Blomidon Estate Winery is a boutique winery nestled on the shore of the Minas Basin, near Canning, in the picturesque Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Our beautiful seaside setting offers a unique location for viticulture, as well as a scenic stopping point for our many visitors.
We are committed to producing 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes and wines, and are proud to have won numerous national and international awards and acclaim for our efforts.
We invite you to join us and to discover our Nova Scotia wines.
The Canning area was once known as Rivière de Vieux Habitants, due to its proximity to the Rivière de la Veille Habitation (Habitant River) and named for the residents of Acadie (Habitants) who cultivated the land in the region. Following the Acadian expulsion in 1755, the land was re-settled by New England Planters. This area, along the shores of the Minas Basin, was once a well known area for shipbuilding and the famous Annapolis Valley orchards. In fact, Canning was once known as Apple Tree Landing.
The first vineyards were planted on our site in 1986. At that time, the owners of the property sold all of the grapes to Jost Vineyards in Malagash, NS. After some tumultuous years of ownership, the property was purchased by the owners of Creekside Estate Winery in Niagara, ON, who were responsible for constructing the winery and extending the vineyard plantings. The wines were first commercialised under the Habitant Vineyards label, before being rebranded as Blomidon Estate Winery in 2002.
The Ramey family purchased the winery in 2007. Since taking over, they have focused on investing in the facility and increasing the production of the winery, all while improving the quality of the vineyards and the wines. Blomidon Estate Winery is now one of the rising stars of the Nova Scotia wine industry, producing exciting,terroir driven wines perfect for our local cuisine. As Craig Pinhey, Atlantic Canada’s Wine, Beer and Spirits Writer, noted in The Coast “Exciting things are happening at Blomidon these days.”
Blomidon Estate Vineyard
The Blomidon Estate Vineyard is located on the shores of the Minas Basin, near Canning, in the Annapolis Valley. Many of the blocks were planted in 1986, giving us some of the oldest vines in the province. With 18 acres of vines spread over the 25 acre property, the site benefits from its close proximity to the water, as the tides and sea breezes moderate the temperature and help prevent disease. The soils are sand and loam, offering excellent drainage and the gentle, south-facing slope provides for excellent sun exposure. The Blomidon vineyard is planted with established Baco Noir, L’Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay, with newer plantings of Riesling, New York Muscat and some experimental Vitis vinifera varieties.
Our 10 acre Woodside Road vineyard is located 8km from the winery, on the lower slopes of the North Mountain. The soils are a reddish-clay, with basalt stones eroded from the North Mountain formation. This nutrient rich site produces robust wines and is planted with reds, including Maréchal Foch, Luci Kuhlmann and Leon Millot, whites, such as L’Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc and New York Muscat, and our largest new plantings of Vitis vinifera, including the classic Champagne varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
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