News release

Nova Scotia Wines Receive Award for Excellence

Photo of gold medal awarded to Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines recipients

The Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines (Office of the Lieutenant-Governor)

Five wines received the 2024 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax today, July 10.

This year’s award winners are:

  • Brut Réserve, Blomidon Estate Winery, Canning
  • 2020 Gaspereau Reserve Riesling, Gaspereau Vineyards, Gaspereau
  • 2018 Brut, Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, Wolfville
  • 2021 Brut Rosé, Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards, Wolfville
  • 2022 Chardonnay, Planters Ridge Winery, Port Williams.

“With a burgeoning reputation for crisp, aromatic wines, Nova Scotia has carved a niche in the international wine market,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “I am proud to recognize the 2024 award recipients, as they epitomize the outstanding quality of our vibrant and dynamic wine industry.”

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

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.


“As we raise a glass to excellence in Nova Scotia wines, let us toast to the dedicated individuals whose passion and hard work have lifted our farm wine industry to new heights. Together, we continue to cultivate a legacy of exceptional wines that showcase Nova Scotia’s unique terroir and expertise, positioning Nova Scotia on the global stage as a sought-after travel destination. Cheers to the resilience, innovation and commitment of our farm wineries as we savour the fruits of their labour, connected to our soil, and celebrate the artistry in every bottle.”
Haley Brown, Executive Director, Wine Growers Nova Scotia

“Nova Scotia’s farm wine industry not only enhances our province’s international reputation for producing world-class wines, but also celebrates our unique terroir and cool climate that are reflected in every glass. This story is told with the dedication and creativity of our farmers, grape growers and winemakers, who expertly showcase Nova Scotia’s natural attributes in every bottle. The Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines further celebrates the outstanding quality of our wines, honouring the achievements of wineries, winemakers and grape growers and recognizing the many individuals shaping this thriving industry.”
Emily Haynes, Executive Director, Taste 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 11 wineries were submitted this year for adjudication by a panel of independent judges
  • each winning winery is presented with a gold medal and a certificate; they may advertise that the wine is an award recipient

NOTE: The vintage of the Planters Ridge Chardonnay was corrected July 11, 2024.