Nova Scotia Wine

Nova Scotia’s wine industry rarely gets the attention it deserves. Though the climate is cool, several distinct grape-growing regions exist, with the Annapolis Valley as the historic home of viticulture.

The valley has the warmest summer temperatures and benefits from low precipitation levels. It’s here that Roger Dial, one-time managing partner of California’s Davis Bynum Winery, pioneered the Nova Scotia wine industry in the late 1970s with his Grand Pré Winery. After trials with upwards of a 100 varieties from around the world, Grand Pré championed the ecologically suited varietals, L’Acadie Blanc and New York Muscat, as well as the Vitis amurensis varieties Michurinetz and Saperavi Severnyi. The original winery, now known as Domaine de Grand Pré, is owned by Swiss interests.

The province's Northumberland Shore offers an entirely different sort of microclime which has been the viticultural focal point of the Jost family since the late 1970s. The Read more »

Varietals Produced in Nova Scotia View all

  • Seyval Blanc

    Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Ortega

    Ortega’s winter-hardy character has allowed this grape to be successfully grown in British Columbia, and with limited...

  • L'Acadie Blanc

    L’Acadie Blanc is a Vineland (Ontario, Canada) hybrid of great commercial significance in Nova Scotia, Canada. Its na...

  • Marechal Foch

    Marechal Foch (aka. Foch, Kuhlmann 188-2) is a vigorous, early-ripening variety, with good winter hardiness. It is we...

Popular Wineries in Nova Scotia View all

  • Petite Riviere Vineyards & Winery

    French colonists planted the first vine in this area in the early 1600's. In 1994, Petite Riviere...

  • Grand Pre Wines

    At Domaine de Grand Pré, we take great pride in making the finest Nova Scotia wines. We have work...

  • Sainte Famille Wines, Ltd.

    Sainte Famille Wines Ltd. is a small family owned vineyard and winery located on an original Acad...

  • Gaspereau Vineyards

    The beautiful Gaspereau Valley is home to Gaspereau Vineyards, a small boutique winery showcasing...

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  • Can anyone tell me if Snooth ships to Canada?  Love the website. wines ... ... look great, but live in Nova Scotia.&nbs Read More

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  • what a waste of time this website is, I entered an Alberta postal code and they ... show me wines available in Nova Scotia?  Province with one of the smallest selections of wine and only 4500kms away.&nbs Read More

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  • While perusing wines at a quaint boutique in Nova Scotia during a writing respite today, an interesting thought occurred to me. Unless I've overlooked it, there has not been a vibrant thread regarding odd wine labels on this platform heretofore. What are some of the oddest wine labels you've seen or currently have cellared away?  Which most beli... Read More

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  • Great White

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    A simultaneously painful (on the palate) and pleasurable (on the pocketbook) experience. Great White is a cheap and noxious overly sweet wine which may induce early onset diabetes if consumed too frequently due to its high sugar content. At the same time, it is a must try for its quaint and lovable characteristics, and paradox of having such hig... Read More

    Wine review by bcmoney


  • Jost Vineyards White Blend Kellermeister NV

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    This non-vintage, medium-bodied wine is a pale yellow in color, and demonstrates subtle notes of apple. Although on the label it's recommended to drink this alone, or with any dessert, I would say that this wine shines best among desserts and dishes that are consumed primarily in the Fall. I reccommend an Autumn apple crisp, or even a Thanksgivi... Read More

    Wine review by kristahennigar


  • Sainte-Famille Wines Baco Noir Annapolis Valley 2005

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    Wonderful wine from the made from the cousin of Pinot Noirs made in Canada. Unfortunately, this bottle didn't hold up due to improper storing temperatures. :( Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Domaine de Grand Pré Castel Vintner's Reserve 2006

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    Sipping Castel (Vintner's Reserve 2010) and eating steaks grilled on the barbeque. The wine pairs beautifully with the grilled meat- full bodied and bold. Read More

    Wine review by sulliman


  • Gaspereau Vineyards Riesling Annapolis Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Tiujasper


  • Gaspereau Vineyards Riesling Annapolis Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Brandybrake


  • Jost Vineyards Red Blend Côte de Bras Dor Marble Mountain NV

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    My favourite "every day" wine. This is even better than the Marechal Foch, make sure it says Cote de Bras Dor on the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Jennger


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