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 »

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Varietals Produced in Nova Scotia View all

  • 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...

  • Ortega

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Nova Scotia View all

  • Sainte Famille Wines, Ltd.

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

  • Grand Pre Wines

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

  • Gaspereau Vineyards

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

  • Petite Riviere Vineyards & Winery

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

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