Jost Vineyards, situated on the northern shores of Nova Scotia, combines more than 300 years of grape growing and wine making traditions with a long warm, frost free season. Jost Vineyards history begins with Hans Wilhelm Jost and family in the Rhine region of Germany. The Christinenhof was a successful family-run vineyard and cellar, highly praised for its wine quality.
In 1970, in search of vast lands and new freedoms, the Jost family, Hans, Erna and children, Hans Christian and Ellen, immigrated to Nova Scotia.
It was not until 1978 that the Jost's returned to the family tradition and began experimenting with grapes. With the success of these grapevines, more vineyards were planted and a use for the resulting harvest required. Jost Vineyards became a licensed winery in November 1983 and the first cellar was built in 1984.
The winery has over 75 acres located in the Malagash and Gaspereau Valley. The most common varieties are Marechal Foch, L'Acadie Blanc, Muscat, Leon Millot, Geisenheim, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Mischurnitz and Severnyi.
Today the winery is owned by Devonian Coast Wineries. Carl Sparkes purchased Jost Winery through his new company, Devonian Coast Wineries Ltd in May 2012. They have over 100 acres.
The winery, which was fully redesigned and renovated in 2013, is rustic, yet elegant. A beautiful circular tasting bar, meant to resemble a large oak barrique, is the centre piece of our cathedral-ceilinged lounge.
The winery offers over 25 different wines. Among them Maple Wine, Malagash Red and Selkie Refresh.
The Wine made from maple syrup collected from trees in the vast maple forests of Nova Scotia. The maple “juice” is carefully cool fermented until the desired concentration of residual sugars is reached. The award winning Maple Wine is a Quality Certified dessert wine by the national certifying body, Fruit Wines of Canada. Gold - 2017 The National Wine Awards of Canada.
Aromas of Maple syrup which mingle notes of wood smoke , brown sugar, beeswax and vanilla giving an equally individual rich sweet distinct flavour.
Malagash* Red is complex red made from Nova Scotia grown Marquette and Niagara- grown Pinot Noir. Complex and intriguing, the nose of the Malagash Red is filled with layers of fruit, leather and oak. Cherry and orange rind aromas are noted initially then notes of fruit cake, subtle oak and some complex earthy notes layer in.
Marquette has a similar elegance and finesse as Pinot Noir and are ideal blending partners. Just under 10% of the Marquette has been dried before fermentation and combined with Marquette that has not been dried for barrel aging. The Pinot Noir was barrel-aged independently and was combined with the Marquette prior to bottling
A classic Frizzante wine. The Selkie brand has been developed with a rich storyline connecting it to the coastline of Atlantic Canada and all of its romance, mystery and elegance. Selkies are mythological creatures found in Scottish, Irish, and Faroese folklore. Selkies** are said to live as seals in the sea, but shed their skin to transform into their human form on land, dance along the moonlit shores, bask in the sun on outlying skerries, and to be with the human she loves.
Selkie Refresh has an aromatic profile bursting with Muscat-driven fruit combined with a crisp, delicate effervescence. Selkie Refresh reflects the nature of a Nova Scotia ocean breeze - true in spirit, always refreshing and perfect for every occasion.
** Selkies (also spelled silkies, sylkies, selchies) or Selkie folk (Scots: selkie fowk) meaning "Seal Folk" are mythological beings capable of therianthropy, changing from seal to human form by shedding their skin.
* Malagash is a dispersed community on the Malagash Peninsula in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada.