Drink up the Fall Wine Festival

Pop the cork on this boozy to-do list

Winemakers Dinner and Auction
Wine is at the heart of this event but a performance from Symphony Nova Scotia and a four-course meal are the added bonuses. A silent and live auction are also part of the fun, with proceeds supporting SNS.
Thu Sep 24, Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, $180

Port of Wines Festival
Taste the rainbow (of wines). Over 350 bottles to sample from, with focus on Italy, France, Australia and the US. Click here for more.
Fri, Sep 25 and Sat, Sep 26, Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, 1-4pm and 7-10pm, $50-65, mynslc.com

Nova Scotia Wine Education Session
The name of this session is Sweet Sensations because you'll dig into the world of dessert wines, like ice wine and fortified wine, and discuss how to correctly and effectively pair them with sweets.
Thu Oct 1, Gaspereau Vineyards, 2239 White Rock Road, Gaspereau, 7-10pm, $45, RSVP to info@gaspereauwine.com

Pretty in Pink Dinner
Avondale's new resto, D'Vine Morsels, hosts a trail walk and four-course meal, with proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Atlantic division.
Sat Oct 3, Avondale Sky Winery, 80 Avondale Cross Road, 5-8pm, tickets at 902-253-2047

Harvest Fest
It's the most wonderful time of the year in the Annapolis Valley, and this event is about sitting back and taking it all in. Literally. Enjoy local wines and craft beers, plus locally grown food that's perfectly paired with them. There'll also be live tunes from the Mark Riley Project.
Sat Oct 3, Wolfville Market, 24 Elm Avenue, Wolfville, 7-11pm, $32, winesofnovascotia.ca

Wines of Nova Scotia Dinner
A five course meal, each one paired with one of the province's great wines, prepared by the kitchen at Domaine de Grand Pré's restaurant, Le Caveau. From Sober Island Oysters to Market Glen Duck, with a plum butter cake to finish...local decadence awaits.
Sat Oct 3, Le Caveau Restaurant, 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré, 6:30pm, $110, 902-542-7177

Harvest Festival at Sainte-Famille Wines
A free day at the winery, with charity grape stomps (11am, 1pm and 3pm), tours, lunch, prizes and live entertainment from The Bandits.
Sat Oct 3, Sainte-Famille Wines, RR#2, Falmouth, 2-9pm

Harvest Fest at Domaine de Grande Pré
Visit the fantasy land that is the Grand Pré estate for a day of wine tastings, snacks, live entertainment and other festive treats and photo ops galore.
Sat Oct 10 and Sun, Oct 11, Domaine de Grande Pré Winery, 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré

Harvest Festival at Jost
Whether you've planted yourself fireside in the lounge, or out on the patio, harvest-inspired deli eats, wine tastings, music and sales are on tap here.
Sat Oct 17, Jost Vineyards, 48 Vintage Lane, Malagash, noon-5pm

Wine tours

The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus
Any excuse to hop on a British double-decker is a good one, but when the name of the game is wine—well, there's no question. The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus is magic not just because it gives you the opportunity to visit four of Nova Scotia's picturesque wineries—Domaine de Grand Pré, Luckett, L'Acadie and Gaspereau—but because you can hop on and hop off at your leisure.
Thu-Sun until October 18, wolfvillemagicwinerybus.ca

Grape Escapes
There's something fun happening every day with Grape Escapes. Leaving from both Halifax and Wolfville, you can check out an Afternoon Escape with cheese tastings and three winery visits (Mon, Wed and Fri), and Wine and Bistro Lunch Escape, with three wineries and a lunch (Tue and Sun), the Good Cheer Trail, which hits three wineries, two breweries and a distillery (Thu) and a Wine and Gourmet Lunch Ecape (Sat) which gets you a two-course lunch and cheese and chocolate tastings with your trio of winery visits.
More tour options, prices and times online. novascotiawinetours, 902-446-9463

Uncork Nova Scotia by Go North Tours
Tour options from Halifax and Wolfville abound at Uncork. The most popular Between the Vines tour takes you to tastings at three wineries, Fox Hill Cheese House and the Tangled Garden (Mon, Wed and Fri), Oktoberfest (October 17, 24, 31) stops at two wineries and the Port Pub and the Get Cooking in Wine Country (October 24) visits The Flying Apron for a cooking lesson and lunch, followed by two winery tastings.
Get full tour listings and prices online. winetoursns.com, 902-352-2552

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