Grape Stomps, Harvest Celebrations and

Double-decker fun at the Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival

Halifax, N.S. – Hop on and hop off  Wolfville’s double-decker Magic Winery Bus, stomp grapes at Sainte-Famille Wines, or enjoy a pig roast and wine at Avondale Sky during this year’s Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival. From September 13 to October 14, 2012, the annual harvest celebration of local wine and food is an opportunity to sample the very best the province has to offer.


“The fall festival is an opportunity to celebrate our local harvest…a time when our wineries are at their busiest and their best,” says Janice Ruddock, managing director of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS). “When you visit the wineries in the fall, you see the grapes coming in from the vineyards and you see the start of the winemaking process firsthand. It’s a perfect time to meet our winemakers, sample our local wines, stroll through the vineyards and to take in the stunning scenery around our beautiful province.”


New additions to this year’s festival include the Magic Winery Bus in Wolfville, 15 unique day tours organized by Go North Tours and Grape Escapes, an opportunity to harvest grapes at Petite Rivière as well as a pig roast at Avondale Sky. Traditional events like Jost Vineyards’ annual Charity Grape Stomp and Sainte-Famille’s Harvest Wine Fest will also continue to take place.


“We are already in the feel-good business,” says Pete Luckett, owner of Luckett Vineyards. “It’s doubly exciting that the wineries are working together on the Magic Winery Bus. To ride on the upper deck in the countryside provides a completely different view and a different perspective. It’s pretty exciting and more fun than any roller coaster ride…it’s top notch to have people brought to the winery in style.”


Hosted by WANS, the seventh annual Fall Wine Festival includes 12 wineries and over 50 wine-inspired events. For more information, a calendar of events, or to sign up for the weekly newsletter, visit .


For more information please contact:

Christine White, Director of Communications & Events

Winery Association of Nova Scotia

Phone: (902) 492-9291, ext. 115
Cell: (902) 880-2180


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About the Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival
The seventh annual Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival runs from September 13 – October 14, 2012, with local wine and food related events taking place throughout the province.

Discover the passion and artistry of Nova Scotia’s winemakers and some of the province’s finest chefs. With wine tastings, gourmet dinners, grape stomps, wine tours and food pairing events, there is something for every palate. The annual celebration of wine and food is an opportunity to sample the very best Nova Scotia has to offer.


About the Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS)
WANS was formed in 2002 to represent the interests of wine producers in Nova Scotia, to serve as a voice for local industry, and to promote the growth and development of Nova Scotia wines. Members include L’Acadie Vineyards, Annapolis Highland Vineyards, Avondale Sky Winery, Benjamin Bridge, Blomidon Estate Winery, Domaine de Grand Pré, Gaspereau Vineyards, Jost Vineyards, Luckett Vineyards, Muir Murray Estate Winery, Petite Rivière Vineyards and Sainte-Famille Wines.


High resolution photos from 2011 Fall Wine Festival available upon request.



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