I just spent a few days in Nova Scotia and it is really beautiful. I visited wineries in the Annapolis Valley, walked around Halifax, ate lots of lobster and haddock and attended the Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium, where I met some wonderful people, heard some great presentations and spoke myself.
I very much enjoyed the wines I tasted at the wineries I visited, and the wines I tasted at the conference, everything from excellent sparkling and still whites, some reds and fruit wines.
The two days prior to the conference I spent in the Annapolis Valley as a guest of Lorraine and Stewart at Avondale Sky Winery, a wonderful winery with delicious wines, a highly amusing young winemaker, Ben and a unique selling proposition.
The tasting room at Avondale Sky is a church, albeit a deconsecrated church – St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Walton – that is more than 150 years old and was 42 kilometers away from the winery. Lorraine and Stewart had the church (in one piece) loaded onto a truck, then onto a ferry and it was ferried out of Walton, into the Bay of Fundy down the Avon River and eventually to its new home at Avondale Sky Winery. As Lorraine says, “We moved heaven on earth.”
The church now has a new life as a tasting room and is restored, serene, comfortable and lovely.