t hesitate and put Québec into your wine glass.