Nova Scotia has been growing wine grapes since 1611 when Louis Herbert, an early French settler, planted a small vineyard in Bear River in the hopes of making fine wine. Mr Herbert went on to learn some harsh lessons about Nova Scotia's climate and fine wine production disappeared from the province for almost 370 years. Vineyards and serious wine making was reintroduced in 1980 and since then Nova Scotia's vineyard landscape has evolved with numerous wineries and new styles of wines emerging all of the time. The quality of the wines has increased dramatically, particularly over the past 5 years.
- Look for wines with the Nova Scotia symbol (a lobster h
olding a glass of wine). This symbol will tell you the wine is made from 100% Nova Scotia-grown grapes.
- Consider a sparkling wine. Nova Scotia is emerging as one of North America’s best sparkling wine producers. These stylish wines make wonderful aperitifs and are perfect pairings to oysters, smoked salmon and a range of Nova Scotia seafood.
- Look for one of Nova Scotia’s signature grapes. Nova Scotia’s cool climate is ideally-suited to the production of dry white wines. L’Acadie Blanc has emerged as Nova Scotia’s signature white grape
- Don’t discount a good red. While it is more challenging to produce red wines in Nova Scotia, a number of good red wines are being made from French American hybrid grapes.
- Treat yourself to an Icewine. Nova Scotia Icewine is considered some of the best in the world.
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