2009 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Production Guide published

Announcement Date: March 9, 2017

  • Avondale Sky begins producing wine
  • Simon Rafuse joins Blomidon Estate Winery as winemaker
  • Jonathan Murray opens Muir Murray Estate Winery after 6 years of development
  • Tom Stevenson selects early-disgorged Benjamin Bridge sparkling for presentation at first International Sparkling Wine Symposium in London, England
  • Laila North starts Go North Tours (wine tours in Annapolis Valley)
  • Glenora President, Lauchie MacLean accepts export achievement award from Province of Nova Scotia
  • Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia produces Nova Scotia Wine Grape Production Guide
    • 9 wineries: 2 fruit wineries; 7 grape wineries
    • 40-50 vineyards scattered throughout the province, ranging from 2 to 60 acres
    • 350 acres under vine; close to 300 in production
    • “The commercial grape industry in Nova Scotia began in 1980. Today, Nova Scotia has eight estate farm wineries along with 30 growers managing approximately 400 acres of grapes in nine counties.”
    • Ironworks Distillery founded by Lynne MacKay and Pierre Guevrement (Nova Scotia’s 1st micro-distillery)
    • Lightfoot & Wolfville establishes 30 acres of biodynamic vines on two sites: edge of Wolfville and Avonport
    • Evolving grape growing regions:
      • Annapolis Valley (including Gaspereau Valley)
      • South Shore (LaHave River Valley)
      • Bear River Valley
      • Avon River Valley