2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The call for submissions for the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines 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 highly experienced, independent wine experts through a blind tasting process.  The winning wines will be announced at the awards ceremony that will be held in July at Government House.

“Now in its fourth year, this prestigious award has done a tremendous job of highlighting the exemplary wines produced in the province," said Gillian Mainguy, executive director, Winery Association of Nova Scotia. "We can all be very proud of the achievements of our wine industry in Nova Scotia."

The winning wines in 2016 were:

- Avondale Sky Winery, Tidal Bay, 2015

- Gaspereau Vineyards, Riesling, 2015

- Lightfoot and Wolfville Vineyards, Ancienne Chardonnay, 2014