A guide to wine and dining at Nova Scotia’s vineyards this summer | Hot Summer Guide | Halifax, Nova Scotia
NOTNova Scotia is becoming one of Canada’s winery hotspots thanks to its climate of warm days and cool nights. So why not put the province’s vineyards to the test and embark on your very own wine tour this summer?
Whether you’re looking to find the perfect wine to enjoy on a night out or just want to book a wine and dine experience with friends, here are some must-visit wineries in Nova Scotia.
Lightfoot and Wolfville Vineyards
This 40-acre property is located in the Annapolis Valley and offers a variety of tasting experiences while enjoying its beautiful view. There is also a restaurant on the property that gets most of its ingredients from crops grown on the land. Want to check what awaits you before visiting the vineyard? Its website offers a complete virtual tour.
Location: 11143 Evangeline Trail, Wolfville.
Located in the Gaspereau Valley, Luckett Vineyards offers different packages depending on your needs. From wine tasting at dinner at his on-site restaurant to his multi-course wine and dinner experience (minimum group of 12), Luckett has no shortage. Be sure to try their Rockrose Spritzers made from locally grown grapes!
Location: 1293 Grand-Pré Road, Wolfville
1365 Church Street Vineyards and Winery
This winery boasts nearly 15 acres of land filled with Instagram-worthy moments, from the views of Wellington Dyke to the scenic bikes and flower gardens scattered around the property. 1365 Church offers a variety of wine selections and provides a comfortable experience for its guests who come for a tasting.
Location: 1365 Church Street, Port Williams
Mercator Vineyards offers old style wines and offers customers a more classic wine tasting experience. This vineyard overlooks the Acadian Dykelands, and before you sit down at the bar, you can rent a bike and ride the trail until the sun sets over the Bay of Fundy.
Location: 88 Dyke Road, Wolfville
L’Acadie Vineyards features a fully organic and sustainable vineyard, the first in Nova Scotia, and offers tastings and wine tours by appointment. If you enjoy your experience at L’Acadie, you can join one of its wine clubs and have your favorite wines delivered right to your door.
Location: 310 Slayer Road, Gaspereau
kings of wine
Wine Kings is a more modern winery and caters to people interested in the winemaking process. She offers customers a selection of kits to suit their tastes, then ferments the kit on site. It also offers internal purchases of its wines, beers and spirits.
Location: 673 King Street, Bridgewater
Bear River Vineyards
Vineyards have thrived in Bear River since 1611, and the founder of Bear River Vineyards credited the area’s perfect microclimate. It offers daily tastings until Thanksgiving. For larger groups, private rooms and tables are available by reservation. Want to make a getaway? This winery even offers a guest suite for those looking to explore not just the vineyard, but the Bear River region.
Location: 133 Chute Road, Bear River
Magic wine bus
If you’re looking for a more guided experience, you can check out the Magic Winery Bus, where you’ll spend the day exploring Benjamin Bridge, Domaine de Grand Pré, Luckett Vineyards, and L’Acadie Vineyards in the Annapolis Valley. The double-decker bus departs from Wolfville and includes two wine tasting sessions and lunch.