Although Benjamin Bridge has always held sustainability as a core value, it would be inaccurate to suggest that we always possessed the perspective that we now have on our settler’s past. Twenty years ago, our understanding of the land where the vineyard was planted was almost exclusively focused on the sensory profile of our wines, and how these wines measured against European standards such as Champagne in the case of sparkling.
However, one day, a friendship came into our lives and changed everything. Ni’tap is the term Mi’kmaq use to describe this type of relationship. Through this allyship, we learned how little we actually knew about this land called Mi’kma’ki. In our early exchanges with Glooscap First Nation, our newfound curiosity and sudden interest for knowledge were met in a way that was difficult to comprehend: we, the land-owning settlers and alcoholic beverage producers were received with open arms and open hearts.