Thirsty Thursdays TourWINE TOUR

This is a fun day tour that encompasses all local libations from award-winning wine, hand-crafted beer, flavorful spirits and liqueurs as well as delicious cider. You’ll visit Gaspereau Vineyards, Wayfarers’ Ales on the Wharf, Barreling Tide Distillery, and Annapolis Cider Company – all while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Annapolis Valley. Tour includes lunch at a pub overlooking the Cornwallis River.

Your tour begins at charming Gaspereau Vineyards located in the heart of the Gaspereau Valley. This winery enjoys one of the warmest micro-climates in the area and has an outstanding variety of wines from whites, reds, roses and dessert wines! Enjoy a guided private vineyard tour and a wine tasting on the sunny patio overlooking the vines!

Next, you’ll visit Wayfarers’ Ales on the Wharf – the newest micro-brewery in the area started by a co-operative of local craft brewers. Sip on a variety of samples as you learn about the brewing process on a tour of the facility.  Then it’s a short walk next door to the Port Pub for our lunch. Enjoy a pint of Sea Level ales that are made on-site or a glass of local wine (alcoholic beverages at own expense) while you partake in a hearty lunch. Take in the expansive views of the Acadian dykelands and watch the tides rise and fall in the Cornwallis River.

Afterwards, visit newly opened Barreling Tide Distillery for a tour of the facility to discuss how they make their small-batch spirits followed by a tasting of vodka, gin and fruit liqueurs! Find out how to pair these products with food and get great recipes for a tasty cocktail!

Finally, you’ll stop in at Annapolis Cider Company located in the heart of Wolfville for a guided tour and tasting of 3 different ciders made from local apples. Try their Sweet and Juicy and Crisp and Dry ciders as well as the ever changing “Something Different” that is sure to tempt your taste buds!

Pack your purchases in your complimentary tote bag!


Tour departs Thursdays from May 1 – October 5 from any downtown Halifax hotel

This tour is limited to just 8 people per departure so book early to avoid disappointment!


Price – $120/person plus HST

Tour duration – 1000am – 430pm

Departures from Bedford, Dartmouth and Sackville are available on request.


Price – $110/person plus HST

Tour duration – 1100am – 330pm


Fabulous 5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We took the Local Libations tour, which consisted of 4 stops. The first stop was the Gaspereau winery, then off to a pub for lunch and where we had the Sea Level Brewery flight. Our next stop was the Barreling Tide distillery and the final stop was Annapolis Cider. Each stop was very informative with the distillery and cider establishments our favorites. Russ at Barreling Tide was hands-on and answered all of our questions, as did Emily at Annapolis Cider. We had the owner of Uncork Nova Scotia, Laila, as our tour guide. She was fantastic. We would definitely book another tour with her.