Planters Ridge Winery opened in 2013 after two successful harvests. The name Planters Ridge was selected to reflect the history of the land the winery is situated on. The land is part of the original New England Planters Land Grant from 1760, offered by the Lieutenant Governor after the Acadian expulsion. In 2010, owners John McLarty and Lisa Law purchased the property from a seventh generation Woodworth family, who were original New England Planters.
The winery is housed in a newly renovated 155 year-old heritage timber framed barn that combines historical features with some modern flourishes. The vineyard is planted on the sandy-clay slopes of a ridge overlooking the pastoral Union Dyke and Wellington Dyke, with views of Cape Blomidon and the Minas Basin at high tide. The rich pastoral setting that embodies our unique microclimate, is bordered in the north by the basalt and granite of the North Mountain that rises from the shores of the Bay of Fundy. To the south, we are sheltered from the cooler air of the Atlantic Ocean by South Mountain and Wolfville Ridge.
Boasting estate grown L'Acadie blanc, Frontenac gris, New York Muscat, Riesling, Marquette, Luci Kuhlman and Castel, Planters Ridge is focusing on producing premium level red and white wine blends. They also produce mead.
The focus is on blends
Team approach lead by wine consultant Natalie Spykowsky.
Philosophy: Planters Ridge believes in the concept of vineyard enology. Simply put, that wine is made in the vineyard. This concept guides their actions in the cellar as well, and they strive to use techniques that enhance the desired characteristics in the finished wines without diminishing the expression of their unique terrior.