News release

2023 Wine Award Call for Submissions

The 2023 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines program is now open for submissions.

Established by former lieutenant-governor J.J. Grant in 2014, the award recognizes the outstanding quality of locally sourced and produced wines. It also honours the commitment and craft of those in Nova Scotia's wine industry.

“The wine award is a wonderful way to recognize local wineries that have invested time and resources into a vibrant sector,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “I am proud to showcase the quality of Nova Scotian wines and would like to thank the entire industry for their ongoing participation in this award program.”

The award is administered in collaboration with the Taste of Nova Scotia and Wine Growers Nova Scotia (formerly the Winery Association of Nova Scotia). These organizations will share information about the submission process with member wineries.

The submission deadline for the 2023 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines is May 5.

Quick Facts:

  • wineries may submit up to three commercially available wines made with 100 per cent Nova Scotian grapes
  • the wines will be judged through a blind tasting process by a panel of 10 independent wine experts
  • up to five wines will be selected for the annual award
  • the winning wines will be announced at an awards ceremony at Government House in July
  • the winning wineries will be presented with a medal and a certificate