No matter what time of the year you travel across New England, there’s a lot to see and do. From serene landscapes to the sparkling coast—and many charming towns in between—New England is filled with endless places to explore. Each state has a variety of hometown wineries that offer the best local drinks around; here are some of the best to visit.
Cellardoor Winery (Maine)
Maine is a beautiful state, and thus it deserves to be seen from the deck of a beautiful winery. With its seating area overlooking the rolling green hills of its vineyard, Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville is set inside the renovated barn of a 200-year old farm. With near-perfect visitor review scores on TripAdvisor and Facebook, Cellardoor is a welcoming and hospitable place for both wine connoisseurs and novices.
Although its reds like Dolcetto and whites like Chenin Blanc are fine quality, its dessert wines are a must-try, particularly Treasure, a wild Maine blueberry wine infused with brandy and maple syrup. Find visiting information at http://mainewine.com/.
Newport Vineyards (Rhode Island)
A small state with big flavors, Rhode Island is home to Middletown’s Newport Vineyards, a long-running destination with a newly-renovated facility. Just across the street from the Newport State Airport on Aquidneck Island is the 60-acre vineyard that has perfected New England winemaking. Great for hosting your events or dining at the refined Brix Restaurant, Newport Vineyards is a taste of the West Coast on the East Coast. For a list of the premium wines available, such as Landot Noir and Newport Chardonnay, head to http://www.newportvineyards.com/.
Boyden Valley Winery (Vermont)
You can head to the enchanting town of Cambridge to find this eclectic farm serving drinks to satisfy all palates. While Boyden Valley does offer traditional wines like Big Barn Red, a Bordeaux-style dry red, it specializes in unique concoctions like barrel-aged Vermont Ice Cider and Vermont Ice Maple Crème. The Boyden Valley farm also produces organic maple syrup and hosts a delightful wedding barn. For information, go to https://boydenvalley.com/.
Fulchino Vineyard (New Hampshire)
Rising above rows of picturesque green vines stands the red-roofed Fulchino Vineyard tasting room, which offers samples of its many stunning wines like La Famiglia Red and Avellino White. However, if you want a more immersive experience, this family-owned estate in Hollis periodically invites guests during harvest season to come and help gather the grapes from the vines. For an unforgettable experience in the heart of New Hampshire, start at http://fulchinovineyard.com/.
Taylor Brooke Winery (Connecticut)
A real hometown destination that cares about its patrons, Taylor Brooke Winery embodies the hard work and hospitality of Connecticut life. Located in Woodstock, this winery produces a dozen different wines, including Green Apple Riesling and Corot Noir. Pack a picnic lunch and visit this winery on a warm summer day, as it’s closed during winter months. Or, adopt one of the over 7,500 vines on the property. For more information, go to http://www.taylorbrookewinery.com/.
You’ll find many charming local wineries throughout the New England states. If you want to expand your taste for wines and experience new flavors, this is the area.
This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.