Gaspereau Vineyards Riesling receives Lieutenant Governor's Award

Gaspereau Vineyards Riesling receives Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

Published: Thursday, July 21, 2016

Full press release:

Three Nova Scotian wines received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines at a ceremony at Government House, Thursday, July 21.

The award, established by Lt.-Gov. 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 vibrant wine industry.

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

-- Avondale Sky Winery, Tidal Bay, 2015

-- Gaspereau Vineyards, Riesling, 2015

-- Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, Ancienne Chardonnay, 2014

"This award highlights the wonderful wines being produced in Nova Scotia," said Lt.-Gov. Grant. "I offer my sincere thanks to the wineries who submitted their wines for judging and I extend my congratulations to the three award-winning wineries."

Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia members were invited to submit up to three commercially available wines with 100 per cent Nova Scotia content.

"Every bottle of Nova Scotia wine tells a story about our unique terroir, our winemakers, the influence of our land and sea as well as our industry's innovation," said Janice Ruddock, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. "The Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence gives recognition and helps tell the story of our wineries and winemakers who are passionate about their trade and committed to improving and promoting culinary excellence in Nova Scotia."

"Nova Scotia winemakers continue to elevate the quality of their wines and demonstrate to consumers that there are tremendous wines being produced in this province," said Gillian Mainguy, manager of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. "The Winery Association of Nova Scotia and its members are very honoured that the lieutenant-governor has continued this prestigious award and continues to sing the praises of the wines of Nova Scotia."

The award ceremony included the presentation of a certificate and the Wine Award Gold Medal.