2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Four wines received the 2021 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines at a ceremony at Government House, Halifax on Thursday, September 9th, 2021.

The award, established by then Lieutenant Governor Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant in 2014, recognizes the exceptional quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the dedication and craft of those in Nova Scotia's wine industry.

Through blind tastings an independent panel of 11 experts chose the following wines, listed in alphabetical order, as the best among the wines submitted:

  • 2015 L’Acadie, Avondale Sky Winery, Newport
  • 2014 Prestige Brut Estate, L’Acadie Vineyards, Wolfville
  • 2010 Fortified Castel, Mercator Vineyards, Wolfville
  • NV Passito Muscat, Mercator Vineyards, Wolfville

“Nova Scotia’s winemakers are producing exceptional wines, and many are successfully competing on the national and international level,” said His Honour.The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. “This success reflects the passion and expertise of our wineries and winemakers, and they can be very proud of how they have contributed to this province’s wine and tourism industries. I thank and congratulate all wineries who submitted wines for this year’s award.”

Members of Taste of Nova Scotia and Wine Growers Nova Scotia were invited to submit up to three commercially available grape wines with 100 per cent Nova Scotia content.  This year, 39 wines from 15 wineries were submitted for adjudication.

The award ceremony included the presentation of a certificate and gold medal to each winning winery.