Our Wines

Our wines are crafted with only the best fruit from Atlantic Canada using traditional techniques and a dedication to exceptional quality. With every glass of Happy Knight wine, you can taste the fruit of our success.

  • Black Mead

    Our black mead is made with 100% natural New Brunswick honey and infused with organic black currants. This lovely, exotic mead boasts a warm honey nose with ripe strawberries, cranberries and wild floral notes. The medium-dry, light body has intense flavours of juicy black currants and subtle honey undertones. Clean and linear on the palate.

    Pairing:  A versatile mead that will pair well with BBQ’d pork loin, spicy stir-fy, white meats, roast nuts or biscotti. also mixes as a great spritzer or even a mead and whiskey sour. Technical:
    Naturally gluten free
    Alcohol: 12%

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  • Black Currant

    Our black currant wine is made with 100% Maritime-grown organic black currants. Well-balanced and aromatic with rich black fruit and subtle notes of apple and sour cherry. The mouthwatering palate is off-dry with crisp essence of black currant and black cherry, boasting a medium body and a lingering finish.wine with a lingering finish, that leaves you wanting more.

    Pairing:  A versatile wine that will pair well with curries, smoked salmon, red meats or even a light dessert. Also mixes as a great sangria or add sparkling wine to create a Kir Royale. Technical:
    Naturally gluten free
    Alcohol: 13%

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  • Cranberry

    Our cranberry wine is made with Maritime-grown cranberries, is fruit-forward with aromas of cranberry, apple and orange marmalade. Medium sweet, this wine is a perfect balance of sweet cranberry and tart apple leaving your palate clean and refreshed.

    Pairing:  A versatile wine that makes a great companion to turkey, BBQ’d chicken or goat cheese. Also mixes as a great cranberry mojito, sangria or even in martinis for an added twist Technical:
    Naturally gluten free
    Alcohol: 12%

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  • Apple

    Our apple wine is made with a signature blend of 5 apples from the famed Annapolis valley in Nova Scotia. Clean on the nose, with pure and driving apple aromas and flavour. Off-dry on the palate, with a crisp, well-balanced, thirst-quenching finish.

    Pairing:  A versatile wine that will pair well with salads, grilled chicken and cream-based pastas. Also mixes as a great hard-apple sangria or even a Brandy-Apple punch. Technical:
    Naturally gluten free
    Alcohol: 12.5%

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  • Crème de Cassis

    Pure and intense aromas of cassis. The medium-sweet palate with lively concentrated black currant flavours showcases the 100% Maritime grown organic black currants beautifully. This Cassis is rich and smooth with a long, clean finish.

    Pairing:  A versatile liqueur that is great for sipping on its own. Mixes as a great Kir, Kir Royale, Mimosa or Apple Sunrise cocktail and even goes well over French vanilla ice cream or served as frappe. Technical:
    Alcohol: 17%

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Our Story

Happy Knight Wines was established in early 2011 by Matt and Angela Guptill. The winery acreage is located on the warm, sunny slopes at the head of Belleisle Bay in Hatfield Point, NB. The land was originally settled in 1784 and, eight generations later, remains as the only piece of ‘Loyalist-granted’ land in the area still held by the original family. The Guptill family is excited to be part of this heritage and is proud to carry on this agricultural tradition.

The Happy Knight Brand

Co-Founders / Owners: Matt & Angela Guptill

Matthew & Angela were both born in New Brunswick and come from a deep-rooted agricultural heritage. They got their start in fruit winemaking in 2007 and quickly realized their passion.

Teaming-up with renowned fruit winemaker Dominic Rivard in early 2010, Happy Knight Wines was born. It began with three unique fruit wines, which were successfully launched through the New Brunswick Liquor Board (ANBL) in September 2011.

In 2012 they won their first Canadian wine award and their Black Currant wine was also voted one of the Top 10 Atlantic Wines of the year by Canadian Wine Access Magazine. Since then they have won over 30 International and Canadian wine awards.

“We couldn’t be happier!!”

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Wine Maker: Dominic Rivard

Happy Knight Wines’ Dominic Rivard is a seasoned winemaker with over 16 years of experience in fruit wine production.

Dominic was born in the province of Quebec and comes from a rich heritage of farmers and entrepreneurs whose ancestry can be traced to the cider making regions of North Western France.

He specializes in fruit wine, dessert wine and ice wine production and is known in wine industry circles as an authority in fruit wine making. Dominic studied wine-making and oenology through UC Davis in California and undertook and passed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma in London, UK.

He is a founding director of the Fruit Wines of Canada Association, which is involved in promoting fruit wines and the industry throughout Canada and the world. Dominic has won hundreds of awards in national and international wine competitions. Including the best desert wine in Canada and various best of show awards in fruit wine and desert wine categories.

Over the last decade, Dominic has been running numerous wine production and exportation projects for wineries in Canada, USA, Italy, Spain, Chile, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and China.

He is a speaker on winemaking and wine marketing at various symposiums throughout the world and is an acclaimed wine judge for various professional wine competitions.

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Awards

Black Currant Wine

  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2016
    – Silver Medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016
    - Silver Medal
  • Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards 2015
    - Bronze Medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2015
    - Bronze Medal
  • Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards 2013
    - Gold Medal
  • Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards 2013
    - Fruit Wine of the Year
  • All Canadian Wine Championship 2013
    - Bronze Medal
  • Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards 2012
    - Bronze Medal
  • Wine Access Magazine 2012
    - Top 10 Atlantic Wines

Apple

  • All Canadian Wine Championships 2016
    – Gold Medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016
    - Silver Medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2015
    - Bronze Medal
  • Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards 2014
    - Bronze Medal

Cranberry

  • All Canadian Wine Championships 2016
    – Silver Medal
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2016
    – Silver Medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016
    - Silver Medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2015
    - Bronze Medal

Creme de Cassis

  • All Canadian Wine Championships 2016
    – Gold Medal
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2016
    – Platinum Medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016
    - Silver Medal
  • Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards 2015
    - Fruit Wine of the Year
  • Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards 2015
    - Silver medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2015
    - Gold Medal
  • All Canadian Wine Championship 2014
    - Gold Medal
  • Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2014
    - Gold Medal
  • Wine Align World Wine Awards of Canada 2014
    - Judge's Choice
  • Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2013
    - Gold Medal
  • Wine Align World Wine Awards of Canada 2013
    - Judge's Choice
  • All Canadian Wine Championship 2013
    - Silver Medal
  • Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards 2013
    - Silver Medal

Black Mead

  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2016
    – Silver Medal
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2016 (Michael Godel)
    – Top 40 Wines
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016
    - Bronze Medal
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2015
    - Silver Medal
  • Wine Align World Wine Awards of Canada 2014
    - Judge's Choice

We enjoyed the apple... absolutely loved it!!!

-Leah U.

So I got into a little something I like to call ‘Happy Knight’ the past two nights. LOVE!!!

-Shelley S.

For lovers of all things local - delicious NB wine from the Kingston Peninsula!

-Susan H.

Happy Knight Apple... two thumbs up!!!

-Ken G.

We both enjoyed the cranberry... AWESOME!!

-Frank M.

I bought two bottles of your wine yesterday! Drank all the apple it was yummy! Going to try the black currant next weekend! Great job!!

-Nicole S.

I finally tried the Black Currant and absolutely loved it!! It was so yummy and when I opened the bottle it even smelled yummy!

-Colleen S.

If you haven't tried this wine you need to Now it's awesome

-Lisa D.

Liked and shared ..wish there was a love button

-Melanie H.

I'm allergic to grapes so I don't have a lot of selection of wine to choose from! Happy Knight is always my go-to!

-M.B.

This is my absolute FAVOURITE!!!

-Hilary R.

Wow....the honey is so present. It's delightfully different

-Betty S.