Reserved designation – Protected Geographical Indication

In December 2014, the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture recognized the reserved geographical designation: Quebec Ice Cider-Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).

This reserved designation refers to a product differentiated by its quality, authenticity and reputation linked to the geographical area in which the product comes from. Moreover, the PGI preserves the particularities of the product and offers consumers a guarantee of compliance with the certification requirements.

The definition of Quebec’s Ice Cider refers to “ciders produced exclusively from varieties of late harvest apples grown in Quebec and picked at maturity, obtained by the partial fermentation of apple juice, the sugars of which are concentrated only by means of natural cold”. The products are also subjected to an organoleptic evaluation by an accreditation committee. The PGI is used to control production to provide a superior and controlled product at all times.

How to recognize certified products?

The Quebec Ice Cider PGI logo makes it easy to locate certified products and guarantees a genuine and compliant product. Look for it!

What requirements do producers have to meet?

In order to be certified, an ice cider producer must meet the requirements of the CARTV approved specifications. Ecocert, a certification body accredited by the CARTV, regularly visits cider producers to ensure that the rules are respected. Among these requirements:

  • Processing and bottling in the designated geographic area
  • Must consist of late-harvest apples grown in Quebec
  • The alcohol level must be of at least 9% and not more than 13% by volume
  • The residual sugar content must be of at least 140 grams per liter
  • Pressing must take place between December 1st and March 1st
  • There are two methods of concentration of sugars permitted:
    • Cryoconcentration (concentration of sugars in apple juice after pressing)
    • Cryoextraction (concentration of sugars in the apple before pressing)
  • Only natural cold can be used for the concentration of sugars
  • Organoleptic evaluation by an accreditation committee
  • Chemical analysis by the SAQ quality laboratory
  • Compliant and representative labeling of the manufacture of Ice cider

List of certified products

Product Company
Du Minot des glaces, récolte 2014 Cidrerie du Minot
Du Minot des glaces, récolte hivernale 2014 Cidrerie du Minot
Cidre de glace Michel Jodoin, récoltes 2015 et 2016 Cidrerie Michel Jodoin
Réserve du Domaine, récolte 2014 Domaine Cartier-Potelle
Le Cortland, récoltes 2014, 2015 et 2016 Domaine Cartier-Potelle
Domaine Cartier-Potelle, récolte 2015 Domaine Cartier-Potelle
Cidre de glace, récoltes 2014 et 2015 Domaine de Lavoie
Domaine Pinnacle, récolte 2014 Domaine Pinnacle
Neige Première Cidre de glace, récoltes 2014 et 2015 Domaine Neige/La Face cachée de la pomme
Domaine Lafrance Cidre de glace, récoltes 2014, 2015 et 2016 Domaine Lafrance
Domaine Lafrance, Cuvée spéciale, récoltes 2014 et 2015 Domaine Lafrance
Petit & Fils, récoltes 2014 et 2015 Les Vergers Petit & Fils

Last update: December 11, 2017

Reference documents

Specifications are available on the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV)’s website.

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