November 15, 2011 – By Bruce Erskine, Business Reporter, The Chronicle Herald
Bruce Ewert is toasting Lonely Planet.
Owner Bruce Ewart checks for sediment in a bottle of sparkling wine at L’Acadie Vineyards in Wolfville. (PETER PARSONS / Staff / File)
The owner of L’Acadie Vineyards, outside Wolfville, is tickled that the influential travel magazine owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp., has cited Nova Scotia’s organic wines in including the Maritime provinces in its 2012 Best in Travel Guide.
“For the Maritimes to be on that list is exceptional, and for Nova Scotia it’s good recognition,” Ewert said Tuesday in an interview from his Gaspereau Valley winery.
Other prime travel destinations on Lonely Planet’s top 10 list for 2012 include: coastal Wales; La Ruta Maya, Central America; northern Kenya; Arunachal Pradesh, India; Hvar, Croatia: Sicily; Borneo; Queenstown and Southern Lakes, New Zealand; and Poitou-Charentes, France.
The Maritimes was singled out for adding gastronomic twists to its traditional rustic, briny vibe, including the development of organic vineyards in Nova Scotia.
L’Acadie Vineyards, which specializes in making traditional-method sparkling wines, has been certified organic since its inception in 2005.
Ewert, a British Columbia native, said L’Acadie is the only certified organic winery in the province.
The winery has its own organic vineyard and Ewert said three other Nova Scotia growers supply it with chemical- and pesticide-free organic grapes.
The records and practices of certified organic vineyards and wineries are inspected by a third-party-accredited organic organization to ensure compliance with the Canadian Organic Standards.
Certified organic wines display the Canadian Organic logo, a rising maple leaf image that is controlled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Ewert said certified organic wines are a growing trend he expects other Nova Scotia wineries will follow, but he thought the Lonely Planet exposure would benefit the provincial wine industry in general.
“Because of the far-reaching aspect of the magazine, it’s really good for Nova Scotia and for our industry,” he said.
The Lonely Planet endorsement could bring more gastro-tourists to Nova Scotia, said Christine White of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia.
“It speaks volumes for where we’re going as an industry and hopefully will increase visitations,” White said in an interview.
“It means a lot. We’re very proud.”
Source: The Chronicle Herald