Three wines from Nova Scotian wineries will be selected for the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines.
The call for submissions for this year’s award was announced today, April 11. The award, established by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant 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 award is administered in conjunction with the Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia. Those organizations will outline the submission process and criteria to their member wineries. Each winery is invited to submit up to three commercially available wines made with 100 per cent Nova Scotian grapes.
The wines will be judged through a blind tasting process by a panel of 10 independent wine experts. The winning wines will be announced at an awards ceremony at Government House on July 20.
“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