2006 Bear River Vineyards and Wineries and Wine Country of Nova Scotia

Announcement Date: March 9, 2017

  • Bear River Vineyards opens and releases first wines for sale (Wood, 2006)
  • Wines of Nova Scotia officially launched to the public (Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia, 2009)
  • Publication of Sean Wood’s Wineries and Wine Country of Nova Scotia (Nimbus):
    • Jost has 45 acres under vine at Malagash
    • Sainte Famille producing 4000 cases annually
    • Sainte Famille has 5 acres of red; 25 acres of white
    • Carol Wamboldt maintains Petite Riviere Vineyards with Niagara College-trained winemaker Ben Sweatenham
    • Gaspereau winemaker: David Gardener
    • Gaspereau vineyard manager: Dan Burns
    • Blomidon Estate winemaker and winery manager: Wes Lowery
    • Craft breweries/brew pubs: Garrison, Propellor, Rogue’s Roost, Rudders Brew Pub (Yarmouth), Rare Bird Pub (Guysborough)
    • Tempest Restaurant (Michael Howell): NS wines = 15% of annual sales; 35% during summer tourist season
    • Private wine stores: The Bishop’s Cellar; Premier Wine and Spirits; Cristall & Luckett; VinArt
    • Port of Wines, NSLC wine store