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July 07, 2016 11:19 ET

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Invests in Wine Grape Research Program

KENTVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - July 7, 2016) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay today announced $400,000 to support a wine grape research program at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Kentville Research and Development Centre.

The program will help Nova Scotia's award-winning wine industry grow with new information about varieties, growing techniques, and processing that will help grape growers and wineries take full advantage of the region's unique microclimates and land.

Three new federal scientists will be hired to complement existing research at the Centre as part of a program that will include a vineyard to evaluate grape varieties.

Scientists will work directly with grape growers and vintners to map every vineyard in Nova Scotia and record the unique characteristics of the province's microclimates and terroirs and the production and management practices at each location.

Quick Facts

  • An experimental 2-acres vineyard at the Centre will give AAFC scientists the opportunity to investigate grape wine production practices, soil fertility, bud hardiness and pest and disease management in the same climate and soil conditions facing Nova Scotia grape growers.
  • Kentville researchers will collaborate with the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Department at Brock University, and will work closely with the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, the Grape Growers of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and local academic institutions to share best practices in the grape wine industry.
  • The work will complement wine research being conducted at AAFC's Summerland Research and Development Centre in British Columbia, at academic institutions and within the industry across the country.


Nova Scotia is quickly establishing an international reputation for wines, as are many regions across Canada. This research will identify new opportunities for growth and increase demand for Nova Scotian and Canadian wines.

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

This program will help vintners capitalize on the Nova Scotia's unique terroir and climactic conditions to expand grape production and improve wine quality for a more profitable and environmentally stable wine grape industry.

Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

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Contact Information

  • Guy Gallant
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Avril Vollenhoven
    Regional Communications Officer - Nova Scotia