Province, industry stakeholders creating wine development board

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The provincial government and industry stakeholders are creating a wine development board.

The provincial government and stakeholders are creating a new wine development board to capitalize on one of Nova Scotia’s fastest growing industries.

The Nova Scotia Wine Development Board will highlight opportunities, identify barriers and provide advice on legislation, regulation and policy development.

Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell will lead the board, which will also include representatives of the province’s farm wineries, grape growers and support services.

Members are Winery Association of Nova Scotia president and Avondale Sky Winery owner Stewart Creaser; Devonian Coast Wines owner Carl Sparkes; Benjamin Bridge Winery owner Gerry McConnell; Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia president and grape grower Gerry Chute; Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia past president and grape grower Jim Warner; grape grower Michael Lightfoot; Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association Atlantic Canada vice president Luc Erjavec and Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation president and chief executive officer Bret Mitchell.

The board will include representatives from the departments of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism and Agriculture and the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency.

Last year, there was nearly $16.7 million worth of Nova Scotia wine sold and the farm-gate value of the grapes was more than $2 million.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Wine Development Board, Foodservices Association, Atlantic Canada Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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