PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia Wines Receive Award for Excellence

Four wines received the 2023 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines during a ceremony at Government House today, July 19.

“The reputation of Nova Scotian wines is due to the work of talented individuals who are dedicated to the growth of our wine industry,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “Their passion is reflected in the quality of their wines, and I am proud to recognize the significant and ongoing contributions of winemakers represented during this award season.”

Wineries across the province submitted up to three commercially available wines made with 100 per cent Nova Scotian grapes. An independent panel of experts participated in a blind tasting of all wines to select the top submissions for the award.

The recipients are:

The award is administered by Taste of Nova Scotia and Wine Growers Nova Scotia in partnership with the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor.


Wine has been traded between regions and cultures for thousands of years and the Nova Scotia wine industry is made up of diverse family-run businesses that have chosen farming and winemaking as their passion and profession. People across the globe are seeing Nova Scotia as an exciting, emerging wine destination that produces quality wine and competes with the best. It is truly an honour to continue to celebrate Nova Scotia wine with the Lieutenant-Governor’s award.

Haley BrownExecutive DirectorWine Growers Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s vibrant wine industry is producing world-class wines that have garnered international attention, awards, and accolades. Today, we celebrate a truly special recognition here at home. The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines continues to recognize the exceptional quality of Nova Scotia wines and the achievements of our wineries, winemakers, grape growers, and the countless people who shape this industry.

Emily HaynesExecutive DirectorTaste of Nova Scotia

Quick Facts:

  • the award program was established by former lieutenant-governor J.J. Grant in 2014 to recognize locally sourced and produced wines
  • 29 wines from 10 wineries were submitted this year
  • each winning winery is presented with a gold medal and a certificate; they may advertise that the wine is an award recipient


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