Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, located about an hour from Halifax, is a bountiful area with around 15 wineries. The region has come on strong with the development of hardy grape varieties, like L’Acadie Blanc, that thrive despite the province’s short growing season and cool climate. Pay a visit to Domaine de Grand Pré winery, which boasts Le Caveau Restaurant, one of the area’s top fine-dining spots, and sparkling wines like Vintage Brut, made from L’Acadie Blanc and Seyval Blanc grapes. Meanwhile, the terrace of Luckett Vineyards’ Crush Pad Bistro is a picturesque place to eat and sip on a sunny day, with views of the Minas Basin’s epic tides. Call family and friends at home from the British phone box in the vineyard.
Local tip: “Visit the scenic village of Hall’s Harbour to see the Bay of Fundy’s dramatic tidal power, while enjoying fresh lobster.”—Mike Mainguy, executive winemaker, Luckett Vineyards
North of the Annapolis Valley and bordering the Northumberland Strait, the award-winning Jost Vineyards, situated on the shores of the Malagash Peninsula in the Northumberland Shore region, is the longest-operating winery in Nova Scotia. Earlier this year, the winery released Great Big Friggin’ Red to toast Canada’s 150th birthday. With aromas of spice, maple and ripe red fruits, the wine is perfect for pairing with a juicy barbecued burger. Nearby, Fox Harb’r Resort, an oceanfront resort owned by Ron Joyce (co-founder of Tim Hortons), recently planted 10 hectares of vines on the property in partnership with Devonian Coast Wineries (owners of Jost). The first harvest is expected in October with bottling beginning in Spring 2018.