Toast to success:

‘Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Tour’

Halifax, Nova Scotia (November 23, 2006) – The Winery Association of Nova Scotia raised its glass to toast the success of the inaugural ‘Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Tour’, a festival that took place throughout the province in September and October.

Following 2006’s grape growing season, described by experts as “among the best ever,” the fall festival was created to help build awareness of and interest in Nova Scotia wine and wine country. Residents and visitors to Nova Scotia were invited to walk through vineyards, sample a variety of quality wines, and learn about food and wine pairing.

“The inaugural fall festival created an increased awareness and buzz around the province about Nova Scotia wines,” said Hans Christian Jost, President, Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “The wineries working together helped achieve record attendance at most events.” 19 events were featured throughout the province ranging from wine tasting and winery tours, to barrel racing and grape stomps. Association member’s dinners, featuring Nova Scotia food and wine, sold out at participating restaurants in Shelburne, Liverpool, Lunenburg, Antigonish, Wolfville and Halifax.

“The turnout at this year’s events are encouraging for the future growth of the industry in Nova Scotia,” said Jost. “People who participated in the festival are finding out what we have known for a long time, and that is that Nova Scotia is producing some very beautiful, distinctive wines.” “The Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Tour opened the eyes of many people to the wine industry in Nova Scotia,” said Sean Buckland, Principal, Valley Wine Tours. “There is a greater awareness among Nova Scotians, as well as out of province tourists, about the quality wines produced here.”

The Association intends to grow the event in future years, making the fall wine festival an annually recognized event in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia’s soil and climatic conditions mingle to create some of the most distinctive, premium grapes in North America. In total, more than 320 total acres of vines are in production across the province, producing wines that are considered by sommeliers to have body, depth and character. “Of all the provinces in Canada making wine, the affinity between wine and food is brilliant in Nova Scotia,” said Tony Aspler, author of the Wine Atlas of Canada, at the recent launch of his book in Halifax.

The Winery Association of Nova Scotia represents wineries across the province. Nova Scotia wineries have garnered international acclaim for their efforts and passion. The association includes: Bear River Vineyards, Benjamin Bridge, Blomidon Estates Winery, Domaine de Grande Pre, Gaspereau Vineyards, Jost Vineyards, Lunenburg County Winery, Petite Riviere Vineyards, and Sainte-Famille Wines.

Contact: Martha Reynolds, Winery Association of Nova Scotia (902) 431-5533 (902) 209-1556