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To help you know your wines and wineries better we have introduced this feature to our Vineyard plus pages. Each mouth we will feature one of Canada's  major wineries.

Jost Vineyards Lt.

Jost Vineyards Limited, Malagash, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0K 1E0    1-800-565-4567

Located along the picturesque Northumberland Strait, just off the Sunrise Trail in Nova Scotia. Jost Vineyards is a proud Canadian grower and producer achievementing over 150 international awards. Jost is Nova Scotia's largest winery.


Jost Vineyards history begins with Hans Wilhelm Jost and family in the Rhine region of Germany. The Christinenhof was a successful family-run vineyard and cellar, highly praised for its wine quality.

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. It wasn't until 1978 that the Jost's returned to the family tradition and began experimenting with grapes. 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. Jost wines went on sale in the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission in May of 1985. Jost Vineyards celebrated its grand opening September 6th, 1985

Hans Christian is the winemaker taking over after the passing of his father in 1988. Christian has transformed the business from a simple winery into a multi-faceted company, offering everything from specialized wine labeling and wine training to a craft shop, deli bar, and winery store featuring exclusive merchandise and wines.

IN 1999 Jost Vineyards Vidal IceWine, beat out 593 other competitors at the 2000 All-Canadian Wine Championships to become the first wine outside of Ontario or British Columbia to be crowned best in Canada.



This wine won the Platinum Medal at the Port of Wines festival the last two years. This unique product is made from a blend of maple syrup and sap collected from trees in the forests of Nova Scotia. The result is this unique dessert-style wine which is sweet and flavourful yet soft and harmonious. Enjoy on its own, over ice cream or pair with pecan or pumpkin pie as the perfect way to finish a holiday meal.

Marechal Foch grapes grown in Nova Scotia were chosen by Jost Vineyards to produce their premier Port style red wine. It has a rich, full bodied, fruit character which lingers on the palate. Jost Vineyards Port is the perfect accompaniment to good friends and good food.



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