Wine glass with the Gaspereau Vineyards logo, rose wine is at the bottom of the glass. Glass sits on oak barrel.

Day 1 - Nova Scotia: Annapolis Valley

The first winery on our tour is Sainte-Famille Wines in Falmouth. This is a small, family-owned winery located on an old, Acadian settlement overlooking the picturesque Avon River Valley. We'll stroll through the scenic vineyard, tour the winery and sample a selection of their award winning wines.

From Falmouth, travelling across country, we'll stop in Gaspereau Valley to visit Gaspereau Vineyards - asmall, boutique winery showcasing some of the best wines Nova Scotia has to offer. Once a dairy farm and apple orchard, this 50 acre property has been transformed into a vineyard and passionately produces wine. Perhaps pop on a bike and cycle through the vineyards or relax in the restaurant and enjoy some local fare and superb wine.

A short drive will take us through the University town of Wolfville to Grande Pré, where we'll visit one of the oldest wineries in Nova Scotia, Domaine De Grand Pré. This gorgeous winery not only produces award winning wines but also boasts an award winning restaurant! With the Bay of Fundy as a back drop, explore this beautiful vineyard, tour their wine museum then sit back, sip and savour the flavours of their superb wine and cuisine.

Leaving Grande Pré, we're travel to the southern area of the Annapolis Valley to our evening accommodation, Digby Pines, in the town of Digby. Enjoy a relaxing evening on the coast, dine on world famous Digby Scallops and embrace the good life.

Options: Add more wineries; remove some wineries; visit museums; visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site; hike; visit spectacular 'look-offs' or a rustic fishing village for a meal of lobster. We can add a day and spent some time exploring the town of Annapolis Royal (home to two National Historic sites and beautiful heritage gardens) or even stay in a rustic lodge and go whale watching.

Close up of sign for Gillis of Belleisle winery, winery building in the background.

Day 2 - New Brunswick inland river valley

Following our ferry ride from Nova Scotia, we'll head inland to the Kingston Peninsula to tour Dunham's Run Estate Winery. Sample a selection of reds and whites produced from their vineyard and perhaps also taste their mead, cider and port.

We'll continue our drive inland to the head of Belleisle Bay where we'll explore the award winning Gillis of Belleisle Winery. Nestled in a beautiful river valley with stunning views down the bay, we're sure you'll enjoy the unparalleled scenery while sampling a selection of unique wines.

Our next stop will be on the shores of Washademoak Lakein the small town of Cambridge-Narrows, to visit Mott's Landing Vineyard. We'll stroll through their vineyards, learn their history (and perhaps hear a story or two) and enjoy a sampling of their wines, including their popular Cranpagne - a sparkling cranberry wine.

Our evening will be spent in Moncton in a beautiful hotel on the banks of the Petitcodiac River. Relax, unwind and enjoy views of the famous Bay of Fundy.

Options: Explore the city of Saint John; Visit Reversing Falls; Add more wineries or perhaps visit a cider company - the choice is yours.

Magnetic Hill Winery sign with the winery in the background.

Day 3 - New Brunswick Fundy Coastline

We'll begin the day by visiting a heritage property which has been transformed into an award winning winery. At Magnetic Hill Winery, you'll discover why lovers of good wines are drawn to Magnetic Hill for more than the optical illusion of cars rolling uphill without power! As you sip and swirl, enjoy the gorgeous, panoramic views of the Moncton area.

No visit to New Brunswick would be complete without visiting the Bay of Fundy and witnessing the world's highest tides. On the way to our next winery, we'll stop at Hopewell Rocks where you can walk on the ocean floor, stroll among the flowerpots and experience this true wonder of nature. A scenic drive will take us to Waterside Farms Cottage Winery, New Brunswick's first cottage winery. Situated on the Bay of Fundy, this award winning winery specializes in wild blueberry wines, a true taste of New Brunswick.
Our return trip to Moncton will take us through Fundy National Park which offers exceptional sightseeing and numerous activities and if our timing is right, we may even catch a traditional kitchen party!

Options: Visit Cape Enrage; Rent a canoe, boat or kayak; Explore caves or hike some trails; Tour fine art and craft studios; Visit Magnetic Hill and all the attractions it offers.

Matos Winery Sign with the winery in the background.

Day 4 - Prince Edward Island

Leaving Moncton, we'll drive along the Petitcodiac River Valley to visit Verger Belliveau Orchards. With over 70,000 apple trees and a long, interesting agricultural history, we're sure you'll enjoy a tour of the orchard and sampling a selection of their wines and ciders.
Continuing our drive to the Gentle Island, we'll visit Winegarden Estate Ltd., the only winery and distillery in the Atlantic Provinces. We'll tour the winery and distillery, visit the wine cellar and museum and see the first bottle of authentic German-New Brunswick Apple Schnaps made in Canada! Perhaps enjoy a picnic on the estate or browse their wine store, offering over 70 varieties of grape wine, fruit wine, liqueurs and distilled spirits - all made on site.

Confederation Bridge is a short drive away and will lead us onto Prince Edward Island. We may stop at picturesque Victoria-By-The-Sea, a charming, historic, sea coast village, on our way to Matos Vineyard and Winery. Following a tour of the winery, we'll sip and swirl some of their selection at the tasting bar, before heading to our accommodation at Brackley Beach. Although there will be a variety of options for dinner, we suggest a traditional lobster supper, a treat not to be missed!

Options: Add more wineries; Incorporate shopping in Moncton or PEI; Relax on the beach - you're on the Gentle Island - time to take things slowly!

Rossignol Estate Winery main building. Sunny day.

Day 5 - PEI Beaches to Cape Breton Highlands

Our day will begin in Charlottetown, Birth Place of Confederation. We'll tour this quaint, capital city prior to visiting Newman Estate Winery. Situated in a tranquil, rural location we'll tour the young vineyards, perhaps meet the owner and sip his selections in the tasting room, which has been described as, relaxed and comfortable, like sipping in a neighbor's kitchen.

A short drive will take us to Rossignol Estate Winery offering wines as unique and beautiful as the Island. Tour the panoramic vineyard and savour the flavour of selections such as Blackberry Mead Wine or Wild Rose Liqueur.

Continuing with tranquility, we'll take a ferry ride, crossing the Northumberland Strait, to Nova Scotia. Relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery, spot some porpoise and enjoy the sounds of Maritime Music drifting across the waves.

On arrival in Nova Scotia, we'll drive directly to Baddeck and spend the evening in the charming Auberge Gisele's Inn. Enjoy an award winning dinner while overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes in Cape Breton. Life is good.

Options: Spend an additional night in PEI and tour the Island, relax on the beach, take in attractions such as Anne of Green Gables or a musical at Confederation Centre of the Arts; Visit PEI's Vodka distillery; Spend the night in Pictou, Birth Place of New Scotland, tour the Hector Heritage Quay and learn of our Scottish roots - your vacation, your way.

Grapes growing on a sunny day.  A lake can be seen in the background.

Day 6 - Cape Breton

Upon awakening on the Bras d'Or Lakes, you may understand why Alexander Graham Bell was enchanted by the beauty of Cape Breton and thought it 'out rivaledany other place in his global travels'! We'll begin our day by visiting the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, en-route to Cape Bretons only winery, Eileanan Brèagha Winery.

As Nova Scotia's northernmost estate winery, Eileanan Brèagha (Scottish Gaelic for beautiful islands), the vineyard was named in homage to the owner's Gaelic heritage and for the majestic view of the numerous small islands in the Bras d'Or Lakes. Enjoy, what has been said to be, "the most stunning vineyard vista in the Province" with a little island in every glass!"

Wine making in Cape Breton is relatively new, but tea drinking is a long standing tradition! We'll take a scenic drive through Cape Breton and pop into Rita MacNeils Tea room to enjoy some true island tea hospitality before we travel back in time and visit Fortress Louisbourg, a National Historic Site. We'll return to Baddeck in time for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Options: Add a day/night to Cape Breton and tour the Cabot Trail; Visit Canada's only Single Malt Distillery; Explore the Gaelic and Acadian heritage of Cape Breton; Whale watching and hiking; Museums and music. It's a small island with a lot to offer - you choose what you want to see, do and experience.

Oak wine barrel with the Jost logo.

Day 7 - Nova Scotia Coastal Tour

Leaving Cape Breton, we'll travel back to the mainland and head to the Sunrise trail - a scenic trailway running along the Northumberland Straight coastline of Nova Scotia. Our destination is the coastal community of Malagash, home to Nova Scotia's largest and oldest winery, Jost Vineyards. With wines for every occasion and winning hundreds of national and international awards you are sure to enjoy the Jost Experience! Following a tour of the vineyard and sampling in their tasting room, why not grab a picnic basket, bottle of wine and enjoy a picnic among the vines? If you're feeling invigorated from the fresh sea air, hop on a bike, explore the trails along the coastline in search of that perfect, secluded picnic spot! Enjoy the sea air, peace and serenity.

We'll be back in Halifax for your evening meal and a chance to explore the Halifax nightlife.

Options: Visit Museums (including a working Grist Mill); Relax on beautiful beaches; Explore the village of Tatamagouche and visit it's microbrewery and museums or stay overnight in one of Nova Scotia's Premier Resorts on the coastline. This scenic coastline has so much to offer - you tell us what you want to do and we'll make it happen.

As with all Blue Diamond Tours, the above itinerary is a suggestion. We want to work with you to make it your own, unique tour, doing the things you want to, in your own time. Contact us today and let's work together to create your Maritime Wine Adventure.


Photo Credits:

"Gaspereau Vineyards" By gLangille [Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)]

"Gillis of Belleisle sign" By Gillis of Belleisle

"Magnetic Hill Winery and B&B" By recoltedecheznous.com

"Matos Winery.jpg" By recoltedecheznous.com

"Rossignol Estate Winery" By rossignolwinery.com

"Eileanan Brèagha Winery" By www.eileananbreagha.ca

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