2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

Friday, April 15, 2016

The call for submissions for this year’s award was announced today by Government House, Halifax.

The award, established by His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 2014, recognizes the outstanding quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the commitment and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry.

The administrative process for the award is conducted in conjunction with the Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia. These two organizations will contact their member wineries to outline the submission process and criteria. Each winery is invited to submit up to three commercially available grape wines that have 100 per cent Nova Scotia content.
The wines will be judged in June by a panel of 11 highly experienced, independent wine experts through a blind tasting process. The winning wines will be announced at the awards ceremony that will be held on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at Government House.

“Since its launch, this Award has been very successful in highlighting the excellent Nova Scotian wines that have emerged to rank amongst the best wines in Canada,” said Gillian Mainguy, Manager of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotians can take great pride in the achievements of its wine industry.

The three winning wines in 2015 were (in no particular order):

-- L'Acadie Vineyards, Vintage Cuvée Rosé, 2011
-- Domaine de Grand Pré, Riesling Icewine, 2013
-- Gaspereau Vineyards, Riesling, 2013