Annapolis Valley Wine

Nova Scotia is gaining recognition in Canada and around the world for high quality wines. Because the success of a vineyard is closely linked to location, and because climate plays such an important role in grape production, the Annapolis Valley is a perfect location.

“Nova Scotia’s wine industry rarely gets the attention it deserves. Though the climate is cool, several distinct grape-growing regions exist, with the Annapolis Valley as the historic home of viticulture. The Valley has the warmest summer temperatures and benefits from low precipitation levels.” (Appellation America)

Officially launched in June 2012, Tidal Bay is the first wine appellation for Nova Scotia. A crisp, aromatic white wine, it displays the unique characteristics of our cool climate region and pairs perfectly with the local seafood we’re known for. The name Tidal Bay was inspired by the influence of the sea on all of the wineries located across the province.

Although all Tidal Bay wines must follow the same set of standards, each wine is slightly different from one another, and wineries are able to uniquely express their individuality within their Tidal Bay wines.

Academic Innovation & Research

The Atlantic Wine Institute, part of the “Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation” at Acadia University in Wolfville, supports the Atlantic wine industry from grape growth through wine production, and in the functional areas of business. The day-to-day work of the Institute will be to consult with both industry and academics to identify opportunities, suggest and direct research, leverage research support, facilitate collaboration among partner institutions, industry, organizations, and individual businesses. As well, it will coordinate and disseminate information and outreach activities to ensure communication among all regional stakeholders. Industry and educational partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Saint Mary’s University, Holland College, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick , the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia.

“This represents an exciting opportunity for post-secondary institutions in the region to strengthen the support provided to our grape and wine industries through increased collaboration and coordination of our efforts,” according to Isabel Madeira-Voss, principal of the Kingstec campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.

Dr. Richard Donald, Vice-President Research, Extension and Outreach at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College said “research, innovation and technology transfer are the keys to ensure that agricultural industries remain competitive. The wine institute will help us to ensure that our teaching and research resources are fully coordinated to support the growing grape and wine industry in Nova Scotia and the region.”

Vineyard Expansion and Development Program

Perennia is pleased to be undertaking and offering a number of initiatives to support the growth of the province’s wine and grape sector. As part of Nova Scotia’s Vineyard Development and Expansion Program, Perennia offers full and partial site assessments to current and future vineyard owners.  These assessments are conducted at no cost to successful applicants under the provincial program. These services are offered to mitigate risk – and assessing the soil, drainage and climate so clients have the best data possible to make a decision about a hefty investment and rate of return.

Perennia is also pleased to offer a mobile bottling service for still wines. As we become more familiar with what the equipment can handle, we may be able to offer the service to other beverage processors.

The 44′ trailer is equipped with industry-leading Criveller equipment that includes a product pump, loading tables, rinser and sparger, filling, capping or corking, labelling with sleeve application and offloading table with the capacity to operate at speeds of up to 1500 bottles per hour.