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Our Vineyards

Sunshine, slopes & slate

Our home Vineyards are planted on the steeply sloped valley walls above Bear River, a tidal estuary that flows into the Annapolis Basin. Mostly south facing, they overlook the stunning vistas of the valley in a sun drenched amphitheatre. Benefiting from the exceptional sun, the warming influence of the water and the relative lack of fog we grow a wide range of vinifera. Many of the original plantings of Merlot, Gamay, Pinot Noir and Gris, Chardonnay and Auxerrois remain today.

German Riesling and the related hybrid Geisenheim grow particularly well in our natural slate soil.

We also have several other cold hardy hybrids that we use for both our red and rosé wines and recently planted Nova Scotia's flagship white grape L'Acadie Blanc. 

Young L'Acadie Blanc in a grow tube


Cared for by hand

All of our vineyard operations are done by hand, from planting and pruning through to weeding and harvesting. We've even been known to cover select Gamay vines by hand when frost threatens!

Watch Darren demonstrate some of the care our vineyards receive.