Nova Scotia Wines
In my younger days, I remember hearing talk about the one winery in Nova Scotia that was in production. You would see those wines served at special occasion dinners. The sense was that this was a true exercise in having local flavours at the table. I remember thinking that based on whatever I read or saw on television, wines only came from France or Italy. I was a kid, so what did I know really?
In 1999 I moved to Western Canada to find work and discover the Rocky Mountain Range. I was twenty years old with an unsophisticated palate for food and drink. In a short period of time, my eyes and appetite were opened to a whole new world of flavours. When it was time to talk drink, I learned about the incredible wineries of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Even the blended wines were something unique for my tastes. The industry there is still strong and maybe getting stronger. People looking to get into the wine business have been buying up farms and replacing the apple orchards with grapevines. All in the hopes of coming up with that perfect glass of something that will make it to the dinner table time and again. One of the first wines I really started to notice and enjoy was created by a company that also has operations in the Niagara region in Ontario. Seeing this opened my eyes to the wine industry in Ontario that I never knew even existed. I would not really start to enjoy any Ontario wines until by chance I moved to Ontario in the fall of 2005.
Over the course of several years, I would make many return trips to my home province of Nova Scotia and hear about the growth of the wine business. Particularly in the Annapolis Valley Region where an abundance of fruits and vegetables were available come harvest. In 2012 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to return to my home province. Over the course of my return I started to discover in person how much the wine industry here had taken off. The winery I referred to as being the first one is located closer to the New Brunswick border. Yet a short drive from my home is where the majority of the Nova Scotia wineries now exist in and near the bountiful Annapolis Valley region. There has been such an abundance of wineries that have opened up so much so that as part of the regular tourism season, a bus taking people to the different wineries now operates steadily. This tour allows people to stop at several different places along the way to sample the fine products of the region. It is very hard not to leave any of these places with a bottle to add to your wine cellar or cabinet.
Part of Nova Scotia’s tourism is angled towards the culinary experiences. Part of those experiences should include sampling the best offerings of wine. From grape to glass, Nova Scotia wines have something to offer even the most sophisticated palates.
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