Up to five wines from Nova Scotian wineries will be selected for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines.
The call for submissions for this year’s award was announced today, April 24. The award, established by former 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 Scotia 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, in Halifax, on July 19.
“Now in its fifth year, this prestigious award program highlights the tremendous job Nova Scotia winemakers are doing in producing high-quality, world-class wines reflecting our culture, cuisine and terroir,” said Jerry White, executive director for the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “The wine industry continues to be a catalyst for rural economic growth, and a source of considerable pride for Nova Scotians.”
“It speaks volumes that we have this vice-regal award recognizing the value of the Nova Scotia wine industry,” said Emily Haynes, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. “When you see that recognition at home, it builds continued credibility for our industry on a local, national and international level.”
The winning wines in 2017 were:
— Domaine de Grand Pré, Grand Pré – Riesling, 2016
— Domaine de Grand Pré, Grand Pré – Muscat Icewine, 2016
— Luckett Vineyards, Wolfville – Black Cab
— Mercator Vineyards, Wolfville – Mercator Sauvage, 2015