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Annapolis Highland Vineyards in Bear River East is just minutes from the historic town of Annapolis Royal and is Nova Scotia's 14th licensed winery. In this area of southwestern Nova Scotia some of the first grape vines in Canada were planted in the 1600s and this area is now home to many vineyards. Want to visit the winery? Click here for directions.
Annapolis Highland Vineyards is positioned on a hill and features 3.6 hectares under vine. Nearly 10,000 grape vines have been planted within the last 4 years and are thriving in this location. The unique terroir** of our vineyard includes a south facing slope consisting largely of slate and granite glacial deposits which allow for excellent drainage and sun exposure. The long warm Autumns experienced in Nova Scotia provide ideal growing conditions that produce our well balanced wines.
Our vine varieties are Pinot Gris, Geisenheim Riesling, Cabernet Franc, New York Muscat, Castel, Gamay (for the making of Beaujolais Nouveau) and DeChaunac.
Annapolis Highland Vineyards 2008 vintages of Nova Scotia wines include Gris, DeChaunac, Geisenheim Riesling and the Annapolis Highland Vineyards specialty Highland Blue. This wine blends wild Nova Scotia blueberries with a hint of Cabernet Franc. Annapolis Highland Vineyards has just released their newest wine, Highland Blue Dolce. This is a lovely dessert wine using the same blending as the Highland Blue wine.
At Annapolis Highland Vineyards we give tours of our vineyard and winery, as well as viticulture clinics in the spring and our staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have about oenology.
Be sure to stop by the gift store and purchase your selection of Annapolis Highland Vineyards Nova Scotia wines, wine related items, specialty teas and coffees, wine jellies and honey. There is a variety of art work including photography and watercolors by Nova Scotian artists available to purchase. Finally, before you leave, sample the fine selection of our wines at the free tasting bar!
**Natural factors make wine from a particular region unique. Known in the wine industry as terroir, these factors include local climate (temperature, rainfall, and sunlight), location of grapevines (altitude and slope), and soil (structure, composition, and water drainage).