After having spent many years in stressful careers, owners Stewart Creaser and Lorraine Vassalo thought it would be a fabulous idea to own a beautiful little vineyard and spend their days relaxing while working in the fields.
So they did for a while–but their goal was to grow the best grapes possible in Nova Scotia, and once the grapevines began to respond to the additional care, they kept raising the bar. It’s often repeated that great wine is made in the vineyard and Avondale Sky happens to have one of the oldest vineyards in the province, but the winery itself is one of the newest. Actually, it may be the only new thing at Avondale Sky, where the winery is a salvaged old barn rescued from a dike along the St. Croix River, and the centerpiece for the winery is the magnificent former St. Matthew’s Church from Walton.
Avondale Sky opened their doors to the public in the fall of 2011 and have been producing award-winning wines since 2009.