Jost Vineyards

Nestled in the gentle hills and sheltered coastal inlets of the Northumberland shores, our winery is Nova Scotia’s largest. A pioneer of the Nova Scotia wine industry, Jost Vineyards produces distinctive wines and styles, which have won hundreds of national and international awards.

Jost creates wines for all occasions and every palate—from the connoisseur to the newest wine taster. We take pride in showing the world that Nova Scotia adds a fresh new dimension to the world of wine. We love our place in the world and find joy in crafting our products—you will enjoy them too.



Our History

The longest operating winery in Nova Scotia and a leader in regional viniculture innovation, Jost Vineyards descends from 400 years of winemaking tradition.

The Jost family planted our first vines in 1978 on the Malagash Peninsula, jutting into the warm Northumberland Strait. Warmed by the slope of the land, and sharing the same latitude as the renowned grape-growing regions of France, Germany and Italy, the vineyard flourished and the winery was officially licensed in 1983. The winery store was opened in 1986 and quickly became a hub for community events and activities.

In 2012, Carl and Donna Sparkes became the proud new owners of Jost Vineyards.
It is a new beginning for the winery, and with this comes changes in winemaking, viticulture and staff. There is a commitment to more education, scientific analysis of soil types, and new plantings.

The now more than 100 acres including buildings and headlands. The winery, which was fully redesigned and renovated in 2013, is rustic, yet elegant. A beautiful circular tasting bar, meant to resemble a large oak barrique, is the centre piece of our cathedral-ceilinged lounge.

Floor to ceiling windows on the front side of the tasting area give an impressive view of long, green rows, sloping up sleepy hills. The room has a warm feel with aged wood. The low seating, fireplace and artisan foods make it easy-going and social. The vibe is of simple pleasures without pretension, which is exactly what one can expect of Jost’s wines, from the aromatic Selkie frizzante to our citrus and apple driven appellation wine, Tidal Bay.

Located in beautiful Malagash, Nova Scotia along the Northumberland Strait, finding your way to our vineyard from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or New Brunswick is easy.



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Jost Vineyards
48 Vintage Lane,
Malagash, Nova Scotia, Canada B0K 1E0

Phone: 902-257-2636
Toll Free: 1-800-565-4567
FAX: 902-257-2248


Tours run daily (June 15 through September 15) at Noon and 3 pm. Our $5 fee (taxes incl.) can be applied toward your wine purchases of $20 or more.

For groups of 10 or more, we ask that you please book a private tour/tasting session in advance. A minimum tour/tasting fee is applied at $5 per person (tax incl.) with the option to add a variety of tour features for additional cost.

For private tastings or general questions contact: 1-800-565-4567 or

We are pleased to offer our scenically situated Grand Tasting Room for educational seminars and events for groups who are interested in furthering their wine and viticulture knowledge. To find out more about these opportunities, please email:


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Jost Winery Store


Come and visit our newly renovated retail space at Jost Winery in Malagash, Nova Scotia. We are just minutes off the Sunrise Trail. With the rising popularity of local wine and food comes the emergence of our Devonian tasting room. Newly renovated space allow guests to try a variety of wine in smaller sample sizes, giving them the opportunity to experience new and exciting local wine and find the perfect wine. Enjoy browsing our wine merchandise and Jost clothing, sit by our cozy indoor/outdoor fireplace, grab a picnic basket and hike into the vines or linger with a glass and charcuterie on the patio.  For a different pace, rent one of our trail bikes and take your picnic with you as you cruise the rolling trails or the shoreline road. Rejuvenate as you feel the warmth of the sun and the gentle sea breeze at your back.

Sit, sip and savour at the oldest winery in Nova Scotia and enjoy the best of what the North Shore of Nova Scotia has to offer!


Tasting Room


We invite you to try a complimentary sampling of three of our award winning wines that we feature.

Specialty Wines - Tawny, Maple, Icewine - $2.00  - $4.95 - Flight of 3 (1 oz each)

Staff Pick Flight of the Month - $4.95

By the Glass


By the Bottle

Retail cost of wine

Corkage Fee


Bike Rentals


$10 per hour or $35 for 1/2 Day  (Helmet included)

Download vineyard trails map (pdf).

Hours of Operation

The Jost Winery Store is open seasonally 7 days a week, starting March 1st.

March 1st to June 14th: 10am - 5pm

June 15th to September 15th: 10am – 6pm (Tours: noon & 3pm)

September 16th to December 23rd: 10am – 5pm

December 24th: 10am - 4pm

To arrange a wine order for pickup, please contact Teresa at

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