Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tour Canada's Most Eastern Vineyards

Nova Scotia Wineries - not only Canada's but North America's most eastern vineyards. From the warm shores of the Northumberland Strait to the fertile Annapolis Valley, over 70 grape growers with more than 550 acres in 7 regions across the province are dedicated to wine.
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 i
n 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.