Maine wines blend the traditional aromas and flavors of wine varietals with the unique Maine flavors of blueberries, apples and raspberries. Maine wines are earthy and fruity, and if you haven’t yet treated yourself to these delicious wines, try sampling one of their Chardonnays or Pinot Grigios, in addition, of course, to a blueberry wine or two. For an overview of some of the best Maine wineries and wines, as well as tasting notes, see below.
Bar Harbor Cellars Winery. This Maine vineyard, established in 2003, produces outstanding wines from both Maine fruit and European grapes. They are also committed to sustainable farming practices, including using the spent grains from their microbrewery as compost for their vineyards. This Maine winery produces both European varietals and Maine fruit wines. Be sure to try their 2008 Merlot, a distinctive red wine with aromas of plum and violets, followed by flavors of cherry and more plum. Their Chardonnay wine, created from Italian grapes and fermented in stainless steel, is a lovely white wine with aromas of apricot and peach, and flavors of apples and vanilla. For more information on this Maine winery and its wines, click here.
Blacksmiths Winery. This winery has been in business since 1999, one of the largest grape and fruit producing wineries in the state, and the first winery in Maine to receive silver and bronze medals in the International Wine Competitions. They are also the first Maine winery to create fortified wines, and currently produce both dry and dessert wines. Their Vidal Blanc is excellent, a very crisp white wine that has aromas of citrus and flavors of melon and oak. They also have an outstanding Sangiovese, a lovely dry red wine with aromas of plum and violet, and flavors of black cherry and cinnamon. And of course, try their Sparkling Blueberry – the name speaks for itself. For more information on this Maine winery and its wines, click here.
Cellardoor Winery at the Vineyard. The five and a half acres of this Maine winery are planted with hybrid grapes that grow well in the Maine climate. These grapes are due to be harvested in 2012; in the meantime, they create their wines with grapes from Washington, California and New York. This charming winery is located just five miles from Camden Harbor, and they offer many wine and food activities, including chocolate pairings, artisanal foods, and even cooking classes! Be sure to try their Barbera, blended with Malbec, an outstanding wine with aromas of raspberry and vanilla, followed by flavors of currants and blackberries. Also try their Clary Hill Blue, a delicious dry oaked blueberry wine that has aromas of vanilla and spice and flavors of the wild blueberries of Maine’s own Clary Hill. For more information on this Maine winery and its wines, click here.