The Nova Scotian wine industry and its relationship with climate change
LE3 .A278 2019
Bachelor of Arts
History & Classics
History and viticulture are inextricably intertwined. The reputation of a winery extends beyond the quality of its wine; it is the historical narrative, production methods, personal touch, and influences from the natural environment which justify the price and value underpinning wines. The modern Nova Scotian winery principals face the issue of having a fragmented historical narrative and must decide the nature of the wine industry. Historically, winemaking began during the seventeenth century in Nova Scotia, under French governor Isaac de Razilly, but due to a series of factors, when the British assumed control over Nova Scotia winemaking largely ended. Thus, the change of imperial ownership created a gap in the history of Nova Scotian wine and this needs to be accommodated in the creation of history by modern wineries. Those wineries are part of a new wave of wineries in Nova Scotia, and their appearance and growth were due partly to the increasingly beneficial (for wine-growing) effects of climate change. Winemaking in Nova Scotia currently plays an essential economic role in the agricultural development of the province; the challenges pointed out by the Ivany Report can be addressed in part by a sustainable wine industry in the province. An investigation of the significance of climate change throughout the different periods of Nova Scotia’s wine industry, and of the importance of human agency, can help to determine the industry’s future sustainability and competitiveness
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