Peggy and I have been operating Bear River Winery since 2004. I am the winemaker and vineyard builder and Peggy manages the sales and shop. Together we work in the vineyard, garden and winecellars.
Peggy was an art instructor at U Mass., and technical drafting and interior designer for several architectural firms in the USA. I was an antique dealer here in Nova Scotia for 42 years. I finished a second degree at Acadia University in Wolfville Nova Scotia when I was 50.
Our winery development is a satisfaction for us both. It was a gentle learning curve.. 22 years of not rushing it. We focussed on the vineyard for the first decade and opened the winery in 2004 when we had proved that we could grow the familiar European grapes that most people recognize: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and this year... Merlot.
After 22 years operating a growing winery business, the seasons, vineyard and winery develop a rythm that visitors enjoy as well. We both come from a scottish heritage of homecooking, self reliance and hospitality. We created our environment and our business with an eye to the conservation of natural and environmental resources and responsible winegrowing.
Chris or Peggy Hawes, owners, winemakers and hosts. purchased this chateau / country house in 1988
Our vineyard is a famous historical vineyard site with vines first planted here in 1611. The sunshine and the steep south slope are typical of the best vineyards around the world.
Great hospitality and tours every day.
Solar powered winery with a guestroom.
Explore the cellars and vineyards.
Walk the path along the tidal river at the foot of the vineyard.
Outdoor barbecue and table.
Microwave and fridge.
Complimentary bottle of wine.