What are private imports?
Originally, private imports were intended for restaurants, bars, and a clientele of collectors. Today, private import has become more democratic and reaches many consumers looking for discoveries and niche products.
A private import product cannot be purchased at an SAQ store. It is directly ordered through wine, spirits, and beer agencies. Additionally, these products are sold "by the case", not by the unit. The number of bottles can vary depending on one product to the next: each case usually contains 3, 6, or 12 bottles.
How to order private imports
A3 Quebec member agencies represent more than 50% of private import sales in Quebec. Direct links to the online stores of private import agencies can be found below. Clicking on them will give you access to their product lists and in some instance, will also allow you to order online.