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Blomidon Estate Winery Bubbles Over Onto International Stage


For Immediate Release

June 29, 2017


Blomidon Estate Winery Bubbles Over Onto International Stage

Canning, Nova Scotia – Blomidon Estate Winery is pleased to announce they received silver and bronze medals for three of their Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards.

The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world’s largest and most prestigious wine competition. This year, over 17 000 wines were entered into the competition and judged by top wine experts from around the globe. The single mission of the DWWA is to acknowledge and award quality and after a week of scrupulous judging, the highly anticipated 2017 winners were selected.

Blomidon received silver medals and 90 points for their 2011 Late Pick Chardonnay and 2012 Cuvée L’Acadie, and a bronze medal and 86 points for 2013 Crémant. These build upon the numerous awards and acclaim previously received for these sparkling wines; including the April 2017 issue of Quench Magazine, where the 2011 Late Pick Chardonnay was the top rated sparkling wine with 94 points (This impressive score placed the wine atop many other excellent sparkling wines from France (Champagne), Chile, Spain, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand and Nova Scotia), and the 2017 Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards, where it won Best in Class (joint) in the Sparkling Wine category.

These successes are an indication of the hard work and innovation that winemaker Simon Rafuse and the team at Blomidon have been putting into the wine program. “It is very energizing to have the opportunity to benchmark our wines against the world, and to come away with these medals. The whole team has a lot to be proud of with these results,” says Rafuse.

In 2007 the Ramey family purchased an existing winery – Blomidon Ridge – in Habitant. The family permanently changed the name to Blomidon Estate Winery and since that time, they have invested heavily in land, infrastructure, and most importantly, people. According to Tim Ramey, “our sole mission is to produce the very finest 100% Nova Scotia wines possible. That takes a team of very qualified people and with Simon Rafuse, Harold Gaudy (vineyard manager), and the whole Blomidon team we are beginning to fulfill our mission. To think that in a period of 10 short years we are now making wines of this caliber is both rewarding and humbling. “

Blomidon’s wines are available at the winery, the Halifax Seaport Market, and at select NSLC and private wine stores. For further information about the awards or Blomidon Estate Winery, contact the winery at (902) 582-7565 or by email:


For more information please contact:

Selena O’Connor

Wine Shop & Sales Manager

Phone: (902) 582-7565




Wine – In My Opinion. A Blog by Darlene Myers


We recently hosted our Annual NSLC Appreciation Day, and we had a special visitor tag along with some of the gals from the NSLC! Darlene Myers is a sommelier student/blogger at

It was a pleasure to meet Darlene and we can’t wait to read more about her delicious wine experiences. Check out what Darlene had to say about her visit to Blomidon below, and be sure to check out some of her other posts too:

Simon and Darlene Myers

Here’s Simon and Darlene

Grand Opening


This past weekend, we celebrated the official grand opening of the new addition to our facility and patio!

Friday and Saturday, we had visits from many supporters and customers who enjoyed our new wine releases, hay rides with our vineyard manager, an outdoor concert with Mike Aube, and watched our own staff’s challenge to other Canadian vineyards in our very own Ice Bucket Challenge!

We donated to ALS Canada as part of the challenge, and we challenge you to do the same. To donate to ALS Canada, click here.

We’d like to thank all of our supporters who made it out over the weekend, and those who continue to make it out all of this season.

See below for more photos of the event!

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Three NS wineries recognized at special awards ceremony


Check out the footage from our friends at CTV Atlantic from the LG Wine Award Ceremony!:

2014 Award Winners

Three NS wineries recognized at special awards ceremony

CTV Atlantic
Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:07PM ADT 

Three Nova Scotia wineries received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines during a special ceremony at Government House in Halifax on Wednesday.

“The honour is so significant,” says winery co-owner Lorraine Vassalo. “It’s the top three wines in the province.”

The Avondale Sky Winery in Windsor won an award for its dessert wine, the Martock 2012. Vassalo attributes the win to the skill of their winemaker and an ideal climate.

“We have warm days and very cool evenings. That maintains the acidity in the grapes and that’s what gives it the crispiness,” says Vassalo. “We can balance out with the sugars and have an excellent product.”

Wineries from around the province were invited to enter the competition. Each winery was allowed to submit up to three commercially-available grape wines, as long as they were 100 per cent produced and sourced in Nova Scotia.

Judges spent four hours sampling the wines in a blind tasting, and after lots of sipping, Simon Rafuse’s 2010 Cuvee L’Acadie from the Annapolis Valley’s Blomidon Estate Winery came out on top.

“I think it was a perfect storm of a lot of hard work,” says Rafuse. “A great vintage, and obviously we’re thrilled and honoured to win the award.”

Jurg Stutz of Domaine de Grand Pre also took home an award for his 2013 Riesling.

“This particular award, they gave it away in British Columbia and Ontario as well, so to have it in Nova Scotia is really amazing,” says Stutz.

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant says this kind of recognition will help expand Nova Scotia’s wine industry.

“The lieutenant-governor in British Columbia was telling me they have over 100 wineries that enter their competition,” says Grant. “So we have a little ways to go, but we certainly have a growing industry.”

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Alyse Hand

Nova Scotia’s Top Wines for 2014



2010 Cuvee L'Acadie (small)

More great acclaim for our 2010 Cuvée L’Acadie from Mark DeWolf at The Chronicle Herald, we’re extremely happy to be in such wonderful company!:

Two recently held competitions are testimony to the growing success and awareness of Nova Scotia wines. The 6th Annual Atlantic Canada Wine Awards were held last month and the office of the Lieutenant Governor recently announced the winners of the inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines. The latter were established by the Lieutenant Governor J.J Grant and organized as a partnership between the Lieutenant Governor’s office and the Wines of Nova Scotia.

I was privileged enough to participate in a judging capacity at both events and can say it is encouraging to see how high the bar has been raised for local wines over the last decade. It was clearly evident at each event that sparkling wine and white wines have become our regional stars but also encouraging to see that there had been significant improvements in quality amongst red wines, especially evident in hybrid blends. However, success wasn’t limited only to grape based wines as a number of fruit based wines won gold at the Atlantic Canada Wine Awards including New Ross’s Muwin Estate Wines which scored top marks and a Gold Medal for its crisp and refreshing Red Barn Apple Wine (available at the NSLC). According to the event organizer, Evelyn Friedrich of CAPSAC “the Atlantic Canada Wine Awards have become the region’s standard of excellence and this year with close to 100 wines from 18 wineries from the 4 Atlantic provinces competing for awards ranging from Bronze to Gold in 15 categories.” Another local winery that scored big at the event was the Gaspereau Valley’s Luckett Vineyards. Both their Black Cab Red (red hybrid blend category) and 2013 Phone Box White (white hybrid blend) won Gold, a feat only equaled by Gaspereau Vineyards who took home Gold for their 2013 Gaspereau Vineyards Tidal Bay (Tidal Bay category) and their 2013 Gaspereau Vineyards Muscat (white hybrid, single varietal category).

Not even a week after the Atlantic Wine Awards were complete Nova Scotia wineries were offered the opportunity to select three wines to participate in a tasting held at Government House. The wines were tasted blind — which means the independent panel of experts (me included) did not know who made the wine. The panel was also only afforded some general information about each line such as “sparkling wine” or “white hybrid blend” as a precaution to ensure the knowledgeable tasters couldn’t surmise the producer or product in their glass, which can sometimes lead to bias. Like the Atlantic Wine Awards, it became instantly clear through the tasting process that Nova Scotia traditional method sparkling wine is something very special and in the right vintage Riesling has the potential to create highly focused and energetic wines of serious complexity and interest. Only three wines (2010 Blomidon Estate Winery Cuvée L’Acadie (sparkling), 2012 Avondale Sky Winery Martock Select Late Harvest Vidal and the 2013 Domaine de Grand Pré Riesling) were awarded with the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence, a testimony to the superior quality of each. Each showed a remarkable depth and complexity with Blomidon’s sparking effort showcasing a Champagne-like richness, just the right amount of interesting aged character and a level of finesse well beyond its $30 price tag (available currently at the winery and at the winery’s booth at select farmers’ markets around the province). Avondale Sky’s deftly balanced Martock dessert wine, reminded us that Nova Scotia’s cool climate is perfect for creating dessert wines with great balance while the Domaine de Grand Pré Riesling was so superlatively focused that it was impossible not to be impressed. The Domaine de Grand Pré was so good that it was the only wine to receive top honors at both competitions.

To see the full list of winners from the 6th Annual Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards visit:

Mark’s wine picks from the recent competitions:

1. 2010 Blomidon Estate Winery Cuvée L’Acadie sparkling wine ($30, available at the winery)

2. 2013 Domaine de Grand Pré Riesling ($20, available at the winery)

3. 2013 Gaspereau Tidal Bay ($21.99, available at the (NSLC, winery & Bishop’s Cellar)

4. 2013 Luckett Vineyards Phone Box White ($20, available at the winery & Bishop’s Cellar)

5. 2012 Avondale Sky Vineyards Martock Late Harvest Vidal ($25, available at the winery)