Thursday morning, Emily and I woke up to greet our friend Lauren who was arriving from Calgary that morning. We caught up with her a bit before letting her take a bit of a nap after a long flight because we had a hella busy day planned.
Lauren awoke from her nap, and we got ready to go. The wedding party was travelling in from all over, many of us hadn’t met or spent much time together before this weekend. Kristin and Mike decided they wanted the whole wedding party to get together a few times before the main event to hang out and get to know each other a bit more. They thought a wine tour would be the perfect way to do so. They were definitely right.
They found a tour company, the Grape Escapes, that would pick us up in Halifax, take us for a tour of a few wineries, and have a few snacks and glasses of wine. I can’t even tell you guys how much fun everyone had during the tour. The wineries were all beautiful, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day to go.
We headed into the Annapolis Valley to the first winery, L’Acadie Vineyards. I’m not going to pretend to be a wine expert, so I can’t tell you the names of many of the wines we tried that day, but I will tell you a lot of them were reallllll good.
The second winery we went to was Gaspereau Vineyards. This was the group’s favourite winery of the tour. It was in a gorgeous location, and our tour guide, Kaylee, was absolutely fantastic. This winery also had my favourite wines of the day, including a phenomenal maple wine. It would be too sweet for every day, but it was great as a treat, and I’m sure it would be lovely to cook with.
The last winery of the day was Blomidon Estates. I did a project on this winery last year in one of my tourism development classes, so it was really cool to see it in the flesh. Out of all the wineries, this one was the most picturesque. It is located on the shore of the Minas Basin. We had a few snacks and walked around the vineyard for some photo opportunities before heading back into the city.
We learned a little bit about wine, but we definitely had a lot of fun. If you’re in Nova Scotia, and you’re a wine enthusiast, it is totally worth it to check out one of these tours. My personal favourites were the white wines, especially the Tidal Bays, a wine native to Nova Scotia, and of course the Maple wine.
Check out the Grape Escapes website to plan your own tour.