Grape Varieties

There are more than 5,000 different wine grape varieties in the world. All fall into a few major families or species – Vitis Vinifera, prevalent in Europe, and Vitis Labrusca and Vitis Riparia, which are native to Canada and the eastern United States. Here in Nova Scotia we also have many Hybrid grape varietals which are created by crossing two different grape species.

The majority of wines on our shelves are made from Vitis Vinifera.

  • Baco Noir

    Baco Noir is a French-American hybrid grape that is produced from a cross of a French Vitis Vinifera and a North American Vitis Riparia varietals.
  • Cabernet Franc

    As a single varietal Cabernet Franc produces wines with floral and vegetal aromas that are well structured with balanced acidity making the grape a great food friendly choice.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Sauvignon is a small and tough skinned grape that is less susceptible to vine diseases, which results in an easy to grow varietal.
  • Carménère

    Carménère wine has a deep red colour and aromas found in red fruits, spices and berries. The tannins are gentler and softer than those in Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Chardonnay

    Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular white wine grapes. Winemakers love it because it acts like a blank canvas, easily transformed into a wide range of styles.
  • Chenin Blanc

    Native to France’s Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc produces a range of wine styles- from light, simple and dry to complex, rich and lusciously sweet.
  • Gamay

    This grape is best enjoyed young, where its soft tannins and refreshing acidity complement light fare.
  • Gewürztraminer

    Originating in the northern region of Alsace, Gewürztraminer creates one of the most aromatic and perfumed white wines produced in the world.
  • Grenache

    Grenache, or Garnacha, originated in Northern Spain but now grows throughout France, Australia and California as well.
  • L’Acadie Blanc

    With crisp apple and citris characteristics, the grape has been called Nova Scotia’s ‘Chardonnay’ because it can be made into many diverse wine styles
  • Leon Millot

    Increasingly common in Nova Scotia's vineyards, Leon Millot produces a dark red-violet wine.
  • Lucie Kuhlmann

    Lucie Kuhlmann ripens reliably but tends to have high acidity and an herbaceous character.
  • Malbec

    Malbec produces a deep purple, medium to full-bodied, dry red wine with plenty of acidity,
  • Marechal Foch

    Marechal Foch has small berries and medium sized clusters that produce an intense, dark red-violet wine.
  • Merlot

    The Merlot grape produces single varietal wines that are plump and round. Despite a temporary slump in sales after movie "Sideways" was released, California and Chile are leading the way on recreating the excitement behind 100% Merlot wines.
  • Muscat

    Muscat ranges in colour from white to near black and has an intense, sweet floral aroma,
  • Nebbiolo

    Nebbiolo produces beautifully scented wines, revealing aromas of tar, violets, roses, and chocolate.
  • Petite Sirah

    Spicy, plummy flavours that develops into aromas of melted chocolate when aged in oak.
  • Pinot Blanc

    Pinot Blanc offers fruity aromas, often of apple, citrus fruit, and floral characteristics.
  • Pinot Grigio

    Pinot Grigio is far and wide one of the most popular white wine styles due to its fresh and fruit forward nature.
  • Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir makes a relatively pale red wine with notes of spice, cgerry and strawberry.
  • Pinotage

    South Africa’s signature red wine grape offers aromas and flavours reminiscent of wild brambles and plums.
  • Riesling

    Riesling makes pale, lemony-green coloured wines that deepen in intensity with age.
  • Sangiovese

    Sangiovese produces a wide range of styles, from light, fresh cherry driven Chianti to rich, bold Brunello.
  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc creates refreshing white wines due to the grape's piercing acidity and green, grassy aromatics.
  • Sémillon

    Sémillon is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce dry white Bordeaux and Sauternes.
  • Syrah/Shiraz

    Syrah/Shiraz thrives in warm climates and produces dark, complex, long-lived wines with powerful, rich berry fruit.
  • Tempranillo

    Tempranillo produces dark wines that are rich with cherry, strawberry, dill and spice flavours.
  • Verdelho

    Verdelho produces crisp, dry white wines that display bright, intense citrus flavours, with slight honeysuckle notes.
  • Viognier

    Viognier has gorgeous aromatics, reminiscent of peach, apricot, blossoms and sweet honey notes.
  • Zinfandel

    Bold and full, Zinfandel is produced in a ripe, fruit forward style perfect for BBQ.