Government is working with industry to grow Nova Scotia’s wine sector with a $3.5 million investment as part of Budget 2016-2017. The investment supports research, quality standards and export market development.
The amount is part of a four-year, $12 million investment through the Vineyard and Wineries Investment Program.
Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell joined industry guests to share details today, May 5, at Bishop’s Cellar in Halifax. MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Mr. Colwell, announced the investment at Domaine de Grand Pré winery in Grand Pré.
“By investing in and working with this sector we will create more jobs here in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Colwell. “It will mean more work, more exports, and more economic growth.”
The investment will target the following areas:
— expanding grape growing by continuing the Vineyard Expansion and Development Program announced in December
— working with existing partners at local colleges and universities on research and development related to site selection, environmental factors, storage, production and quality standards
— identifying and developing new markets outside of the province with promotional activities, product development, boutique retail and foodservice events and trade show participation
— working with industry to establish a quality standards program similar to the Vintner’s Quality Alliance program systems in British Columbia and Ontario
“We will expand our sector’s reach nationally and internationally,” said Mr. Colwell.
Nova Scotia’s wine industry accounted for $15.4 million in sales in 2015 and another $300,000 in exports.