Vineyard Spotlight: Domaine de Grand Pré
11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré
Now family owned and operated, Domaine de Grand Pré winery is the oldest farm winery in Atlantic Canada. In the 1970s, the property was owned and operated by Roger Dial as the Grand Pré Winery. In 1994, Swiss-born Hanspeter Stutz established the business, Domaine de Grand Pré, on the site and started his family’s journey towards making their mark on the Nova Scotia wine industry. Along with his family, Hanspeter re-opened the doors of the renovated winery in 2000.
Since then, the family has been working together to create a world-class vineyard and culinary experience for visitors. For those arriving in Grand Pré via the highway exit, the vineyards of Domaine de Grand Pré are the first glimpse of what this wine country has to offer.
Today, Hanspeter’s family is still very much at the centre of the business. His son Jürg is a Swiss-trained winemaker, and Jürg’s wife Cäcilia manages the guest experience in the wine shop. Hanspeter’s daughter Beatrice manages the on-site restaurant, Le Caveau, where her husband Chef Jason Lynch crafts locally-sourced ingredients into culinary masterpieces. Hanspeter’s partner, Anna, manages the grounds outside, creating stunning gardens around the restaurant, winery, and tasting room.
For information about the vineyard, their wines, and hours of operation, visit: grandprewines.com