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Wineries of Nova Scotia

on October 15, 2012

A perfect Autumn day to visit the various wineries in Nova Scotia beginning with a drive to Malagash, Nova Scotia located on the Northumberland Strait which we visited on the way home from our U. S. trip.

First stop is Jost Vineyards

Situated on over 100 acres by the North Shores Sunrise Trail it is the largest and longest operating winery in Atlantic Canada. Malagash is located on the 45th parallel, the same as parts of France and Germany with cooler temperate climates which produce fruit forward wines. The area enjoys a mezzo climate with more sunny days than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada.

The Jost family legacy of winemaking dates back 400 years to Germany. They pioneered the wine industry in Atlantic Canada and support a majority of independent vineyard operations.

Next stop is Annapolis Highland Vineyard 

The Annapolis Highland Vineyard is located just outside Bear River, approximately 10 miles from Digby, Nova Scotia. We happened to meet the owner, Brendan Enright, who, with his wife Karen, relocated here from Ontario in 2002.

The vineyard has a southern exposure with a well drained, sand, gravel, slate and granite soils, resembling those of Alsace and the Mosel in the wine regions of France and Germany. Sitting 400 feet above sea level, the vineyard is not affected by fog or cold ocean air.

Last stop of the day….Bear River Winery

Located just outside the Bear River limits, again this south facing vineyard contains four acres of vines. The winery constructed in a 19th century “bank barn” allows a gravity system of winemaking on three floors. All wines are 100% estate grown and produced. The winery also boasts a 3kw solar powered electrical system with biodiesel powered machinery and vehicles.

We encourage you to try some Nova Scotia wines if you can find them. You can always visit us as we have plenty of local wines on hand!



One response to “Wineries of Nova Scotia

  1. Margot Boyd says:

    That’s a lot of wine tasting in one day lol

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