The first commercial winery opened in Vermont in 1997. Despite the cold climate of this state, some hardy French hybrid grapes manage to survive it, bringing a local flavor to many Vermont wineries’ wines. In addition to using locally grown grapes, some Vermont wineries import their grapes from other states, including New York. No matter where the grapes are from, it is the wine crafting expertise of these Vermont wineries that create some outstanding, award winning Seyval Blanc, Riesling, Merlot and other wines. For more information on the vineyards, wineries and wines of Vermont, see below.
Boyden Valley Winery. This Vermont Mountain Winery creates red, white, ice and dessert wines. A fourth generation-owned farm, Boyden Valley has crafted many international award-winning wines from the 8,000 grapevines planted on their property. This Vermont winery specializes in European-style wines. Be sure to try their Seyval Blanc, a crisp, clean white wine with aromas of green apple and citrus, followed by flavors that include grapefruit and oak. Also try their Riverbend Red, a tribute to the Lamoille River that borders their vineyards. This red wine has aromas of cherries, followed by flavors that include red currant and plum. For more information on this Vermont winery and its wines, click here.
Charlotte Village Winery. Located just South of Burlington, Vermont, this boutique winery crafts both grape and fruit wines. Looking for Merlot, Pinot Grigio or Cabernet Sauvignon? Or maybe you’re more in the mood for Strawberry Riesling or Peach Chardonnay? All of these wines and more can be found at this Vermont winery. Founded in 2001 by fourth-generation Vermonters, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and taste of their wines. Be sure to try their Pinot Grigio, a lovely white wine with aromas of lemon and pear, and flavors that include vanilla and smoke. Also try their Merlot, which has aromas that include violets and rose, followed by flavors of caramel and plum. And for a fun fruit wine, sample their Dry Blueberry Wine, which has won awards from the American Wine Society. It’s a dry red wine that has delicious spicy overtones. For more information on this Vermont winery and its wines, click here.
Grand View Winery. This family owned winery uses its own fruit as well as those purchased from other Vermont growers. They have been creating both grape and fruit wines for over thirteen years, and do not use oak barrels or oak chips, which they believe mask wine flavors. The wines of this Vermont winery have won regional, national and international acclaim. Be sure to try their Riesling, a slightly sweet white wine with floral aromas, and flavors that include apple and pear. Also try their Seyval, which has aromas of melons and peaches, followed by flavors of honey and orange. For more information on this Vermont winery and its wines, click here. www.grandviewwinery.com