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

  • Marechal Foch

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

  • Seyval Blanc

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

  • Muscat

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Nova Scotia View all

  • Gaspereau Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay 2015

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    This wine, made from some lesser known crossings known mainly to Eastern Canadians, is constructed on such grapes as L'Acadie Blanc and Geisenheim-318-57. These varieties, however, evoke a rich perfume - almost like a bowl of freshly picked Himalayan Blackberries. The entry is very tart - perfect for seafood or barbequed chicken. Finish is me... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blomidon Cremant 2013

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    This Cremant-style wine based on some local varieties (L'Acadie Blanc, e.g.) stops just short (and only just) of so-called Style Champagnois but still fortified with Brioche-light scent and white fruit (gooseberry, perhaps). The flavour is superior to ordinary Bourgogne style Cremant, with a somewhat drier finish and more Champagne notes such a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • L'Acadie Vineyards Vintage Cuvee 2014

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    Bruce Ewert (late of the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada) has done ... in the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia (in the Bay of Fundy region); the wine - made from some local varieties (L'Acadie Blanc, Seyval) and Chardonnay exudes Brioche on the nose (though admittedly light) and fine toasty bread and cookie flavours on entry. Finis... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... coast too - up to Maine / Nova Scotia, down to Key West in Florida, and over to New Orleans before Katrina hit that area a while back.  So this summers trip to see the solar eclipse will take us through some territory we have not experienced on the ground.  Plea... Read More

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  • Benjamin Bridge Methode Classique NV

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    An excellent NV Champagne Classique, with a slightly neutral nose, but with a certain citric aspect. Amazing electricity on the palate, with good acidity one associates with a decent Champagne. Lemon oil, and a snappy white fruit (wild) envelope on the palate. A very fine, cold climate wine. 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • BLM,http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/lobster-bay-of-fundy-vegan-rescue-alma-king-louie-new-brunswick-halifax-1.3078879   Read More

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  • Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2014

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    OK so this is from Nova Scotia - a very marginal wine region... however, the area around Wolfville is producing electric ( read: nervy, acidic but still slightly off-dry, slightly sparkling wine of the rose variety) wine. The wine is strangely balanced: the acidity of the slightly underdone grapes plus some residual sugar works to perfection. A... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sandra celebrated her '100 days until retirement' last night in style. ... Island (PEI), which is up in Nova Scotia, Canada.  We both had fish, with me having the Mahi Mahi and Sandra selecting Yellowfin Carpaccio - an appetizer.  We ended up with two glasses of white wine each, sampling a Chardonnay and an Oregon white blend (34% Gewurztramin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Wow!  The Genealogy thread!  DM, you're ancestors might have had ... ... near Vogler's Cove (Nova Scotia) .  My dad's side came from Bavaria (Prussia) in 1754 to Nova Scotia and received land from King George the 2nd.  The Quebecers (the hardcore ones) still can't accept the fact that they lost TWO wars to Britain for control of what was to b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • My dad's mother's mother was born on a farm in Alberta, while my ... ... uncle had a cup of coffee in Nova Scotia before deciding California looked a lot less like the Scotland they were leaving and all around better. Not sure anyone's really 'Canadian' in background, certainly in genetic terms, unless they're a member of a First Nations tribe... Read More

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