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Nova Scotia Winery Expanding to Meet Increasing Demand
October 31, 2014 – Wolfville, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
The Annapolis Valley’s cool climate provides optimal conditions for grape growing. The province is home to a number of vineyards and Nova Scotia is making a name for itself in the wine industry.
Most Nova Scotia wineries have traditionally established themselves in the domestic market, but Benjamin Bridge is gaining national and international recognition. Located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the company has transformed 60 acres of old farmland into a vineyard and winery, and has recently acquired an adjacent property with plans for an additional 40 acres of vineyard. The winery’s immensely popular Nova 7 and critically acclaimed sparkling wines have distinguished them as one of Canada’s top wineries
To meet growing demand, McConnell Gordon Estates Limited, owner of Benjamin Bridge, is purchasing new, cutting-edge equipment to increase their capacity for export and become more efficient. This will include specialized winery equipment and a small building with a cement pad to house a state-of-the-art press.
The Government of Canada is providing McConnell Gordon Estates Limited with a repayable contribution of $338,150 to assist with the project through ACOA’s Business Development Program. This support will strengthen the company and Nova Scotia’s position as a premier producer of wine.
- Initially, Benjamin Bridge’s long-term goal was to become a 10,000 case winery. As a result of increasing grape production and its local grape-growing partners, the winery will surpass that goal and is expecting to produce over 18,000 cases of wine.
- Benjamin Bridge nurtures the natural strengths of its estate by following organic growing practices, letting nothing artificial come between the land and the berry.
- The wine industry contributes $196 million annually to the Nova Scotia economy, which translates into an economic impact of $375,000 per acre of grapes farmed in the province.
“In the 1600s, the first grapes grown in Nova Scotia were for domestic consumption. Today, local wines excite palates across the country and in a growing number of export markets. Benjamin Bridge is representative of a wine industry on the move. Nova Scotia’s vintners are acquiring a well-deserved reputation for quality products and sustainable practices and our Government is pleased to support them.”
- Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“This investment will allow Benjamin Bridge Vineyards to purchase new equipment, providing us with the opportunity to expand our home-grown product into new markets. This expansion will enable us to showcase a Nova Scotia product internationally, further promoting our province as a world-class wine producer."
- Gerry McConnell, Owner, McConnell Gordon Estates Ltd.
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