Tuesday, October 29, 2013

'Heard It Through The Grapevine'



Over the past 20 years or so, Nova Scotia has been slowly gaining recognition
in the 'wine industry' here in North America.


Most of the vineyards are in the Annapolis Valley where Ron grew up
 and attended university. So we know this area pretty well and have spent a lot
of time here over the years.


We continue to visit this area because it has been and is so much a part of our lives.
So last weekend we were in the Valley again getting 'stocked up' on fall veggies
and found ourselves in the heart of 'wine country', Nova Scotia style.


The Annapolis Valley has always been noted for its growing and production 
of apples here in eastern Canada. But this has changed now and the apple
orchards are being replaced by vineyards.


There are still apple orchards which produce great fruit but I noticed on this last trip 
that I see more vineyards now. 


Changing times and the economy have helped with this 'crop change'.
 I believe there is more money to be made with grape production
and it takes less start-up time than apples to go from 'vineyard to table'.


It is becoming very popular for people to take a bus tour of all
the vineyards in this area. And if these photos reflect anything
it is that the setting of these vineyards is spectacular....all year round.


It is good to see that my little province of Nova Scotia
is keeping up with the best of them.




19 comments:

  1. Now, I have learnt so much from your words... Ron went to university, apple orchards are now full of grapevines, the green colours are super, grapevines grow in straight long rows, and Nova Scotia is equal with our Marlborough region for the growing of the grapes. Enjoy the fruit of the vines labours when you drink that glass of wine!!!Greetings to all, Jean.

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    1. Hi Jean! You are such a good student!! lol
      I wish I knew more details about the varieties of grapes and the 'conditions' they require in which to grow, that way it would be interesting to compare your wines with ours for taste etc.
      Hoping you are having a wonderful SPRING day!

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  2. what a beautiful area. i love how vineyards look.

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    1. So do I Jaz....so neat and tidy.

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  3. I've gotten so used to the vineyards of the arid areas of Southern California and Southern Spain, it's beautiful to see them in such a lush setting.

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    1. It does look quite different I am sure Mitch from what you are used to seeing. The Valley here is very lush from May to October.

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  4. This is just one vineyard too. We need to visit some more, right hon!!!?

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  5. Looks like such a beautiful area. Seems like those vineyards are becoming more and more popular and prevalent over time. I guess it's the way to go!

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    1. That is true Martha.....especially in your province of Ontario through the Niagara area, right? Would love to visit that area as I've heard so much about it.

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  6. Your province also has some of the nicest people in it, who leave the nicest comments on one's blog. Is that green for real or did you mess with it? It looks like straight out of a fairy tale and I would love to visit, even though I can't drink wine.

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    1. Moi! Mess with it?! lol Not this time Inger, This is exactly how it looked last Sunday. And it was like out of a fairy tale too. We don't 'indulge' either but appreciate the whole industry of wine making.

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  7. It's nice to know you also have fruit of the vine! Beautiful pictures of a neatly planted vineyard. Have you visited any wineries?

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    1. We haven't visited any....yet. Will do some day, Sharon.

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  8. Wonderful news about Nova Scotia, my birthplace.
    I hope to go back next summer.

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  9. Mmm...wine. The vineyards are beautiful, Jim.

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  10. Gorgeous shots and nevsr realized that Nova Scotia had vineyards. My two week tour of this province ( probably 10 years ago) I totally missed this. Beautiful area. I do love Nova scotia! and especially the seafood was the best anywhere!

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  11. Absolutely glorious series of photos, Jim!!! Wow!

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  12. Jim- such beautiful vineyards! I had no idea that the area was such a producer of wines. That's amazing-- I'm going to do some checking on that. Maybe our wine stores can get some of them.

    The photos are just beautiful:)

    Vicki

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