Welcome to U-VintNs.ca!
** BREAKING NEWS: Province to Develop Regulations for U-vints and U-brews**
Thanks to public support and the boundless efforts of many individuals as well as business owners, along with the recent media attention to this important topic, we are happy to announce that U-Vint services will now be available in Nova Scotia. We sincerely thank you for getting involved and helping to make this happen.
BACKGROUND: What is U-Vint?
U-Vint, or ferment-on-premise as it is also known, is a business model where the customer makes wine, for their own personal consumption, in a retail environment rather than in their home.
Studies have found that consumers who use ferment-on-premise services in other provinces where such services are legal include the elderly, who cannot lift heavy product, apartment dwellers with space restrictions, and those with time restrictions due to business travel, etc..
Why Launch a Website?
This website was developed to allow the citizens of Nova Scotia to voice an informed opinion regarding U-Vint operations in Nova Scotia. Much of the information we have collected over the years, including a feasibility study and a Nova Scotia court ruling, can be viewed by clicking on the various tabs provided.
Currently you can visit a U-Vint in five of the 10 provinces in Canada. Most notably, our neighbouring provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island provide these services to their citizens. To date, even after years of lobbying, the government of Nova Scotia does not think that there is a demand for this service. We strongly feel that they are mistaken. Our fellow New Brunswick owner/operators tell us they have many Nova Scotia residents who regularly use their do-it-yourself services. We anticipate the same trend in PEI.
If you wish to support our ongoing effort to introduce ferment-on-premise to Nova Scotia, you can do so by letting the government know that you want change. To do this, you have the option of sending a letter to the Premier simply by clicking your mouse.
There are several key reasons why we would like to have in-store winery services introduced in Nova Scotia. The most important reason is that without in-store winery services in Nova Scotia, we as business owners and you, as consumers are at a disadvantage. With New Brunswick and now PEI offering in-store winery services, our provincial government is not allowing for a level playing field in the consumer-made wine industry.
There are several other reasons to have in-store winery services introduced in Nova Scotia. Many of these reasons are economic spin-offs. Despite the opinion of the nay-sayers, there would be no losers if the Nova Scotia government were to permit in-store winery services. Store owners would hire more employees, rent more space, collect and pay more taxes. More consumers will be introduced to winemaking and the joys and health benefits of drinking wine responsibly. Local and regional wineries and licensed establishments would also reap long term benefits from a more knowledgeable and expanded wine consumer base. Along with improving the industry’s visibility in the community, new recognition would strengthen the business model of the industry, attracting new investors with new and fresh ideas. Legislation would create a win-win for stakeholders & consumers alike.
The Battle So Far (See ‘News’ Above for the Latest)
In 2006, the Wine Kitz store in Halifax started offering ferment-on-premise services to their customers. Most of these customers were already Wine Kitz clients that for a variety of reasons chose to make their wine on site rather than at home. The Government responded by initiating a police investigation resulting in the operator being charged with three violations of the Nova Scotia Liquor Control Act. After a lengthy trial and almost ten thousand dollars in legal bills we are no further ahead. Click on the link to read the Judge’s decision.
In 2001, the Canadian Home Wine Trade Association commissioned a study of our industry and the benefits of allowing ferment-on-premise in Nova Scotia. Please click on the link here for details: feasibility study
How We Do Business
Ferment-on-premise operators adhere to a code of conduct. The code assures a quality product, a safe work environment for both customers and employees, and the lawful conveyance of the finished product. Feel free to review the Code of Conduct by clicking here or on the menu bar.
Thank you once again for your support. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.