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Agriculture Canada Research Winery

New Nova Scotia Research Winery to Study Province’s Soil & Grape Growing Conditions

While Canada’s Okanagan Valley and Niagara wine regions may be better known, Nova Scotia's reputation as a wine-growing region continues to flourish with award-winning labels and expanding production. One of the earliest wine-making regions in Canada dating back to the 1600s, in 2018, the province's 23 licensed wineries produced 1.5 million litres of wine valued at over $23 million. It’s just such growth that prompted Canada’s Ministry of Agriculture to open a research winery at the Kentville Research and Development Centre that will help grape growers and vintners hone their production techniques to take full advantage of the province's unique soils and growing conditions.

"Nova Scotia is one of Canada's great emerging wine regions,” said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “This new research winery will use science to help grape growers and vintners explore the full potential of wine making in the province and further solidify Canada's reputation for quality wines in the global marketplace."

Less than 90-minutes from Halifax, the $1.8 million winery will allow researchers to investigate how locally grown varieties, growing conditions and vineyard practices affect the chemistry of the grapes, which in turn influences the finishing characteristics in the wine, including taste and aroma. As part of the winery experience taste sensory panels consisting of sommeliers and local wine-makers, will assess the flavour characteristics of the experimental wine. Researchers will also study wine making techniques, working with commercial wineries to evaluate the impact of fermentation and temperatures on the quality of wine.  That work will include the identification and use of natural yeasts found in Nova Scotia that could contribute to unique characteristics in the province's wine profiles.

On the eastern edge of North America, Halifax has always been a natural meeting place. Land and ocean connect at the shore, as do international business events dedicated to ocean sciences, aerospace and defense, life sciences and education. With a brand-new convention centre 100 steps from the sea, a growing wine region easily accessed from town, a cultural district brimming with entertainment, and harbourfront and historic sites teeming with atmosphere, it’s an affordable and safe destination to host conferences and events.