New Wines from Nova Scotia shine

2007 All Canadian Wine Championships

Halifax, Nova Scotia (May 24, 2007) – Promoting Nova Scotia wines just got a whole lot easier this week because Nova Scotia wineries took home a dozen medals at the All Canadian Wine Championships held in Windsor, Ontario last week – the most the Nova Scotia industry has ever garnered in one fell swoop. This is on top of the international medals it won two weeks ago at the Tasters Guild wine judging competition.

“My job just got a whole lot easier”, said Martha Reynolds, Executive Director of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “Medals are important because they’re an indicator of how your wines compare to wines from around the world. There are just so many wines to choose from that consumers often look at medal winners as an indication of quality because they’ve been judged by people who are in the habit of tasting lots and lots of wines and have given your wines the thumbs up.” “We’re really proud,” she said, “because many of the medals were won for new and exciting single varietals and French-style blends.”

What’s especially wonderful is winning so many Golds this time around which means that our wines are just getting better. “For me a gold medal is a confirmation of our high quality thinking – and especially three gold medals from an All Canadian Wine Championship” said Hanspeter Stutz, owner of Grand Pre Wines. Jurg Stutz, his son and winemaker won gold medals for their 2006 Vidal Icewine, a 2006 Vintners Reserve Castel (a red table wine) and the 2006 Seyval Blanc. “2006 was just a great year for our grapes so we’re seeing the results of that” he said.

Not far from Grand Pre wines, Gaspereau Vineyards has reason to be proud also. “I’m extremely happy to see Gaspereau Vineyards receive Gold for its newest red blend – Vitis. Up until now, our reds have been labeled as single varietals so to see a brand new concept for us win top honours is wonderful. Blending different grape varieties grown here in Nova Scotia allows us to borrow the best characteristics and make a wine that is just more complex”, said Gina Haverstock, Gaspereau Valley’s new winemaker. Especially rewarding too, is her first vintage of a Reisling, which won a Silver in the Reisling’s over $20 wine category.

“The All-Canadian Wine Championship is Canada’s Oscars when it comes to wines, so to win that many Golds is a great thing and shows how Nova Scotia wines can and do stand up to scrutiny by our peers from Niagara and BC . We’re just tickled pink,” said Hans Christian Jost, who took home two best of category or ‘double gold’ medals for his Jost 2005 Leon Millot and the Jost 2005 L’Acadie Pinot Grigio.

Over 40 professionals critiqued a record number 932 entries from 132 wineries representing all wine regions from coast to coast.

Contact:

Hanspeter Stutz, Grand Pre Wines
902 542 1753

Gina Haverstock,
Gaspereau Vineyards
902 542 1455

Hans Christian Jost,
Jost Vineyards
902 257 2636

Martha Reynolds,
Winery Association of Nova Scotia
902 431 5533
902 209 1556 (cell)