By Andrew Catchpole
Published: 17 April, 2023
A round table focusing on this Atlantic-cooled region revealed a wealth of vinous diversity and serious strength in sparkling, as Andrew Catchpole reports.
Aside from a very select number of pioneers in the UK trade, there’s an element of ‘who knew?’ when it comes to the wines of Nova Scotia. But that’s something that Wine Growers Nova Scotia (WGNS) is looking to change.
Its first solo foray to London in March revealed an offer that was surprisingly diverse, folding in some welcome highs in terms of the styles of wine from this cool-climate Canadian outpost. Harpers followed that tasting with a round table in partnership with WGNS at London’s Hide restaurant, bringing together producers, importers, indies and on-trade, to dive even deeper into the wines and their potential positioning in the UK.
“This is our first ever solo foray with the wines to the UK,” said Justine Lalonde, representing Wine Growers Nova Scotia, adding that the UK is seen as a key market for establishing a profile for the province’s wines.
It’s worth a word on precisely what Nova Scotia produces and the strengths of this still youthful
and evolving wine region.