The rolling hills of green vineyards, roaming livestock, and traditional farms around Wolfville need not be embellished: only experienced. And what better way to experience this scenic paradise than with a weekend tour?
With a cooler climate, a mineral based soil, a longer prime harvest season the conditions for growing grapes for wine are more than ideal in Wolfville. Many might be surprised to know that topography plays a crucial role in grapevine growth and quality.
Depending on which vineyard you visit you’ll note how their unique topography impacts the quality or taste of their wines, from wines that are more dry to wines are that are more acidic – the elevation or slope of the vineyard, the direction the vineyard faces (e.g. north vs. south), and how its position effects the air circulation and water drainage all play an important role in what you taste in your glass.
With conditions that are just right, the grapes produced in Wolfville’s vineyards are special. So special that these vineyards are quickly becoming world-renown for their White and Sparkling Wines.
The bright-red Gaspereau Vineyards barn buildings blend perfectly into the scenic vineyard. Whether you’re stopping in for a quick tasting or a bite to eat, or deciding to make a day of it by hopping on one their vintage-styled bikes and biking through some of the many trails located near the vineyard there’s no shortage of things to experience at Gaspereau.
Whether it’s a colourful story of their wine-naming, or an oral history of their intricate wine making process it’s sure to be an informative and enjoyable experience. Offering the most selection of Tidal Bays, as well as Red Wines keep your eyes on the lookout for their new Rosé – Lucy K.
At L’Acadie there are no short cuts. With all their wines being 100% organic, the L’Acadie vineyards commitment to creating wines naturally really sets them apart. L’Acadie also has the prestige of being one of only a handful of Certified Organic Vineyards in the country – a quality difference you can truly taste.
With its unique rocky soil located on the south side of the Gaspereau Valley, L’Acadie’s traditional method for creating sparkling wines has garnished international awards, and attention from highly respected wine makers from all over the world most notably the prestigious region of Champagne, France. And with standards and commitments to quality on par with the best in the world – it’s no wonder why.
If quality is what you’re after look no further than L’Acadie. But also don’t be intimidated by these fantastic wines. As owner Bruce Ewert suggests these wines are so versatile that they pair just as great with a bag of salty chips as they do a fancy meal.
Well known for it’s sell-out flagship Nova 7, first launched in 2007 comprised of 7 different types of expertly chosen varieties of grapes grown right here in Nova Scotia, Benjamin Bridge has quickly become a cult favorite among Atlantic Canadians. And while Nova 7 is a very much a favorite, Benjamin Bridge is also happy to offer many other wines as well, most notably their Tidal Bay, and Cabernet Franc Rosé.
An architectural delight, the beautifully modern space at Benjamin Bridge provides an elevated experience. Available by appointment for tours and tastings, this summer Benjamin Bridge is happy to launch their new barrel tastings!
WHERE TO EAT
To round off your Wolfville wine tour grab a bite downtown at the Troy Resto and make sure to bring your appetite because their locally sourced menu is chalk full of delicious and hearty options.
Whether you share the Mixed Mezze Platter of savory dips prepared in house with warm Greek pita, their locally farmed Dry Rubbed AAA boneless Rib Eye Steak that’s seasoned to perfection, or some of their other fish or vegetarian options. There’s also the a great lineup of over a dozen different Kebabs and the ever popular Lamb Burger. Either way, Troy Resto will not disappoint!
With a beautifully decorated atmosphere, and friendly and prompt staff, Troy Restaurant is a must visit. Pro tip: Weather permitting, ask to sit outside. It’s beautiful, and with the main street separated by the Clock Park it’s a great way to take in the town.
WHERE TO STAY IN WOLFVILLE
If you’re planning on making your vineyard tour an overnight, look no further than the Stella Rose B&B. Located in the heart of Wolfville (just walking distance from restos, entertainment, and more) the Stella Rose B&B is wonderfully cozy and convenient.
Tastefully decorated queen rooms, with ensuite washrooms, air conditioning, wireless internet, flat screen televisions, and mini fridges are sure to make you feel relaxed. Top that off with a delicious hot breakfast and great conversation in the common room and you’re bound to have a special stay at this gem. New owners, Robyn and Neil are a delight with their expert hosting skills they’ll have you relaxed and renewed in no-time flat.