Situated on one of the cooler climate limits for vines, Nova Scotia’s soil and mesoclimates create some of the most distinctive premium-quality grapes in North America. We have a long and rich tradition for growing grapes for wine dating back to the 1600s, when this was one of the first areas to cultivate grapes in North America.
There are over 70 grape growers and more than 600 acres under vine in several different regions across the province. Our wineries who have garnered international acclaim for their efforts and genuine passion, including the introduction of our appellation wine, Tidal Bay. There are 17 wineries in operation in the province, with several more on the horizon. Additional information can be found at www.winesofnovascotia.ca . A few highlights include:
Eileanan Breagha Vineyards
Eileanan Breagha Vineyards is the first and only estate winery on Cape Breton Island. The vineyard’s name, pronouced AY-len-an BREE-ah, means ‘beautiful islands’ in Gaelic and describes the view from its location, perched upon Marble Mountain overlooking the Bras d’Or Lake. Stop in to sample in their newly opened tasting room to sample and purchase!
Under new ownership, Jost Vineyards has introduced new wines to accompany a gorgeous new showroom and patio. Food and beverage service now available on a year round basis.
Located in Port Williams, Planters Ridge opened in 2014 to rave reviews! The state of the art winery is housed in a renovated 150 year old Post and Beam barn. The tasting room is beautifully done with exposed beams and the deck offers amazing sweeping views of the vineyard. The vineyard has views of the Minas Basin at high tide.
Blomidon Estate Winery
Blomidon Estate Winery has completed construction a new tasting room overlooking the Minas Basin. The new space has a tasting bar overlooking the vineyards and the water, a new retail space and a fantastic deck where you can enjoy one or several glasses of wine.
Avondale Sky Winery
Avondale Sky Winery is one of the oldest vineyards in the province yet the winery itself is among the newest. Their story is truly original: rather than construct a new winery, the decision was made to salvage an old barn which was looking forlorn on a dike along the St. Croix River ten kilometers from the vineyard. While it was being dismantled to be transported to its new home, offers to rescue other barns and buildings began to trickle in, including St. Matthews Church in Walton. The simple, elegant structure exuded a calm strength. The vintners couldn’t stand knowing that if it wasn’t given a new home, it would be destroyed. So the former church underwent quite the journey to move 42 kilometers via road and ferry to its new home in Avondale. Today the great travelling church is one of the most tranquil and lovely wine tasting rooms in the world.
Domaine de Grand Pre
Domaine de Grand Pre Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the Province and is home to one of the best winery restaurants in the world, Le Caveau.
Lightfoot & Wolfville
The next addition to Nova Scotia's growing wine family, Lightfoot & Wolfville will open its doors to the public in 2017.