The longest operating winery in Nova Scotia and a leader in regional viniculture innovation, Jost Vineyards descends from 400 years of winemaking tradition. Located in beautiful Malagash, Nova Scotia along the Northumberland Strait,
The Jost family planted our first vines in 1978 on the Malagash Peninsula, jutting into the warm Northumberland Strait. Warmed by the slope of the land, and sharing the same latitude as the renowned grape-growing regions of France, Germany and Italy, the vineyard flourished and the winery was officially licensed in 1983. The winery store was opened in 1986 and quickly became a hub for community events and activities.
Carl and Donna Sparkes founded Devonian Coast Wineries in 2011, then purchased the already established and respected Jost Vineyards. Bringing with them a commitment to more education, scientific analysis of soil types, and new plantings, it is a new beginning for the winery. With this came a massive redesign and renovation of the winery and its facilities as well as changes in winemaking and viticulture.
Their newest brand is the Selkie. Selkies are enchanted creatures hailing from Irish, Scottish, and Faroese folklore. These mystical seals transform on land into beautiful human forms. A Selkie emerges from the ocean to be with the human she loves, but is always torn between her human love and a longing for her ocean home. Only 1000 cases of Selkie were produced, so for now this is a limited edition wine. The buzz in Nova Scotia says these wines are quite good.
Jonathan Rodwell, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture, oversees winemaking and viticulture of all Devonian Coast Wineries to ensure high-quality and consistency. Nova Scotia-born Gina Haverstock is one of their key winemakers. Gina studies at Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, receiving a Bachelor of Science with honours in Oenology and Viticulture.
Summer afternoons at the winery features live music on the patio..and the facilities are popular. Their wines are available at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and their outlets, The New Brunswick Liquor Corporation, the PEI Liquor Control Commission, Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and Alberta.
The winery has a very long list of Awards won over the years; quality is consistent!
Gaspereau Vineyards, Mercator Vineyards are owned by Devonian Coast Wineries . Grand Banks is also one of their brands.
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