48 Vintage Lane, Malagash Nova Scotia
Perhaps the best known winery in Nova Scotia is Jost Vineyards.
situated on the northern shores of Nova Scotia, combines more than 400 years of grape growing and wine making traditions with a long warm, frost-free season.
In 1970, in search of vast lands and new freedoms, the Jost family, Hans, Erna and children, Hans Christian and Ellen, immigrated to Nova Scotia. They came from Germany where they had a successful winery in the Rhine region of Germany. It took eight more years before the family experimented with gowning grapes in their new home.
With the success of these grapevines, more vineyards were planted and a use for the resulting harvest required. Jost Vineyards became a licensed winery in November 1983 and the first cellar was built in 1984.
In 1988 Hans Christian Jost took over as winemaker and manager of the winery from his father. The winery was now a household name through out the maritimes. Hans Christian sold the company 2 years ago and is no longer involved in the wine business, he actually has gone into the beer business with his oldest daughter.
. Carl and Donna Sparkes are the owners of Devonian Coast Wineries Ltd
The winery has over 200 acres of vineyards.
The Malagash Vineyard is located on the 45th parallel, the same as parts of France and Germany.The most common varieties are Marechal Foch, L'Acadie Blanc, Muscat, Baco Noir, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc and Leon Millot.
The Gaspereau Valley (Annapolis Valley) Vineyards is 35 acres.
The most common grapes are French and German varieties (Marechal Foch, Vidal, Muscat, Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir, DeChaunac, L'Acadie ). The Vinifera grapes grown on a smaller, more experimental scale are Zweigelt, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Ortega.
Jost Vineyards produces red, white, rose, fruit, and specialty wines. The specialty wines include icewine, maple wines, and raspberry wine.
Jost wines are sold directly from the winery store and private wine stores. A limited variety are also available at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the New Brunswick Liquor Board, the Prince Edward Liquor Corporation, Newfoundland, Manitoba and Alberta. Jost wines are not available in the LCBO or SAQ.
The winery has won numerous gold medals and other awards over the years. Most recently
2012 Tidal Bay won Gold at the All Canadian Championships.
David Beardsall is the associate winemaker and Jonathan Rodwell has recently been hired to be our Director of Winemaking and Agriculture, he will oversee Jost, Gaspereau and Mercator (the third winery will open up in 2015).