Nova Scotia’s Newest Winery: Planters Ridge Winery & Vineyard

We’re thrilled to introduce Nova Scotia’s newest winery, Planters Ridge!

Barrels at Planters RidgeLocated in Port Williams, NS this artisanal winery is housed in a 150-year old timber frame barn that combines historical features with some modern flourishes. The over six acres of vineyard is planted on the sandy-clay slopes of a ridge overlooking the pastoral Wellington Dyke.

The Planters Ridge name was selected to reflect the history of the land on which they are situated. The farm was part of an original land grant offered to the New England Planter families in 1760, by the Lieutenant Governor after the Acadian Expulsion. Owners, John McLarty and Lisa Law, purchased the property in 2010 from the seventh generation Woodworth family to have lived on the property.

At Planters Ridge, their intention is to preserve the rich farming history of the property through the cultivation of grapevines. The terroir serves as the inspiration for the wines they produce. They believe in the concept of vineyard enology, which at its core is the belief that wine is made in the vineyard. As a result, they have selected varietals with a natural affinity to this unique terroir that allow them to create uncompromising wines with a true sense of place.

Among the vines at Planters Ridge“Planting a vineyard and setting up a winery from scratch is certainly not for the faint of heart”, states McLarty. “We have used a combination of our life experiences (from science, engineering, finance and agriculture) to redefine the extensive farming history of this extraordinary property and create a contemporary vineyard and winery operation. We are thrilled to introduce Planters Ridge as the next generation of agri-business in Nova Scotia.”

Planters Ridge will be celebrating its Grand Opening weekend June 27-29 2014. The celebration is open to the public all weekend with daily vineyard and cellar tours, select portfolio tastings paired with food and cheese, live music and more!

The winery welcomes connoisseurs and new wine drinkers alike to experience the beauty of the Annapolis Valley from their stunning vantage point in Port Williams. Enjoy eagle watching from their fabulous deck or nestle into a chair beside the fireplace in their tasting room, while embracing a slower pace of life with a taste of truly great Nova Scotian wine. With portfolio tastings available year-round and customized tours offered by appointment only, you are invited to taste the tradition and passion in every bottle.

For more information regarding their Grand Opening, unique terroir, winemaking practices and detailed tasting sheets of their signature wines, visit Planters Ridge’s website at

Taste the Tradition and Passion in Every Bottle

Planters Ridge
1441 Church Street
Port Williams, NS
B0P 1T0
(902) 542-2711