Established on old Acadian land in the heart of the Annapolis Valley, the Sainte-Famille winery is owned by Doug and Suzanne Corkum and opened up for business in 1980. The winery overlooks the rolling hills that surround the Avon River Valley and is nestled in a unique site that makes it the warmest vineyard site in all of Nova Scotia.
Starting out with just one acre, the land now stretches over 25 acres of vineyard composed of eight varieties of white grapes and four varieties of red – 95% of the Sainte-Famille production comes from their own grapes. They offer a wide range of lesser known varieties, like Marechal Foch, Acadie Blanc, Seyval and Lèon Millot, as well as cherished classics like Chardonnay and Riesling. Blueberry ice wine and maple wine are also produced on site. Sainte-Famille Wines have won several Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards over their long career, as well as a Gold Medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition in New York.
Sainte-Famille Wines is located just over an hour (74 kilometers/46 miles) north of Halifax in Falmouth. It can be reached by car via route 101 and Falmouth Dyke Road. The winery is open from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm, and on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. It is closed on Sundays between January and March. Tours run twice daily from June 1st to September 30th at 10AM and 2PM and costs $3.50 per person.