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New England’s northeastern climate swings between humid summers and hard frosts, lending itself to many things: opportunities to rock fabulous fall and winter fashion options, incredible scenic views as the seasons shift, and a winery/vineyard culture that prides itself on the craftsmanship of the stewards who grow and cultivate products that surpass all expectations.
From traditional grape wines grown along Southern New England’s Coastal Wine Trail to more eclectic and unique fruit wines grown even further north, New England wineries and vineyards offer wines that are both bold and unassuming, all with the background provincial beauty that the region offers.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic New England getaway, a friend trip, or perhaps just a solo journey to get back to yourself, a tour of the best New England vineyards and wineries might be just what you’re looking for!
Truro Vineyards in Truro, MA
This gorgeous 5-acre farm takes advantage of the sandy soil and balmy ocean breezes of the Outer Cape to grow the grapes that make a visit to Truro Vineyards one of the top things to do on Cape Cod! Producing over a dozen varietals every year, Truro Vineyards offers a variety of reds, whites, and a signature lighthouse series that includes distinctive blends like the Truro Vineyards Cape Blush, an off-dry rosé that comes in a signature lighthouse-shaped keepsake bottle.
South Hollow Spirits also operates out of the property, creating unique spirits distilled in an environmentally friendly fashion, so you can kick back and enjoy either a glass of wine or a delicious cocktail as you gaze out across the gorgeous grape-covered vines. Flight tastings are available with outdoor seating currently open on weekends only, but check in with Truro Vineyard’s events calendar to see what live entertainment events are coming up. Private and reserved tastings can be arranged and food trucks are often present in the warm weather months. Plus, Truro Vineyards is just about a 12-minute drive from colorful Provincetown, so be sure to leave time to venture on up to P-Town, too!
Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT
Situated on a romantically secluded 48-acre hilltop, Jonathan Edwards Winery is a bi-coastal winery, creating spectacular wines with grapes from both their California and Connecticut estate vineyards. Choose from their selection of reds, whites, and blushes, with all embodying the Jonathan Edwards Winery motto of “bringing the heart of Napa Valley to New England,” like their 2019 Cabernet Franc that features spicy cherry and cranberry notes with a finish of cinnamon and nutmeg; what a lovely-sounding quintessential New England combination, right?
The winery is open year-round, 7 days a week, but currently, wine tastings and tours are not available. The Tasting Room remains open for purchases of bottles and glasses that can be enjoyed on the grounds, with limited indoor seating available. Follow the winery on social media to see when tastings and live entertainment will resume, but any time of the year you can buy a bottle and pick a cozy spot at the vineyard to enjoy both the wine and the vibe!
Seven Birches Winery in Lincoln, NH
Located in lovely Lincoln (one of the best places to visit in NH!), and situated in the RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain, Seven Birches Winery offers handcrafted blends of classic European grape varieties and locally sourced fruits, with both traditional and nontraditional offerings, like their small-batch Strawberry Wine, made with locally-sourced strawberries that transform into a sweet souvenir of summer in a bottle! In addition to traditional grape and fruit offerings, Seven Birches also produces a line of hard ciders called Rhythm Craft Cider, for anyone craving something a little harder than wine.
A visit to Loon Mountain Resort is considered one of the best things to do in the White Mountains, period, so whether you’re in the area for the incredible skiing, or the warm-weather Loon Mountain fun, you have two options to check out Seven Birches offerings: The Winery Tasting Room at RiverWalk Resort offers wine tastings and tours of the facility, and the Atrium Tasting Room & Wine Bar at Lincoln Village Shops has both an indoor and outdoor seating area, so you can choose where you’d like to go to sample all the delicious creations Seven Birches Winery has to offer.
Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery in South Hero, VT
Perfectly situated on the idyllic Lake Champlain Islands, South Hero’s Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery is a Vermont gem! Specializing in working with cold-hardy grapes for the last 20 years, Snow Farm was the first vineyard in Vermont that produced and sold its product commercially, and today, there are 18 different varieties offered at Snow Farm; Naked Mermaid features pink grapefruit, orange, floral, lemon, and pear flavors and is a local favorite.
This beautiful vineyard has a charmingly rustic aesthetic that will make you feel right at home as you pull up for your weekend wine tasting. In addition to the handcrafted wines, Snow Farm also offers fresh maple syrup from the Maple orchard behind the vineyard, so be sure to pick up some maple goodies while you’re there, too. Keep an eye on Snow Farm’s social media to see when wine by the glass and live entertainment will return!
Bar Harbor Cellars in Bar Harbor, ME
If you’re planning a visit to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor Cellars absolutely MUST be on your list of places to go! This winery is housed on 100-acre Sweet Pea Farm and produces wines from fruit sourced from Europe and North America, priding themselves on being able to create traditional grape wines true to the region the grapes are being sourced from, as well as more creative fruit wines sourced from local fruit, such as their Blueberry wine made with Maine blueberries.
Visit May through October when Bar Harbor Cellars is open daily, offering tastings of their carefully curated whites, reds, and specialty wines in their lovely tasting room. Also located on the grounds is Sweet Pea Café, specializing in wood-fired pizza made with farm-to-table ingredients, open Wednesday through Sunday, May through October. In addition to their wines and delicious dishes, the gift shop also features locally made goodies such as chocolates, jams, and other Maine-made treats so you can take home plenty of fantastic souvenirs from your experience.
Newport Vineyards in Middletown, RI
With gorgeous Newport just a short 10-minute drive up the road, Newport Vineyards boasts over 50-acres of lovingly-tended vines on 100-acres of farmland, producing over 20 wines handcrafted from estate-grown grapes. In addition to the reds, whites, rosé, and specialty wines available, Newport Vineyards also houses a small-batch brewhouse, Taproot Brewing, featuring hops-forward brews that will delight all hops-lovers. Taproot also offers a phenomenal menu highlighting local flavors like Narragansett Bay Quahog Chowder and Newport Sea Salt Pretzels.
Currently offering virtual tours and table reservations only to sample flights of wine and pints of brew Wednesday through Sunday, so be sure to reserve your table as soon as you can and follow Newport Vineyards on social media to get the latest information on hours and availability.
Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery in Westport MA
Located on Massachusetts’s sunny Southern shores, Westport Rivers is a Coastal Wine Trail stop with 80 acres of vineyards producing delicious blends that highlight regional flavors, such as their Pinot Noir Rosé, featuring strawberry, watermelon, red berries, and summer herbs- a little taste of summer in coastal Massachusetts in every sip!
Although Westport Rivers isn’t currently offering tastings, tours, or events, private reservations can be made for tables, fire pits, and “cozy bubbles” so you can still comfortably enjoy your wine on the gorgeous grounds of Westport Rivers. Plus, food trucks are onsite every day the winery is open (Monday through Saturday, year-round except for major holidays) so you can sample local food offerings while sipping on your new favorite wine. Check in with Westport Rivers’ social media often to see when tastings and tours will return.
LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH
Lovely LaBelle Winery is just less than a half-hour’s drive from Manchester, offering tastings of over 35 different wines produced from the finest fruit grown around the region. Wine tastings and public vineyard and winery tours are available, as are private tours and wine tastings, with the latter requiring reservations. LaBelle Winery also proudly showcases local art in their gallery space on-site, so you can take home both a few bottles of your favorite wine (maybe their Cranberry Riesling?) and some local New Hampshire art.
Wine tasting is first come, first served, open Wednesday through Sunday, as is The Bistro at LaBelle Winery, the winery’s farm-to-fork restaurant that features produce grown on the farm at LaBelle right alongside LaBelle’s wines. The onsite wine and gift shop also offers opportunities to take home wines and products from The Winemaker’s Kitchen culinary line, LaBelle’s collection of kitchen staples for you to use for yourself at home. Check in with their calendar for information on upcoming events.
Maugle Sierra Vineyards in Ledyard, CT
Another member of the Coastal Wine Trail, Maugle Sierra Vineyards is a perfect representation of the rolling hills Southeastern New England aesthetic, where you can sit contentedly overlooking the 11-acres of grape-growing vines on the sprawling country estate, enjoying the fresh coastal breeze and the lovely scenery. Growing most of the grapes used in their blends themselves, a staple at Maugle Sierra Vineyards is their St. Croix, described in-house as “intensively fruit-forward” with rich flavors of blackberry and plum.
Open year-round (check here for current hours) for wine by the glass and the bottle, live music often happens on the weekends, so be sure to check out the calendar in advance. Plus, a visit to Maugle Sierra Vineyards lands you just a quick 15-minute drive from the cute coastal town of Mystic, so don’t miss out on that while in the area, either!
Shelburne Vineyard in Shelburne, VT
Just 5 miles south of Burlington and open year-round, Shelburne Vineyards offers an independently rustic charm alongside their award-winning selection of both classic and modern wines. The Tasting Room is currently open for tasting flights and bottle sales only, with seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis, or you can reserve your spot here.
Shelburne Vineyards offers a robust selection of wines, including some incredibly unique and interesting blends, such as their Rhapsody Ice Wine, made from Arctic Riesling grapes that were purposefully left to freeze on the vine before being harvested and pressed to create this rich, honey-like wine. Other Vermont-made staples like cheese and maple syrup are also sold on-site, but Shelburne Vineyard’s easy proximity to Burlington means a day at the winery can be conveniently followed with a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in the city if you want!
New England is fortunate to have such a strong showing of wineries and vineyards, with each one showcasing its unique take on grape-growing and winemaking in a region that often offers many opportunities to overcome challenges related to climate and weather. Of course, New Englanders are nothing if not resilient and resourceful, and it certainly shows in the best wineries and vineyards of the region.
If you decide to mix it up a little on your New England winery tour, be sure to look into a few of the breweries that make New England a craft beer lover’s paradise, too. You’ll never have to worry about having your adult beverage needs met while traveling around New England!
Amy is the founder of New England with love. A proud Vermonter, she hopes to share her love of New England and help you find the best adventures in the region. Amy is also blogger/founder at Two Drifters, where she writes alongside her husband about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. When not working on websites, Amy is probably reading, cuddling with her husband and cats, & drinking a maple latte.