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Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards

Nova Scotia, Canada

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards




Nova Scotia

sub Region

Annapolis Valley


Cool Maritime


Josh Horton

Farming Practices

Organic, Biodynamic



The Lightfoot name goes back eight generations in Wolfville. Originating in northern England, it referred to the swift-footedness of our forebears who traditionally worked as messengers. Lightfoot and Wolfville was established by Mike Lightfoot just outside of Wolfville in the Annapolis Valley in 2009 overlooking the Minas Basin at the Eastern end of the Bay of Fundy.

The History

Though the main site has been in Mike's family for generations, both LFWV's vineyard sites were chosen for their proximity to the basin and for their rare Wolfville Formation Soil that makes up a mere 3 percent of Nova Scotia's soil spectrum. The upper root horizon consists of glacial till with coarse sandy loam, while the deep root horizon’s clay content provides ideal moisture retention. Between the home farm and another site in nearby Avonport, LFWV has 35 acres of vines and the largest selection of European vinifera in Atlantic Canada in addition to a robust selection of hybrid varietals - the selection of which was made with close attention to the orientation, soil make up and details of each site.

The Philosophy

Lightfoot & Wolfville is certified organic and farm according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture. Their wines include classic Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Rieslings and other German-styled white wines, as well as traditional method prestige cuvée sparkling wines. 

Likewise, their winemaking is about a return from modern, large-scale methods to classic, hands-on viticulture and oenology: 100 percent hand-harvesting, traditional basket press production, indigenous wild yeast fermentations, and fine French oak barriques for aging.


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