There’s so much to see, do, and taste in Nova Scotia’s wine regions that you could visit a multitude of times and still find new things to experience every time. Still, there are some experiences that are absolute musts while you’re touring the wine regions of Nova Scotia. Keep reading for ten must-dos that will make your visit an unforgettable and delightful experience!
- Taste the Wines and Buy Your Favourites!
It goes without saying that when you’re in Nova Scotia’s wine country, wine tastings are a must. Every winery offers an array of tasting experiences, all you have to do is choose the one that’s the best fit for you. And, of course, be sure to pick up your favourite wines on location – some of the wines you sample at the winery will only be available on-site, so don’t miss your opportunity to take a bottle (or three) home.
- Explore the Culinary Scene
Nova Scotia’s culinary scene is as rich and diverse as its wine scene, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, pubs, and other eateries serving up dishes inspired by the local harvests from land and sea.
You’ll also find a number of wineries offering unique dining experiences.For an al fresco lunch with stunning vineyards views, visit Gaspereau Vineyards. And for a romantic evening filled with exceptional food and wine, Le Caveau at Domaine de Grand Pre is an absolute must.
- Visit The Look Off
For absolutely stunning views of the Annapolis Valley, make your way to The Look Off, located past Canning on your way up North Mountain. Afterwards, make your way to nearby Blomidon Winery for more spectacular views and, of course, wine.
- Try Wines Outside Your Comfort Zone
There’s no better time to try wines outside your comfort zone than when you’re visiting the wineries themselves. Instead of investing in a full bottle, you’ll have the opportunity to sample an array of wines. Best of all, the winery staff will walk you through the tasting notes and history behind each wine, making every sip a great adventure!
- Stock Up on Local Treats
Homemade apple pies, locally-made cheeses, delicious preserves, artisan breads, fresh produce – Nova Scotia’s wine regions are a treasure trove for those that love food as much as they love wine (and that’s almost everyone).
Be sure to stop at the roadside farm stands that beckon, ask winery staff what their favorite local treats are, and take time to explore the towns and small communities you happen upon – you’re bound to find
- Sample Other Local Beverages
After you’ve had a chance to discover Nova Scotia’s wineries, why not try some other locally-made beverages? Throughout the regions, you’ll find plenty of hard ciders and craft beers on offer. And if you’re touring Cape Breton, be sure to visit Nova Scotia’s only whisky distillery, Glenora.
- Shop Local
Shopping local is a way of life for many Nova Scotians and it’s easy to understand why once you begin exploring the small towns and communities throughout the province. Everywhere you go, you’re bound to happen upon enchanting shops showcasing local artisan wares, roadside stands featuring the bounty of the season, and plenty of other spots where local goodies are waiting to be discovered. Do as the locals do and shop local for your food, drink, and the perfect keepsake to take home.
- Soak up the Scenery
Great wines and gorgeous scenery are nature’s perfect pairing and you’ll find both in abundance in Nova Scotia. From the highlands of Cape Breton to the picturesque views of the Bay of Fundy to stunning pastoral landscapes, every corner of Nova Scotia’s wine regions is replete with incredible scenery.
- Visit the Farmers’ Market
If your tour of Nova Scotia’s wine regions takes you to Wolfville (and it undoubtedly will), a visit to the town’s beloved farmers’ market is an absolute must. Bursting with energy and filled with local food and beverage makers, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market is a hub of the community and a treasured space where buying local is always a delicious proposition.
- Take a Hike
Nova Scotia is a dream come true for those that love hiking, but you don’t have to be a mountaineer to appreciate a rejuvenating hike in nature. Nova Scotia’s wine regions offer plenty of trails for every ability. Cape Split Provincial Park, the Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail, and the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail are just a few of the most popular hiking areas within Nova Scotia’s wine regions. Of course, the best way to end any hike is with a glass of Tidal Bay, Nova Scotia’s signature wine.