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

  • 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...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Seyval Blanc

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

  • Ortega

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

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...

  • 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...

  • Grand Pre Wines

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

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  • Great White


    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


    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


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by Tiujasper

  • Gaspereau Vineyards Riesling Annapolis Valley 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Brandybrake

  • Jost Vineyards Marechal Foch 2005


    Excellent dry red. Read More

    Wine review by Jennger

  • Jost Vineyards Prost NV


    We visited the Jost Vineyards years ago but I still have a wonderful hat from your gift shop.My question, do you have a gift shop web page?Thanks,Carita Read More

    Wine review by Carita Clayton

  • We're pleased to share fall wine picks and food pairings from our luxury Nova Scotia bed & breakfast property, DesBarres Manor Inn. You can read the pairings here: hope you enjoy our picks and pairings. We'd love to hear from you if you have comments. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fall Wine Picks From Nova Scotia by 106408Authentic Seacoast 106408 Authentic Seacoast

  • Gaspereau Vineyards Lucie Kuhlmann NV


    Gaspereau Vineyards Lucie Kuhlmann 2002 is one of my favourite red wines! Smooth, smoky, rich berry flavours with a hint of oakiness. Excellent with cheese, and my favourite red meat! Read More

    Wine review by Jim 2007

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