Open air, clean space, surrounded by nature —

Updated: July 20 2021 at 9:00 AM

When you visit our winery as a guest to purchase a bottle of wine, we want you to have confidence that Benjamin Bridge places the safety of its community as its highest priority during these challenging times. In the spirit of total transparency, we have laid out below some of the measures we started in early March to ensure our team stays safe and healthy. Every operation is undertaken with the utmost caution and planning during this uncertain time, and always with the most vulnerable in mind.
We wish for every guest's experience at our newly renovated winery to be safe, enjoyable, and relaxed. Our winery building and surrounding area is wheelchair accessible and well-signed. 

What the Benjamin Bridge team has been doing to keep its community safe —

  • We closed our winery to the public on March 13th, 2020, conducting only essential business as a minimal team, and began our reopening in stages in early June to allow our hospitality team to proof and adapt our daily safety procedures.

  • We immediately adapted our health and safety practices to include the most stringent cleaning and sanitization practices, with one designated person each shift to sanitize every surface ensuring there were no gaps in our cleaning procedures.

  • Minimal teams of 5 people or less were scheduled to work in person at our warehouse and winery to carry out essential business with physical distancing, staggered shifts, and top priority given to sanitization over efficiency. All other team members began work-from-home programs or moved to vineyard jobs to minimize our exposure.

  • We created and continue contactless delivery and pick-up options for our customers, with the same stringent procedures from our warehouse to delivery.

  • Our dedicated and passionate BB team committed to strict physical distancing and the same sanitization measures in their personal lives to ensure the health and safety of themselves, our customers, and our workplace.

  • We have invested heavily in personal protective equipment such as cloth masks, disposable surgical masks, disposable nitrile gloves, full plastic face shields, hospital grade sanitizer to replace our eco cleaners, locally-produced non-petroleum based alcohol hand sanitizer, custom hand sanitizing stations, outdoor hand-washing stations, and more. These are all employed where appropriate to protect our team, our community, and our customers.

  • Each of our team members at both our Gaspereau winery location and Berwick production facility are tested weekly for COVID-19 through an on-site rapid testing system.

Details on the current services offered at Benjamin Bridge —

  • Our winery is open 7 days a week, except on Dec 24, 25, 26 and Jan 1.

  • We monitor physical distancing and mask use, hand washing and sanitizing, acrylic shields at the checkout, and ultra-high-frequency sanitization of surfaces and spaces.

  • Greeter station - A warm and welcoming team member will greet you before entering our property to do a COVID questionnaire and gather information to support any traceability efforts that may be needed.

  • Our wine shop – You can safely visit the winery to purchase bottles and cans of wine, glasses, apparel, and other merchandise. Our knowledgeable team members love the opportunity to engage on our wines and support you in your selection. 

  • Our tastings – We offer a range of guided tasting experiences, ranging from introductory to a full afternoon with our head winemaker. These experiences can be booked over the phone, or on our website. We have special safety procedures for this part of our program and limit the number of guests, always adapting to the NSHA requirements and recommendations

  • Our open-air terrace – In season on fair weather days, you can enjoy our wines and sparklings by-the-glass. Physical distancing and sanitization after each guest departs is strictly followed, so we have reduced to 50% occupancy to accommodate. Service times may be slower to allow for the appropriate procedures to be followed, but in anticipation we have hired extra team members this season. 

In the spirit of working together, we ask our cherished guests to follow these guidelines

  • As per NSHA requirements, we require our guests to wear a mask at all times while visiting, except when eating or drinking.  Our team members will always be masked. While we encourage our guests to bring their own masks, we will provide a complimentary disposable non-medical mask upon arrival if needed.

  • We ask that guests provide one name and phone number from each group visiting the winery to be used for contact tracing purposes, if ever necessary. 

  • We ask that you stick to your cohort, and follow our signed procedures when entering, exiting, using the washrooms, and strolling in the vineyard.

  • We ask that you do not visit from any area that is under a travel advisory. If you are arriving from an area that is under a current travel advisory, we will require that you visit us at another time.