Though less well-known than British Columbia and Ontario’s wine-producing regions, word has spread among wine lovers about the promising cool-climate wines—particularly the sparkling offerings—emerging from Nova Scotia wine country. See below to find out more about the region being touted as Canada’s next winemaking hot spot.
The Nova Scotia wine industry is on the rise. The province now has winemakers spread across six different major wine regions, with many vineyards and wineries concentrated in the Gaspereau and Annapolis valleys, both less than two hours from Halifax by car.
The province is perhaps best-known for its crisp whites and sparkling wines. Among the dominant plantings are hybrid grape varieties such as l'acadie blanc (a Canadian-created varietal often compared to chardonnay), seyval blanc (used to make dry, citrusy whites), and New York muscat (a sweet, aromatic grape designed to grow in the colder climes of North America), though chardonnay and Riesling are also present. All are capable of withstanding Canada’s frosty winters. In 2012, Nova Scotia’s Tidal Bay white wine appellation was established, with wines from here characterized by their off-dry, fresh style—a pleasing accompaniment for Nova Scotian seafood.
- During wine tours, sample sweet, syrupy ice wine, which is made using grapes that have frozen naturally on the vine.
- Learn about organic grape-growing practices and winemaking techniques during boutique winery tours.
- Pair locally made sparkling and white wines with artisanal nibbles, including homemade chutneys, mustards, jams, and more, during wine tastings.