MALAGASH - Jost Vineyards is once again being recognized for excellence.
Andrew Shelswell, distiller at the Malagash-based winery, was presented with a gold medal and two silver medals at the Taster’s Guild International Spirits Competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The award winning spirits are Jost Yellow Plum Eau de Vie, gold; and Jost Red Plum Eau de Vie and Jost Muscat Grappa, silver.
“These spirits were distilled in 2008 and we knew then that we had some great products,” said Shelswell.
“Everything is Nova Scotia grown with the yellow and red plums coming from the farm of David Bowlby, Aylesford, in the Annapolis Valley and the Grappa was made from the skins of our Eagle Tree Muscat grapes.”
While this was the first gold medal win for the distillery, winery owner Hans Christian Jost believes there is room for a number of Nova Scotia distilleries that can promote Nova Scotia grown spirits in the same way as Nova Scotia wines are often promoted together through the Winery Association of Nova Scotia.