Video: What’s New With Nova Scotia Wines?

Our guest this evening is a certified sommelier and instructor of culinary and tourism studies at the Nova Scotia Community College. She leads tastings of Nova Scotia wines for restaurant staff around the province as well as other educational seminars on behalf of “Taste of Nova Scotia” through the support of the Department of Agriculture.

And she joins me live now from her home in the Gaspereau Valley.  Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Amy Savoury!


Did you grow up with wine on the family table at dinner?

Can you remember your first taste of a great wine?

What was the exact moment when you realized that you wanted to be in the wine and culinary industry? Tell us exactly where you were? What triggered the thought? How did you feel? What was the next step you took to get going on the path?

What’s the biggest misconception that people have of NS wines? Let’s be more specific than they’re not of great quality or that there aren’t many wineries ;)

We know that NS has great limestone soils and a cool climate, but tell us something that we don’t know about NS when it comes to making wine?

Apart from tasting lots of different wines from NS and visiting the region, how would you suggest that our community here tonight really get to know NS?

How does the Bay of Fundy influence wine style — what’s the science? How high do the tides rise to?

Why is it that 60% of all wines made in NS are white and sparkling? Let’s dive deeper than simply cool climate — can you explain more?

Let’s chat about different types of acidity and how they differ: angular, crisp, firm, fresh, racy, lively, and youthful? Can you give us some food comparisons so that we understand the differences please?

What is the Tidal Bay appellation and how did it come to be formed?


You may know that NS produces wine, but did you know that over the past 13 years the number of wineries have grown by 133%? Currently, there are 22 wineries, compared to nine in 2005.

There are now 90 grape growers.

NS has the world’s only stylistic appellation, Tidal Bay.

NS is Canada’s coolest wine region.

That’s exactly what our next guest on the Sunday Sipper Club will reveal to us this evening.

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Listen to her stories and experiences as we taste wines together:

What would surprise us about Nova Scotia wines today?

How did Tidal Bay become the first stylistic wine appellation in the world?

What are the best food pairings for NS wines?

How should we plan a vacation to visit NS wineries?

Plus anything you want to ask Amy Savoury!


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Alan Cameron50:11 Sorry if I missed an answer, but are these N.S. wines available locally at LCBO. Natalie, love how you’re showing your knowledge of NS and it’s terroir !!!!

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Colleen Kilty48:17 Great suggestion to replace dessert with ice wine–l’m no longer a sweets person. Looking forward to being able to do a wine tour in NS



Louise Boudreau49:06 Is the industry organized for winery tours & accommodations?

Brad MacLeod35:14 What should we expect from this year vintage regarding the heavy frost damage?



Carl Joly21:41 Amy, where are the 90 growers located in NS?

Anne Walk21:07 Where in Toronto can we find Nova Scotia wines?




Roger Caughell15:45 We were wonderfully surprised by Jost when we visited last summer.

Nicole Tracey Lewis12:58 Great to learn more about Nova Scotia wines!



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Stephen Andrews6:24 The only wine from NS besides Benjamin Bridge I know is Jost. I think it is from NS.

Louise Boudreau44:43 Amy is an amazing presenter! Thank you and Cheers!



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Dave Head34:11 Tasted any Bear River, made by the new owners?

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Stephen Andrews58:10 Last time I was in NS there was only 5 wineries.



Frances Furmankiewicz12:16 Amy, can you elababorate on the Tidal Bay appellation?

Frances Furmankiewicz11:18 Nova 7 from Benjamin Bridge is a fave along with the various sparkling wines from B.B.




Louise Boudreau14:15 Any organic wines in NS?

Brad MacLeod22:01 What about reds?



Natalie MacLean31:43 With 40% red wines being made it sounds like they have quite an assortment and are doing some interesting things in winemaking (buried barrels!!)


Carl Joly40:40 Amy, you are so right. Grape growing, Wineries is farming first and foremost. We know that in Prince Edward County, Ontario



Brad MacLeod30:06 ps I asked about reds but just opened a BB Tidal Bay. Brad and Rhonda Halifax

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Beverly Asleson55:28 Thank you Amy really enjoyed the evening




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Colleen Kilty55:01 I agree with An . Thank you Amy. I could listen to you for another hour

Carl Joly51:01 Natalie, Amy, thank you for an informative presentation. Really appreciate this.



Jim Jutras54:21 Thanks Amy for the wonderful presentation on November Scotia Wines. All the best…

Carl Joly25:22 Can we order online for shipping to Ontario… Whoops Natalie just answered



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Paul E Hollander55:31 Thank you both. So interesting.

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Patti Wright Hollander55:57 Great interview.



Jim Jutras45:41 Amy is awesome..good stuff

Louise Boudreau40:51 any ice wine




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Dave Head41:11 Looked into buying Bear River winery a few years ago, a beautiful property for sure. Realized I’m a better drinker than wine maker.

David Harmon57:12 Natalie – Great show – Would you like to give away a napa vineyard on your next show,,



Carl Joly23:27 Brad, I would also like about Reds from NS
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Stephen Andrews54:15 NS wine tour sounds like a great destination and very close to Ontario.



Louise Boudreau50:30 what is the method used for the rosé?


Ellen McClughan59:11 Ellen McClughan from Regina We will be in Nova Scotia in September and are planning one day of winery touring. This was an excellent precursor Can’t wait.



Over the past 13 years established wineries have grown by 133%. Currently there are 22 wineries, compared to nine in 2005.

According to the Economic Impact of the Wine and Grape Industry in Canada 2015 published report, Nova Scotia’s wine industry supports 934 jobs in the province, many in rural communities. Over 112,000 tourists have come to our province to enjoy our world class wines, creating $19.2 million in tourism revenues. The total economic impact of the Nova Scotia grape growing and wine industry in 2015 was $218 million. This is an increase of over $22 million since 2011. An average bottle of Nova Scotia wine generates $36.62 in economic impact, while one bottle of international wine generates $1 in economic impact to the province.

The Winery Association of Nova Scotia

The Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS) was formed in 2002 to represent the interests of wine producers, to serve as a voice for local industry and to promote the growth and development of Nova Scotia wines. The Wines of Nova Scotia logo can be found on bottles of Nova Scotia wines made from 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes and fruit, and that meet the Nova Scotia Wine Standards.

Taste of Nova Scotia

Taste of Nova Scotia is a unique, province-wide, marketing program, with over 200 restaurant, producer/processor and industry members who are committed to offering the most exceptional local culinary products and experiences the province has to offer.




Nova Scotia: Good Cheer Trail, Lobster Trail and Chowder Trail

Nova Scotia, Canada – Crafted by family traditions, compelling history and exciting innovation, the Nova Scotia Good Cheer, Lobster and Chowder trails help showcase the best of Nova Scotia to locals and visitors. The three distinct trails are part of tourism programming designed to encourage consumers to travel the province year-round and to inspire and guide their local culinary journey.

“Lobster, chowder and good cheer – it doesn’t get much more Nova Scotian than that,” says Emily Haynes, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. “These trails are truly unique to Nova Scotia and the passports are a fun tool for exploring our province…from downtown Halifax to the Bay of Fundy to the Bras d’Or Lakes, the trails take you on a culinary journey to every corner and cove of Nova Scotia.”

The Nova Scotia Lobster Trail is the newest culinary trail with 49 trail stops featuring Nova Scotia traditional lobster dinners, lobster rolls, lobster experiences and even lobster poutine.

First launched in 2011, the Chowder Trail is back, with 59 trail stops featuring from scratch Nova Scotia seafood chowders.

The Good Cheer Trail, with 72 trail stops, is Canada’s first and only winery, craft brewery, distillery and cidery trail. Currently in its fourth year, the Good Cheer Trail celebrates Nova Scotia’s rich culinary history dating back to 1606, when Samuel de Champlain established the Order of Good Cheer in Port-Royal, Nova Scotia.

“Visitors are looking for authentic, local culinary experiences that can only be found in Nova Scotia,” says Michele Saran, CEO, Tourism Nova Scotia. “These trails showcase some of the best seafood, beer, cider, spirits and wine our province has to offer, elevating Nova Scotia’s reputation as a culinary tourism destination.”

The trails help visitors and locals plan their Nova Scotia culinary adventures. All three culinary tourism trails are developed in a joint partnership between Tourism Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia.

“The Good Cheer Trail has been valuable in making us a destination for people interested in craft beer, both from Nova Scotia and visitors to the province,” says Emily Tipton, founding partner of Boxing Rock Brewery. “We like being able to offer tourists the passport as a way to see more of our industry.”

Consumers use their virtual or paper passports to check-in to trail stop locations on each trail. Collecting stamps and submitting passports online qualifies them for some great local prizes. For more information on the Good Cheer Trail, Lobster Trail and Chowder Trail, pick up a passport at trail stop locations or visit


a snap shot of Nova Scotia Wine Essentials










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