Since twenty years, several thriving vineyards are producing award-winning wines, that can be tasted and tested during the popular wine tours from May to October.
The earliest vines in Nova Scotia were planted in 1611 by Champlain’s hardy band of settlers. Today these internationally successful varieties chosen by vineyard owners include:
- Marechal Foch
- Baco Noir
- Seyval Blanc
- L’Acadie Blanc
Jost Vineyards on the northern shores of the province produced the first icewine outside of British Columbia and Ontario to be lauded as the Best Ice Wine in the country at the All-Canadian Wine Championships.
Attend a wine appreciation event, hosted by the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission: “Annual Port of Wines Festival” and the “Wine and Spirits Showcase”, or book a reservation at one of the many Halifax restaurants that are famous for their wine cellars, such as Seven, Gio, Chives Bistro, Da Maurizio, Onyx or Wolfvilles Blomidon Inn.
Even better: enjoy a leisurely tour of all Nova Scotia wineries, with lots of tastings. Most wineries are open year-round, not only during the Fall Wine Festival and some wineries participate at the Ice Wine Festival.