Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Sampling Wineries in Nova Scotia

 by Keith and Heather Nicol
     Our final province in our winery tour was Nova Scotia and we decided to check out Jost Winery located at Malagash just off Highway 6 on Nova Scotia’s north shore. This is the largest and oldest winery in Atlantic Canada according to wine maker Chris Frey. It was started in 1983 and they now produce 43 wines that come from 60 acres under vine. He told us that their biggest seller is Terra Rosa but that their new Tidal Bay white has been getting lots of acclaim. “Another popular wine is 4 Skins, a red wine that has been featured on the Jay Leno show” Chris added. He also told us that he is trying to “international “ their wines. “We want to freshen the white wines by making them crisper and more aromatic and we want to “dry” our red wines abit “he told us while he gave us a tour of the vineyard. Another bonus of visiting Jost Winery is that their tours are free. They are open all year around but tours run from June 15-Sept 15. For more information contact: 
Chris Frey is the award winning new winemaker at Jost Winery
The harbour at Beddeck is very scenic

     From Malagash we drove to Cape Breton enroute to North Sydney and the Newfoundland ferry. We love the community of Baddeck and decided to stay there so that we could enjoy the sunny weather by the water. We arrived at the Inverary Resort ( where we checked in before taking some time to explore the waterfront before supper. We drove a short distance to the marina and boardwalk with benches and snapped some pictures of the sailboats in the harbor. The next day after a huge breakfast in the Inverary Resort dining room  we set off for North Sydney and the 11:45 am sailing to Newfoundland. Overall we had visited 17 wineries in the past couple of weeks in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and we realized that we had to return to Nova Scotia to better sample the wines of the Annapolis Valley which we didn’t have time to visit on this trip. 
Inverary Resort is great historic property in Baddeck


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