New England winemaking is an innovative field, producing award-winning wines from hybrid and native grapes, locally grown berries and even rhubarb! These 10 wineries and vineyards welcome visitors year-round with tastings, tours, and special events that vary by season. Be sure to call ahead to see what’s going on before your visit.
Averill House Vineyard – Brookline, New Hampshire
Participate on the terrace at Averill House Vineyard in New Hampshire — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Averill House Vineyard is a family owned business located in historic Brookline, New Hampshire, once a major distributor of pre-refrigeration ice cream. Surrounded by tall pine trees, Averill House Vineyard boasts two acres of over 500 vines and 11 varietals. Enjoy a drink on the terrace or at one of the bistro tables set up in the middle of the rows of vines. The vineyard hosts farmers’ markets and tours throughout the year.
Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard – Little Compton, Rhode Island
The soil of Carolyn’s Sakonnet vineyard in Rhode Island is known for its minerality — Photo credit to Seven Swords Media
Founded in 1975, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, a 150-acre property, produces wines solely from its estate-grown grapes, which are hand-picked and aged in French, Hungarian, Russian and American oak barrels. Located between two rivers, the soil of this vineyard is rich in minerals, producing wines with low sugar content and high acidity. Choose from whites, reds, rosés and dessert wines.
Chamard Vineyards – Clinton, Connecticut
Chamard Vineyards in Connecticut produces 10,000 cases each year — Photo courtesy Connecticut Office of Tourism
Come for a wine tasting and stay for dinner in Vignobles de Chamard’ bistro, which also serves lunch and weekend brunch. Open since 1983, the 40-acre farm has 20 acres of established vineyards, producing Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir grapes. The vineyard is just two miles north of a beautiful coastal road along the northern edge of Long Island Sound.
Eighteen Twenty Wines – Portland, Maine
Eighteen Twenty Wines, in Portland, Maine, focuses on rhubarb wine — Photo credited by Linda Laban
This little winery is off the beaten path in the industrial area of southeast Portland, which today is home to several boutiques and artists’ studios. But Eighteen Twenty Wines’ location isn’t the most unusual thing about it. It’s a rhubarb cellar. Yes, rhubarb wine, which, as it turns out, is quite complex. Why rhubarb? It grows well in Maine and Portland likes to keep it local. Make a day of it by exploring nearby breweries and art galleries.
Hermit Woods Winery & Eatery – Meredith, New Hampshire
Hermit Woods Winery and Eatery also serves local food and craft beer — Photo credited to Bob Manley
Founded in 2011, Bois de l’ermite has taken fruit winemaking from a cottage industry to a nationally recognized industry. Yet nothing feels industrial about this Lake District winery, which serves fruit wines, meads and ciders produced with mostly local and organic ingredients. Try wines in the tasting room bar or relax with a drink in the Loft, where musicians from around the world are known to play. The restaurant offers cheese and charcuterie boards and other savory dishes.
Newport Vineyards – Middletown, Rhode Island
The same family has run Newport Vineyards in Rhode Island for over 100 years — Photo courtesy of Seven Swords Media
Newport Vineyards, on Aquidneck Island, makes for a wonderful day out. The 100+ acre vineyard is family owned and operated by brothers John Jr. and Paul Nunes. Not a wine drinker? No problem. Enjoy a farm-to-table menu or craft beer at Taproot Brewing, also located on-site. Newport Vineyards offers private tours and special events throughout the year.
Putney Mountain Winery & Spirits – Putney, Vermont
Founders Kate and Charles Dodge of Putney Mountain Winery & Spirits in Vermont — Photo credit to Putney Mountain Winery & Spirits
Putney Village in the Greater Brattleboro region of southern Vermont is home to Putney Mountain Winery and Spirits, which produces sparkling wines, liquors and ciders made from local berries, apples, pears, rhubarb and ginger. Not only does Putney Mountain source it locally, but this winery is 100% solar-powered and observes other eco-friendly practices, such as recycling all waste and composting leftovers from the winemaking process. . There’s a second tasting room inside the Cabot Cheese Store in the village of Quechee Gorge, an hour’s drive north on Interstate 91.
Saltwater Farm Vineyard – Stonington, Connecticut
A World War II aircraft hangar serves as the tasting room at Saltwater Farm Vineyard — Photo credited Connecticut Office of Tourism
Saltwater Farm Vineyard gets special recognition for the most imaginative and adaptive repurposing. The property, formerly a private World War II airport, is living a second life as a French winemaking facility. Saltwater Farm focuses on producing small-batch wines in estate barrels, aged in both steel and French oak. Sample wines by the glass or bottle inside the former aircraft hangar that overlooks the vineyard and the ‘grand alley’, formerly the airstrip. Depending on the season, the vineyard hosts an evolving lineup of live music, food trucks, and wine dinners.
Truro Vineyards – Truro, Massachusetts
Truro Vineyards in Massachusetts sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Cape wines are a funky bunch with individual charms, and the offerings at Truro Vineyards don’t disappoint. Enjoy wine tastings on the terrace in warm weather and inside the adjacent tasting room in cooler months. The shop is a delight, filled with wines and useful (and sometimes equally cute) gifts. Those in the mood for a cocktail will be delighted to find Spirits of South Hollow Distillery on-site.
Westport Rivers Vineyard – Westport, Massachusetts
Westport Rivers Winery in Massachusetts first won acclaim for its sparkling white wine — Photo credited Linda Laban
Set on beautiful farmland in the quiet coastal town of Westport, about 70 miles south of Boston, Westport Rivers Vineyard and its sustainable 80-acre vineyard was first recognized for its sparkling white wine, a delicious brut to give a hard time with any champagne. The Mayflower Special Club Rosé is another magnificent sparkling wine, with fragrant notes of orange marmalade, toast, strawberry jam and bread dough. Enjoy a tasting at the bar or on the terrace, refuel at the boutique or attend one of the vineyard’s special events, such as a wagon ride in the fall or an outdoor concert in the summer.