310 Slayter Road
L'Acadie Vineyards is Nova Scotia's premier producer of sparkling wine
Located in the center of the in the warm Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia. Owners Bruce Ewert and his wife Pauline Scott plan to organically grow L'Acadie grapes and craft them into premium traditionally bottle fermented sparkling wines and table wines. L'Acadie is a flavourful grape variety well suited to our unique cool climate growing conditions and also refers to the rich farming heritage in the valley
Bruce brings with him a wealth of winemaking experience from his days working in the Okanagan, California and Australia. They selected their location in Gaspereau Valley because it is the center of wine country in Nova Scotia providing soil which is well drained, rocky slate with about a 5 % slope for cold air drainage.
L'Acadie Vineyards, specializing in Traditional Method Sparkling wine, is Nova Scotia's first certified organic winery.
Bruce identified that the region had great potential for sparkling wine and L'Acadie Vineyards was the first to release this style.
The Gaspereau Valley (sub-valley to the Annapolis Valley) has ridges that retain heat and ocean breezes that moderate temperatures and provide heat units and frost free days to ripen cool climate grapes with a natural balance of sugar and acidity ideal for Traditional Method Sparkling wine
The name L'Acadie was chosen after the rich farming history of the area. The original name Acadie is credited to Italian explorer Verrazzano, who in the services of the French crown in the 1500's, named all lands north of Virginia including the Atlantic provinces Arcadia, after the Arcadia district in Greece meaning refuge or idyllic place . On later maps the “r” was dropped.
Their vineyard and winery have been certified organic since inception by Pro Cert Organics. Their practices in the vineyard and winery follow the stringent Canadian Organic Standard and Pro Cert regularly inspects the records and practices to ensure adherence. The winery has the distinction of becoming the first winery in Nova Scotia to be certified organic .
The winery uses a geothermal heat pump for heating, cooling and hot water, building construction with sustainable material such as wooden timber frames, cedar exterior doors and concrete insulated walls, and infrared reflecting roof. The winery is built into the slope of the land to take advantage of natural earth insulation keeping the tirage cellar at a constant temperature for optimum aging of our sparkling wines.
L'Acadie Vineyards was also the first to release wines made from dried grapes , a new style of red winemaking for Nova Scotia .
L'Acadie Vineyards Wins Medal at Effervescents du Monde, Dijon
L’Acadie Vineyards’ 2007 Prestige Brut brings home Silver Medal in
prestigious international competition.
Gaspereau NS, Dec 5, 2011: Corks were popping in Nova Scotia when L’Acadie Vineyards heard
the news that their pride and joy Prestige Brut was the only entry from North America to win a medal in
the 9th international competition of the world’s best sparkling wines.
More Than Just Sparkling Wines
2009 L'Acadie Star - Bronze , 2010 Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards
2009 Estate L'Acadie - Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic
Bronze , 2010 Canadian Wine Awards
2007 Eclipse - Gold 2009 Atlantic Canada Wine Awards
Bronze , 2009 Canadian Wine Awards
2008 Alchemy - 100% Dried Grape Wine
2009 Estate Soleil - Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic
100% Dried Grape Wine
2008 Soleil - Double Gold, Best of Category Canadian Wine Championships
2010 Canadian Wine Awards
2007 Prestige Brut - Gold
2008 Vintage Cuv é e - Bronze
2009 Estate L'Acadie - Bronze
2008 Organic Cider - Bronze
2010 Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards
2007 Prestige Brut - Silver
2008 Vintage Cuv é e - Gold
2009 Star - Bronze
2010 NSLC Port of Wines Festival
2007 Prestige Brut - Top Scoring Sparkling Award
2010 All Canadian Wine Championships
2007 Prestige Brut - Silver
2008 Organic Cider - Silver
2009 L'Acadie Star - Bronze
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The winery hosts an number of events through out the year. The Stars on Ice takes place in Feb.
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