With international travel still a far away dream, we can't get over how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place that makes domestic travel the envy of many. The best part? You don’t even have to travel that far! Such is the case of Château Taillefer Lafon, less than an hour from Montreal in Laval.\nThough it's not yet open for visits, the vineyard has us dreaming of an escape from the city.\nDating back to the 1800s, Château Taillefer Lafon is considered the first vineyard authorized to call itself such.\nThe term “château” was previously held for larger, European properties, but when you gaze upon the stunning estate, you’ll see how and why it got the honour.\nAccording to the vineyard’s website, its mission is to, “focus on local innovation in order to offer our customers a unique experience.”\nAnd a unique experience they deliver, indeed. Visitors can enjoy an abundance of sceneries and settings, from serene nature on the back terrace, to the extravagant Louis XVI style lounge, to the romantic medieval style cellar room.\nAs for keeping it local, the vineyard’s circular economy works to maximize existing resources, as opposed to outsourcing new ones.\nEverything from apple cores to wine barrels gets upcycled, recycled, and composted to give back to the land that the team at Château Taillefer Lafon is are so grateful for.\nBut of course, nothing says royalty quite like silver and gold. In just one year after its first harvest, Château Taillefer Lafon won gold for its ice wine and silver for its ice cider at the World Wine Selections 2004 — not bad for a first harvest and going up against 2,300 products from over 30 countries.\nView this post on Instagram L'été n'est pas fini... 🌿☺️ #chateautailleferlafon #laval #vignoble #winery A post shared by Château Taillefer Lafon (@chateautailleferlafon) on Sep 11, 2017 at 8:50pm PDT\nAnd for those who aren’t ice wine and ice cider connoisseurs, the Château has a wide range of products, including red, white, rose, and cider.\nThose looking to be treated like royalty beyond royalty may want to join the wine club.\nBe welcomed with open arms to reserved tables on the terrace, prestigious wine selections, private wine tours and, of course, discounts on the award-winning wines.\nView this post on Instagram Les journées ensoleillées au Château Taillefer Lafon, quoi demander de mieux? 🌿🍇 A post shared by Château Taillefer Lafon (@chateautailleferlafon) on Jul 5, 2017 at 7:55am PDT\nAs the province and businesses begin to reopen, visitors should call ahead to guarantee the vineyard is open to the public.\nChâteau Taillefer Lafon\nWhere: 1500, Montée Champagne, Ste-Dorothée, Laval\nWhen: Call ahead for the latest opening times or make a reservation online.\nWhy You Need To Go: To find the royal treatment right near Montreal.\n View this post on Instagram Nous avons un peu trop hâte à l’été, et vous?😧🌿 #summer #été #vignes #laval #mariage #vin A post shared by Château Taillefer Lafon (@chateautailleferlafon) on Feb 26, 2018 at 11:56am PST\n\nWebsite\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.