Benjamin Bridge Vineyards received funding Dec. 13 to acquire new equipment to fulfill the rapidly-growing export demand for their wines.
Federal support was announced by Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is investing $222,500 in the Gaspereau winery to support the addition of modernized equipment, including larger tanks and an automated bottling line, to increase the vineyards capacity and efficiency.
“As we approach the holiday season of celebration, our Government is pleased to announce an investment in growing the exports of sparkling and fine wines produced here in Nova Scotia. Benjamin Bridge is yet another example of a homegrown business driving our nation’s economy with quality products worthy of toasting around the world," MacKay said.
• In little than a decade, Benjamin Bridge has built a national and international reputation as a boutique producer of high-quality, limited edition wines sought after by wine connoisseurs from around the world.
• Benjamin Bridge has distinguished itself as one of Canada's top producers of sparkling wine and built a national following for its critically-acclaimed Nova 7, which has helped raise the profile of Nova Scotia's wine industry within Canada and abroad.
• A recent economic impact study commissioned by the Canadian Vintners Association and the winery associations of Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario found that the wine industry contributes $196 million annually to the Nova Scotia economy.