The word terroir has long been a focal point in the wine world, by definition referring to the geography, soils, and climate of a site which imbues the wines with a sense of place. As current day stewards of our 120-acre parcel of the Gaspereau Valley, each year we dive deeper into our growing site’s unique characteristics, but we are aware of the vast gap in our understanding of the roots of this land, this piece of Mi’kmaki.
On Saturday, October 27th, 2018 we had the privilege of hosting a multi-faceted gastronomic experience in our vineyard in partnership with Glooscap First Nation. Weaving throughout the south-facing slopes, we explored the natural history of the land in conjunction with Mi’kmaq culture with the help of compelling speakers: Dr. Heather MacLeod-Leslie, Trevor Gould, Garrett Gloade, and Cheyenne Isaac-Gloade. At each station, guests were treated to small-plate creations of moose, rabbit, mushrooms and salmon, from visiting chefs, Chef Kari Rose Lameman, Chef Blair Lebsack, and filmmaker Kevin Kossowan. Each station was paired with a Benjamin Bridge wine and unfermented grape must or tea.
Learning more about Mi’kmaq history, culture, and food traditions has added a far richer dimension to our concept of terroir; the event forever changed how we will tell our story. This collaboration was truly an honour for us and we thank Chief Peters and Glooscap First Nation for the opportunity.
We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Zabrina Whitman and Chef Jason Lynch of Devour! The Food Film Fest, who were instrumental in making this event a success.