March 18, 2020
Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne. Veneto, Tuscany, and Piedmont. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. You may not recognize the Maritime Provinces as among the top wine producing regions in the world. But you soon will. Unique terroir, cooler climate, and the influence of the ocean that surrounds us have created vineyards unlike anywhere else in the world, and our wine industry is bourgeoning. Besides, there’s nothing we like more than great company, great food, and great wine.
Nova Scotia’s lush vineyards are never very far from the ocean that defines them. The wineries are plentiful and our internationally acclaimed wines flow freely, with seven distinct wine growing regions from the warm shores of the Northumberland Strait to the fertile Annapolis Valley. Enjoy wine appreciation events, sommelier-led multi-vineyard tours, or a tasting and a chat with a vintner at a boutique winery. Try Canada’s finest ice wine, award-winning world-renowned sparking wines, or Nova Scotia’s own signature appellation, Tidal Bay, a crisp, aromatic white wine that pairs beautifully with the seafood we’re so well known for. Enjoy—and take home—a taste of Nova Scotia. And be sure to toast us when you do!
In New Brunswick, family-owned Belliveau Orchards in Memramcook offers a wide variety of ice wines, flat wines, and sparkling wines. Be sure to try the winery’s double-gold winning Poire (pear) wine Pre d’en Haut sparkling apple wine. Expand your knowledge of winemaking and enjoy a complimentary tasting of award-winning wines at the Magnetic Hill Winery. Prince Edward Island has its fair share of fine wines as well. Matos Winery & Distillery, located just minutes from Charlottetown, offers a showroom, tasting bar, and tours to the public. On the Points East Coastal Drive, visit the Rossignol Estate Winery where you can sample fine wines, tour the winery, vineyard and art gallery, and enjoy panoramic views of Northumberland Strait.