Bruce brought with him a wealth of winemaking experience from his days working in the Okanagan, California and Australia.
s in 2008, A canadian with international experience. Jean-Benoit attended UQAM University in Montreal Quebec, the city where he was born and raised. He studied sciences with a concentration in chemistry. His winemaking experience includes an apprenticeship at VOE (Vinedos Organicos Emiliana), a biodynamic vineyard/winery in Chile's Colchagua Valley, created by one of Chile's largest producers, Viņa Santa Emiliana, to produce exceptional wines. Moving to California, he spent more than four years (2004-2008) making wine at Casa Barranca, the first certified organic winery in Santa Barbara County. In California, his winemaking efforts garnered praise and standout reviews from Robert Parker and Steven Tanzer (90+ scores).
Benjamin Bridge is an innovative sparkling wine house on the south facing slopes of the Gaspereau Valley, where owners Gerry McConnell and Dara Gordon have been working with an international team of winemakers since the millennium to produce Méthode Classique sparkling wines and several limited edition, luxury whites and reds including NOVA 7, BOREALIS Icewine, NEXUS Rosé, TAURUS and VERO.
Located in the beautiful Bear River Valley near the south western end of the Annapolis Basin lies Bear River Winery. The winery owned by Chris Hawes became the only licensed Cottage Winery in the Province of Nova Scotia in February 2006. Chris claims to be the smallest winery with only 3.6 acres planted over the last 12 years he began growing grapes in 1987.
Chris claims grapes were first grown on the property in 1611.
Althouh remaining small Chris has won his share of medals for his wines over the years. Including four at last years Finger Lakes competion.
Hawes grows a variety of classic grape varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, as well as a variety of French American hybrid grapes such as Baco Noir and Marechal Foch commonly found in other Nova Scotia vineyards. But perhaps it will be Riesling that defines Bear River Vineyard, as the rock and slate soil vineyard, perched precariously high above the Bear River Estuary could easily pass for one of Germany's grand vineyard sites.
Gina Haverstock of Gaspereau Vineyards
Gina was a medical student when she went to work at Jost Winery for the summer. Her boss, vintner Hans Christian Jost, has since declared her taste buds among the best he's come across. With his encouragement, she embarked on viticulture studies instead. In 2006, Jost hired her back as winemaker at Gaspereau Vineyards, near Wolfville, NS
Her winemaking philosophy: small volume sharpens your focus and allows you to go for precision and quality. This winery is winning accolades for its rich, full-bodied reds such as DeChaunac, Lucie Kuhlmann and its flavourful whites, L'Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc, New York Muscat and Riesling
Gaspereau Vineyards the first winery in the valley, it is situated on the edge of a picturesque, 35-acre vineyard just a few minutes from Wolfville
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