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The Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS) is currently seeking an Executive Director who will be responsible to the Board of Directors for the effective management of WANS and the hands-on implementation of strategies designed to further the interests of Nova Scotia’s emerging wine industry. The Executive Director reports to the Board read more

RFP for a Wines of Nova Scotia Website Design Project

This Request for Proposals (the “RFP”)  is for design and development services for a new website for Wines of Nova Scotia. You can view the RFP along with submission instructions here. (click here) If you have any questions, please contact Tracey Singleton at | 902.940.3195. All submissions should be read more

Benjamin Bridge growing around new 18-tonne grape press

Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, winemaker at Benjamin Bridge, and Gillian Mainguy, head of sales, pour samples of the winery’s new sparkling wines at The Port on Thursday, the same day Benjamin Bridge took delivery of an 18-tonne grape press from France. - Bill Spurr One way to draw a crowd to The Port, the NSLC’s fanciest store, is to announce a free pouring of the new Benjamin Bridge sparkling wines. But for winemaker Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, the introductions of a new 2015 rosé and a 2014 brut on Thursday were overshadowed by a delivery read more

Will Travel for Wine Best Paired with Ocean Views and Food By Janet Dorozynski Uniquely Nova Scotia There is a saying that goes what grows together goes together and nothing could be more fitting to describe how the wines of Nova Scotia have evolved to become the natural and perfect partners for the read more

Local Traditional Method Sparkling Wines Top Provincial, National and International Competitions

Local Traditional Method Sparkling Wines Top Provincial, National and International Competitions Canning, N.S. – Blomidon Estate Winery is having an impressive year. Three of their traditional method sparkling wines have been raking in awards locally, nationally and internationally. “What an incredible year 2019 has been for us so far,” says read more

WITH ZEST: A taste of climate change: Last year’s June frost had devastating impact on Nova Scotia wineries   Nova Scotia wineries could be forgiven if they said the taste of climate change was a little off following the 2018 vintage. The wine industry had been riding a crest of success over the last decade. With an ever-increasing thirst for local at liquor stores and huge increases read more

Eileanan Breagha joins Tidal Bay party   While wineries around the province were dealing with the effects of a killing frost early last June, Ken MacLellan, owner of Eileanan Breagha in Cape Breton, was dealing with a different issue. “The lake sheltered us from the frost quite a bit. Some of … the one- or read more

Minister MacAulay officially opens research winery in Kentville, Nova Scotia   KENTVILLE, NS, Feb. 28, 2019 /CNW/ – Nova Scotia’s reputation as a wine-growing region continues to flourish with award-winning labels and expanding production.  In 2018, the province’s 23 licensed wineries produced 1.5 million litres of wine valued at over $23 million, employing over 700 people. Today, Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, read more

Université Sainte-Anne awarded funds for implementation of a research winery

Church Point (NS), March 5, 2019 – Université Sainte-Anne is excited to announce that the Research Nova Scotia Trust is awarding $295,205 in funding to professors Karine Pedneault and Gustavo Leite. This funding will build the spaces and physical resources required to conduct the research activities planned in the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriScience Programproject announced read more


Canada's Tastemakers: Tidal Bay Wine | Food Bloggers of Canada

In our continuing Canada’s Tastemakers series we profile people who are making an impact on Canada’s food scene,  from authors to producers to chefs and more. Sometimes a tastemaker doesn’t have to be a person – sometimes it can be a product that’s the embodiment of a place.  Like Tidal Bay wine. Tiffany read more

Benjamin Bridge Riesling 2016, Nova Scotia

Wine does not get much more vibrant than this. Benjamin Bridge, the sparkling-wine specialist, has crafted a superb still riesling that combines a dollop of off-dry sweetness with electric-tart acidity for remarkable tension and balance. The flavours suggest lemon-lime, red berries, stone fruit and saline minerality. A wine that can read more

Bubbly Buyer’s Guide – December 2018 – Nova Scotia Mentions

Canadian Traditional Method Sparkling Wines Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique Brut Reserve 2012, Nova Scotia ($74.95, winery direct) Michael Godel – A bottle of this was gifted to christen the first Irving Shipyard-built Arctic patrol vessel. Sophie Trudeau used the bottle to christen the Harry DeWolf during an October ceremony on the read more


Halifax, N.S. – The 2018 Restaurant Awards Dinner, hosted by the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS) celebrated outstanding service in the food and beverage industry at the annual awards dinner held on November 14, 2018 at The Prince George Hotel. “A large successful event with a sold-out crowd of read more

Blomidon Estate Winery’s 2014 Blanc de Noirs


A Nova Scotian bubbly goes great with food. No surprise, then, that contestant chefs at Canada’s Great Kitchen Party in Halifax—the rebranded Gold Medal Plates national culinary competition—choose overwhelmingly to pair their competition dishes with local sparkling wine. This makes for an especially good opportunity to size up some of read more


The award, established by former Lieutenant Governor Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant in 2014, recognizes the exceptional quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the dedication and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry. Four wines received the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia read more

Weathering the storm: How the changing climate affects our vineyards


MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON This year’s record-breaking warm, dry summer gave grape-growers and winemakers a sweet taste of what climate change has in store for Nova Scotia. That heat came just after a freeze in early June—late in the season for a frost so severe—offered another, bitter, glimpse at what climate change will read more

Avondale Sky’s Blank Canvas

avondale.jpg   When Justin Floyd was tasked with designing the menu at Avondale Sky Winery’s patio restaurant, he settled on a simple concept. “I wanted to make food that I would eat while drinking wine, on a deck, on a sunny day, in a beautiful place,” he said, motioning to read more

Luckett Vineyards’ Ortega


JESSICA EMIN Sometimes, while everyone else is flocking to the newest wine creations, a classic is quietly released to those waiting in the wings for something like Luckett Vineyards’s 2017 Ortega ($24). Ortega, an aromatic white grape of the vitis vinifera species, native to Europe, is also moderately hardy, surviving to about -25° C. read more

La vallée effervescente du vin en Nouvelle-Écosse

Depuis une vingtaine d’années, la Nouvelle-Écosse développe son industrie viticole. La province maritime est la 4e productrice de vin au Canada après la Colombie-Britannique, l’Ontario et le Québec. Il y a 20 ans, ce secteur était surtout expérimental. Les vins de ce coin de pays surprennent toutefois de plus en read more

Latest interprovincial wine-trade proposals not much to cheer about

Opinion: A country that is pushing the merits of free trade needs to put its (or consumers’) money where its mouth is There are 700 wineries in Canada producing at least 6,000 individual labels annually.Getty Images/iStockphoto By Perrin Beatty and Dan Paszkowski Canadians can buy almost any good from another read more

Planters Ridge’s Infatuation


Planters Ridge, still a new kid on the wine block in Nova Scotia, has been releasing an array of clean, innovative, high-quality wines since opening in 2014. It seems the winery nails it every season with at least one wine, and in very competitive categories— last year Planters Ridge made read more

Avondale Sky’s Benediction


Avondale Sky Winery just released a new vintage of its Benediction, a traditional (Champagne) method sparkling wine made from Geisenheim 318—a grape hybrid bred at (and named for) the Geisenheim Research Centre, from parents Riesling and Chancellor. The grape may have originated in Germany, but the wine is all Nova Scotia. read more

Nova Scotia Pét-Nat’s natural beauty

With summer around the corner we’re pining for Pétillant Naturel a cloudy, small-batch natural wine that critics say is here to stay. By Moira Peters It sounds like the most natural thing in the world. “You’re harvesting grapes, pressing them in whole clusters, letting the juice sit, and the ferment read more

Avondale Sky Winery gets intimate and interactive

A pilot project offers visitors a taste of a day in the life on the vineyard. By Moira Peters Discover Our Vineyard Secrets Avondale Sky Winery, 80 Avondale Cross Road, Newport Landing Sat March 31, 2-7pm Winemaker for a Day Sat April 14, 2-7:30pm Late one Monday morning in the read more

Free this wine! Finally a plan to break down the provincial borders blocking our bottles

Michel Kelly-Gagnon and Dan Paszkowski: There is no reason to section the country into distinct markets with limited access to goods and services In June 2016, the Senate released its report “Tear Down These Walls: Dismantling Canada’s Internal Trade Barriers,” which called upon federal and provincial/territorial governments to take priority read more

N.S. products boost NSLC sales

Nearly three per cent growth thanks to Maritime spirits, beer and wine Nova Scotian products helped boost Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation sales by almost three per cent last quarter compared to the same period in 2016. The NSLC released figures Tuesday showing that sales were up $4.7 million from Oct. read more

Nova Scotia Growers Map Risks, Opportunities $1 million grant enables study of climate impacts on grapes, wine and sales

Truro, Nova Scotia—A million-dollar research project is nearing completion with the aim of helping Nova Scotia’s wine industry map growth opportunities and assess risks associated with climate change. Supported by $1 million in funding from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s AgriRisk Initiatives program and managed by the Nova Scotia Federation of read more

Nova Scotia wine’s time to shine

Looking back at the year in local wine—standout drinks, big moments and exciting hints at what’s next. By Moira Peters Twenty seventeen was a momentous year for Nova Scotia wine. At home, we organized a successful Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium, hosted the WineAlign National Wine Awards and launched our 2016 read more

The Canadian Sparkling Wine Region You Need to Know About

Nova Scotia’s wines, which some say rival Champagne, didn’t always hold such an esteemed reputation in the wine community LINDSAY BURGESS December 01, 2017 In a covering note for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay’s online wine list, head sommelier James Lloyd explains what his team looks for when choosing a bottle. “The read more

Four local wines to hunt down

Local wine experts weigh in on what homegrown bottles they’re drinking. By Allison Saunders @alliesaysrelax MARC JOLIN Lesley Quinn, sommelier at The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar Drink of choice: 2015 Mercator Sauvage Sur Lie “It’s one of the first white wines in Nova Scotia that I feel has shown read more

Canadian Wine & Grape Industry 2015 Economic Impact Study

Canadian Wine and Grape Industry Contributes $9 Billion in Economic Impact to Canadian Economy Ottawa, ON – March 7, 2017 – Together with the All-Party Parliamentary Canadian Wine Caucus, the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) and its partners are happy to announce the results of a research study conducted on the read more

Request for Proposal: Tidal Bay Marketing Campaign

The Winery Association of Nova Scotia is currently accepting proposals in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the development of a new marketing campaign for Tidal Bay. Tidal Bay has been produced since vintage 2011 (with a small pilot in vintage 2010), and is now onto its sixth read more

Wines of Canada at ProWein 2016

22 wine producers from three Canadian provinces will exhibit at international trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany Canadian wineries from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia have joined together to exhibit under the brand of ‘Wines of Canada’ at ProWein 2016. Over three days, 22 wineries from Canada’s wine growing regions read more

12 Tides – A Wine Tasting Event

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12 Tides – A Wine Tasting Event June 4, 2015, 7:30 – 10pm Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel Tickets: $65 Buy Tickets Discover Nova Scotia’s premium white wine, Tidal Bay. For the first time, taste the new 2014 vintages of Tidal Bay side by side. Challenge your palate at the blind read more

Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards: Celebrating Culinary Excellence

PRESS RELEASE Halifax, N.S. – The Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards celebrates excellence in the culinary industry and recognizes producers and restaurants that provide exceptional culinary experiences. Winners, from consumer and industry nominations, were announced during the annual Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s (TIANS) Tourism Summit on November read more

Domaine de Grand Pré’s Award-winning Riesling on Global

Winemaker at Domaine de Grand Pré, Jürg Stutz, was on Global Morning News this morning. Their first vintage of Riesling received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wine this afternoon and recently received gold at the Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards. Your browser does not support frames. Click read more

Moderation Tastes Better

Web banner for CVA Moderation Taste Better

“The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) is very pleased to announce the release of its new website, Moderation Tastes Better: The online educational resource is intended for adult wine drinkers in Canada to help build awareness and understanding of Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines.” Read the full article.

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the establishment of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines to honour and recognize the best of Nova Scotia wines. Please download the following documentation for more read more

Study Concludes Nova Scotia Wine Industry is Ripe, Robust and Remarkable

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Economic impact study shows NS wine industry worth almost $200 million/year. Lunenburg, N.S. – The Winery Association of Nova Scotia today released an economic impact study concluding that the wine industry contributes $196 million dollars annually to the Nova Scotia economy. “This study shows just how rapidly the Nova Scotia read more

Nova Scotia Bubbly Sparkles on International Stage

Bruce of L'Acadie.

L’Acadie Vineyards’ 2007 Prestige Brut brings home Silver Medal in prestigious international competition. Corks popped when L’Acadie Vineyards heard the news that their pride and joy Prestige Brut was the only entry from North America to win a medal in the 9th international competition of the world’s best sparkling wines. read more

NS Hosts Canadian Wine Awards

August 21 to 25 , 2011 “The Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards has become the measuring stick for Canadian winegrowers and a fabulous opportunity to present their wines to many of Canada’s most respected wine commentators on a national stage,” says Anthony Gismondi, Wine Access magazine’s editor-in-chief. “More than just read more

Nova Scotia Takes Home 26 Wine Awards

All Canadian Wine Awards 2011 Nova Scotia wineries received 26 awards, including four Double Gold medals, at the annual All Canadian Wine Championships in Windsor, Ontario this year. “I’m particularly delighted with our awards, especially our Double Golds, at this last competition,” says Hans Christian Jost, owner of Jost Vineyards. read more

2010 Press Releases

An archive of press releases from 2010. November 2, 2010 L’Acadie Vineyards Wins Gold For 2007 Prestige Brut (PDF) October 18, 2010 2010 Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards Announced (PDF) October 8, 2010 Annapolis Highland Vineyards’ New Release (PDF) September 15, 2010 Celebrate Local Wines during the Nova Scotia Fall Wine read more

Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards

October 18, 2010 Six wineries from Nova Scotia received gold medals at the second annual Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards this week. Presented by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers Atlantic Chapter (CAPSAC) the awards recognize excellence in local wines. Congratulations to all our medal winners! Press Release For more information read more

Grand Celebrations for Grand Pré

Domaine de Grand Pré Winery has a lot to celebrate this year. 2010 marks their 10th anniversary, they released their first traditional method sparkling wines and they have been chosen as the exclusive wine supplier for the 100th Anniversaryof the Canadian Navy. Besides other official events, Grand Pré’s Blueberry Sparkling, read more

Canadian Wine Awards

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Domaine de Grand Pré & L’Acadie Vineyards Congratulations to both wineries for their recents wins at the Canadian Wine Awards. Grand Pré’s Jurg Stütz received Bronze for his NV Champlain and NV Ice Cuvee traditional method sparkling wines. Winemaker Bruce Ewert of L’Acadie Vineyards recieved a Gold for his 2007 read more

Toast to success:

‘Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Tour’ Halifax, Nova Scotia (November 23, 2006) – The Winery Association of Nova Scotia raised its glass to toast the success of the inaugural ‘Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Tour’, a festival that took place throughout the province in September and October. Following read more