WOLFVILLE, N.S. — The Atlantic Wine Institute has been launched to support the Canadian region’s wine industry in the transition from grape growth to wine production as well as in the functional areas of business.
Hans Christian Jost of Jost Vineyards Ltd., in Malagash, Cumberland County, welcomed the news. “It’s all positive. It will create efficiencies. It will make research more of a cohesive package,” he said.
The Institute will be part of the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., and will be led by Donna Sears, a faculty member from Acadia’s F.C. Manning School of Business Administration. Sears will build on her work with Atlantic Canada’s wine industry.
The Atlantic Wine Institute will be a multi-institutional initiative involving the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Community College, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Saint Mary’s University, Holland College, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and Acadia University.