Bear River Vineyards is run by husband-and-wife team Darren Carey and Susan Wong. It is believed that vines were first planted in Bear River in 1611 by French settlers.
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133 Chute Road, Bear River, Nova Scotia, B0S 1B0
Bear River Vineyards is home to some of Nova Scotia’s first vinifera varieties, which were planted in the late 1990s. The winery is housed in a masterfully-renovated bank-barn that was built in 1883. For those who wish to extend their stay and soak in the history and ambiance, there is also a guest room located in the winery. They utilize the unique four and a half storey layout of the barn for a primarily gravity-fed winemaking process. The microclimate in Bear River allows for the production of vinifera such Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gamay (Susan often says they bought the winery because of the Gamay!). They also produce some traditional blends.
Meet the Winemaker
Susan Wong studied winemaking at UC Davis, California and is a pharmacist by trade. Patrick Cantieni consults in both the cellar and the vineyard. Tours highlighting the winemaking process are offered daily during the season – often by Susan herself.
Ability to Host Special Event
Please note that the winery’s hours could be affected due to the restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please call ahead before visiting.
May 15, 2020-October 15, 2020
Daily: 11am – 6pm
Awards & Recognition
Since the first vintages were produced in 2006, Bear River Vineyards has won over 30 medals for their wines.