At Planters Ridge, we believe in the concept of vineyard enology, which at its core, is the belief that wine is made in the vineyard. We have selected varietals with a natural affinity to the unique terroir of the Annapolis Valley that allow us to create uncompromising wines with a true sense of place.
Our vineyard is planted on the sandy-clay slopes of a ridge overlooking the Union Dyke and the Wellington Dyke, with views of the Minas Basin at high tide. The rich pastoral setting that embodies our unique microclimate, is bordered in the north by the basalt and granite of the North Mountain that rises from the shores of the Bay of Fundy. To the south, we are sheltered from the cooler air of the Atlantic Ocean by the South Mountain and Wolfville Ridge. For detailed information on the varietals we grow, see the list to your right.
Our secondary vineyard Basalt Ridge Vineyard is named in honour of the geological history of how North Mountain; a major feature of the Annapolis Valley; influences our ability to grow premium quality wine grapes in Nova Scotia. The location is on a south facing slope located in Centreville, Nova Scotia.
The whole vineyard is south facing and has a steepness that intensifies both heat accumulation and rapid air flow to help with possible frost and cold damage to the vines. Furthermore as the site is tucked just below the wall like top edge of the mountain side Basalt Ridge is shielded from the worst of the northern winds that travel over the Bay of Fundy and spill into the valley at times.
Wines produced from Basalt Ridge carry with them an intensity that can be perceived both in hybrid and vinifera examples and while impressive on their own add much to some of our blended wines. The varietals on this site are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Frontenac Blanc, Dornfelder, Baco Noir, Viognier, Seyval Blanc, Riesling, Muscat Ottonel and Planted spring of 2018 Cabernet Franc.