Nova Scotia Wine & Beverage Timeline

Nova Scotia Wine & Beverage Timeline

1606 Lescarbot discovers wild grapes

In 1606 Lescarbot writes of discovering wild grapes near Saint John River, NB

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1611 First vines planted at Bear River by Louis Hebert

Bear River Historical Society

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1633 Vines planted and wine made for mass

Isaac de Razilly (governor of Acadia) planted vines and made wine for mass at Fort-Ste-Marie-de-Grace (now LaHave)

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1635 Isaac de Razilly – sacremental wine

Isaac deRazilly writes of sacramental wine made here

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1800s (early) Charles Prescott imports

Early 1800s Charles Prescott imports and grows Isabella grapes at Starr’s Point

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1827 First Temperance Society

First Canadian Temperance Society founded in Montreal (9)

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1800s (mid) Table grapes in NS

Commercial production of table grapes thrives in Annapolis Valley and along South Shore Black Hamburg Muscatel grapes grown in NS

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1842 Temperance movement gains momentum

1 person in 10 was a member of a temperance organization (9)

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1870 Grapes doing well in NS

Reports that Black Hamburg, Isabella, Hartford Prolific, Diana, Concord, Delaware, and other grapes do “pretty well with us in the open air”

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1901 PEI goes dry

Prince Edward Island goes dry and all of Canada has joined by the end of World War I (9)

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1913 Agriculture Research Station, Kentville

Agricultural Research Station in Kentville, NS begins to experiment with grapes

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1920s Prohibition

“Prohibition is widespread in Canada but alcohol can still be sold through the government for industrial, scientific, mechanical, artistic and medical uses, and often outside of the province. Illegal drinking…

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1927 Government control in NB

New Brunswick adopts a system of government sale and control of alcohol (8)

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1930 Government control in NS

Nova Scotia adopts a system of government sale and control of alcohol (8)

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1933 Prohibition ends in US

Prohibition ends in United States (9)

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1941 Chipman’s Apple Products

Chipman’s Apple Products becomes first commercial winery in Nova Scotia producing fruit wines (subsequently becomes Chipman Wines Ltd)

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1948 Government control in PEI

Prince Edward Island adopts a system of government sale and control of alcohol (8)

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1963 Planting at Bear River

Experimental planting by Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture at Bear River

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1965 Truro Winery opened

Truro Winery – now owned by Andrew Peller Ltd – opened

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1970s L’Acadie Grape

Roger Dial names L’Acadie grape (1)

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1970 Hans Jost

Hans Jost emigrates from Germany with family (1)

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1971 Wine grapes are not viable in NS

Researchers at Agriculture Canada (Kentville, NS) determine no wild grapes are viable in Nova Scotia

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1978 Grapes planted

Jost plants first vines Dial and Morse plant 3 acres of Michurinetz and Severnyi

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1979 Grand Pre Wines Ltd & Sainte Famille

Dial & Morse form Grand Pre Wines Ltd Dial and Morse plant Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer (lost during the following harsh winter) Sainte Famille plants first vineyard (3)

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1980s New vineyard and awards

Avondale Sky vineyard begins production Dial’s Michurinetz-based Cuvee d’Amur wins gold at International Wine & Spirits Competition, NY and silver at competition in Bristol, England

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1980 Nova Scotia’s 1st commercial vintage

Nova Scotia’s 1st commercial¬† vintage released from Roger Dial’s operation at Grand Pre, NS (2) Sainte Famille established with 1 acre of vines (st-famille.com) Dan and Heather Sanft buy 100…

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1981 Grand Pre Wines Ltd opens

1982 Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia (GGANS) formed (2)

1983 Jost launched, Chipman closed

Jost Winery licensed and opened (1, 2) Andres wine purchases Chipman Wines Ltd (and closes plant)

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1984 Grapes – Ollie Brant selection V.53261 sent to NS

Helen Fisher supplies cuttings of Ollie Brand selection V.53261 (later named L’Acadie) to be avaluated by Dr. Don Craig at Kentville Research Station (3)

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1985 First brew pub

Ginger’s (first brew pub East of the Rockies) opens in Halfax (later becomes Granite Brewery) (1)

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1986 Jost, Habitant, Farm Winery Policy

Jost wine store opens First vineyards planted at Habitant (later becomes Blomidon Estate Winery) (blomidonwine.ca) Farm Winery Policy passed allowing Nova Scotia wineries to sell directly to consumers (2)

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1986 Changes at Grand Pre Wines Ltd, Williamsdale Winery, and Bear River Vineyards

Roger Dial closes Grand Pre Wines Ltd Williamsdale Winery (Williamsdale, NS) is established, specializing in making wines from the blueberries grown in Northern Nova Scotia (3) Chris Hawes begins growing…

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1990 Sainte-Famille Wines Ltd

Sainte-Famille Wines Ltd opens (1) and releases its 1st vintage (2)

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1992 NS Winegrowers’ Guide

Philip Wamboldt, Dr. Chris Naugler & Bruce Wright publish the Nova Scotia Winegrowers’ Guide

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1993 Cottage Winery Policy and Marble Mountain

Cottage Winery Policy passed governing the production of fruit wines (2) John Pratt plants first grape vines in Marble Mountain (3)

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1994 Petite Riviere Vineyards and Lunenburg County Winery

Harmon Hill Vineyard (Petite Riviere Vineyards) planted by Philip and Carol Wamboldt (1) Lunenburg County Winery licensed (1); opened (3); releases first vintage (2)

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1995 Paddy’s Pub in Kentville

Paddy’s Pub (brew pub) in Kentville opens under brewmaster Randy Lawrence (1)

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1996 Vineyard planted at Gaspereau

Vineyard planted at Gaspereau (3)

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1997 Plantings, breweries, new release

First plantings at Gaspereau Vineyards Propeller Brewery launched by John Allen Garrison Brewery launched by Brian Titus Blomidon Estate Winery (formerly Habitant Vineyards) releases its first vintage (2)

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1998 Rogue’s Roost

Rogue’s Roost opens with Lorne Romano, Brewmaster (1)

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1999 Domaine de Grand Pre releases its 1st vintage (2)

Jurg Stutz begins producing wines as Domaine de Grand Pre releases its 1st vintage (2) St. Mary’s Vineyard (Petite Riviere Vineyards) planted Gerry McConnell and Dara Gordon purchase 60 acres…

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2000 Domaine de Grand Pre, Benjamin Bridge, Glenora, Jost

Domaine de Grand Pre reopens to the public Benjamin Bridge begins producing Methode Traditionelle sparkling wine Benjamin Bridge engages Peter J. Gamble and Ann Sperling as consultants Glenora Distillery releases…

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2001 Atlantic Canadian Wine Symposium, Benjamin Bridge, GGANS

Atlantic Canadian Wine Symposium held (coordinated by Sean Wood) Benjamin Bridge plants first 5 acres (4 blocks) and invites Raphael Brisbois to tour ACOA Project with GGANS (Wine Symposium) $12,000

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2002 Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS) established and industry progress

Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS) established (2) Habitant Vineyards becomes Blomidon Estate Winery (blomidonwine.ca) Brisbois agrees to consult with Benjamin Bridge Benjamin Bridge makes 7 experimental sparkling cuvees Industry…

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2003 Benjamin Bridge, Blomidon Estate, Muir Murray

Benjamin Bridge installs temperature logs and makes more experimental cuvees Wes Lowery moves from ON to NS (Blomidon Estate Winery) (1) Dr. Jonathan Murray and Lesley Murray buy 80 acres…

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2004 Growth in sales and value of grape crop

Retail sales estimates (NS wine) range from $5 to $8 million (2) Value of grape crop: $640,000 (2) Publication of The Tangled Vine: Winegrowing in Nova Scotia by Naugler, Wright…

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2005 Lobster claw logo adopted by WANS

Lobster claw indicates 100% NS-grown grapes for wineries with membership in WANS Nova Scotia Wine Standards (identified by logo; minimum 85% NS content) (Wood, 2006) Valley Wine Tours (Mark DeWolf…

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

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…

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2007 NS Farm Winery Policy, preferential markup

Nova Scotia Farm Winery policy enstated Blomidon Estate Winery purchased from Creekside Estate Winery (Niagara) by the Ramey family Benjamin Bridge Classic Method sparkling debuts at Michael Howell’s Taste of…

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2008 New wineries, releases, and winemakers

Annapolis Highland Vineyards established (annapolishighlandvineyards.com) L’Acadie Vineyards release first traditional method sparkling wine Ben Swetnam joins Avondale Sky as winemaker Jean-Benoit Delauriers selected as winemaker at Benjamin Bridge Beaver Creek…

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2009 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Production Guide published

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…

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2010 Luckett Vineyards established

Luckett Vineyards established Benjamin Bridge 2004 Brut Reserve and 2004 Blanc de Noirs Methode Classique sparkling wines released John McLarity and Lisa Law purchase farm from Alan and June Woodworth…

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2011 Avondale Sky opens

Avondale Sky opens to the public and begins selling wine Vineyard planted at Planters Ridge Carl and Donna Sparkes found Devonian Coast Wineries L’Acadie Vineyards Prestige Brut only Canadian wine…

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2012 Atlantic Wine Symposium held, Tidal Bay appellation launched

Atlantic Wine Symposium held in Halifax, NS Atlantic Wine Institute announced Jost/Gaspereau Vineyards purchased by Carl Sparkes Benjamin Bridge 2008 Methode Classique Rose selected for inclusion at Best Canadian wine…

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2013 Canadian Vintners Association releases Economic Impact Study

Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) – sponsored Economic Impact Study released Jost Winery redesigned Nick Jennery resigns as CEO of Winery Association of Nova Scotia Devonian Coast Wineries acquires Muir Murray…

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2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

Inaugural Award: Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines Gaspereau Vineyards plants additional 14 acres of vines DCW International (wholly-owned subsidiary of Devonian Coast Wineries Ltd) founded Gerry…

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2015 Vineyard Development and Expansion Program Announced

Vineyard Development and Expansion Program Announced Go North Tours becomes Uncork Nova Scotia with departures from Halifax, Windsor & Wolfville L’Acadie Vineyards 2010 Prestige Brut Estate Zero Dosage awarded Silver…

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2017 Lightfoot & Wolfville

Planned Official Opening of Lightfoot & Wolfville

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