While more-established destinations such as British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and Ontario’s Niagara region have slowly started to receive global acceptance for their winemaking endeavors, a number of other, lesser-known regions throughout the country are also slowly upping the ante for Canadian winemakers.
Count among them Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s easternmost provinces.
While at first, salty, sea-sprayed Nova Scotia, might not seem a likely contender in the wine-making game, the province is home to about 20 wineries, which account for about two percent of the nation’s entire yield. The wineries are spread far and wide throughout the province, but the bulk of them make their home in the fertile Annapolis Valley, which is also known for its apple crop and its production of Nova Scotia’s famed blueberries.
Here the healthy soil and the chillier climate create the perfect environment for producing grapes that have gone on to gain a lot of international and award-winning attention. Nova Scotia is particularly known for its white wines and even has its own appellation, Tidal Bay, which pairs perfectly with the seafood pulled from the adjacent Atlantic waters.