New Hampshire has at least eight sensational wineries. The majority of which are open year round and offer tours, tastings and a plethora of special events that wine lovers everywhere can at least appreciate.
What follows is a brief listing for four of the eight New Hampshire wineries worth a visit.
Flaghill Winery and Distillery
“Flaghill Winery and Distillery’s” wine tasting room is open year round Wednesday through Sunday except on some major holidays.
There is a guided tour of the vineyard and winery offered on the weekends at 1:30 pm from May until the middle of September. As of 2010 there was a $5.00 per person cost for the guided tour.
In addition to what you would normally expect to find at a New Hampshire winery, “Flaghill” has a unique event that occurs two weekends every fall. It is an uber popular event known as “Harvest Festival.”
“Flaghill Winery and Distillery’s Harvest Festival” consists of pre-determined volunteers coming to the vineyard to help harvest the grapes. Those that are interested in participating in “Harvest Festival” should contact the winery far in advance.
Participating in “Harvest Festival” is a great way to learn more about what goes into bringing items from the farm to one’s table.
Flaghill Winery and Distillery
297 North River Road
Lee, NH 03861
“Zorvino Vineyards” is open daily year round from Noon until 5:00 pm.
“Zorvino Vineyards” hosts a variety of special events throughout the year including an annual “All-Sparking Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Event” in December.
In 2010 the annual “All-Sparkling Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Event” will take place on December 9th from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm.
Admission to “Zorvino Vineyard’s All-Sparkling Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Event” is $32.00 per person and advance reservations will full up-front payment is required. Additional details on all of “Zorvino Vineyard’s” special events are available on the winery’s website.
226 Main Street
Sandown, NY 03873
“Candia Vineyards” hours of operation and tour schedule varies throughout the year so therefore it is best to call in advance of one’s trip to confirm details.
The staff is currently conducting a contest where one can win wine. Details on the wine contest are available on the “Candia Vineyards” website.
702 High Street
Candia, NH 03034
“LaBelle Winery” offers a monthly open house event that tends to sell out quickly. The winery’s open houses tend to run from Noon until 3:00 pm. Due to the event’s popularity, advance reservations are required and can be made via the winery’s website.
Something that “LaBelle Winery” is currently doing that no other New Hampshire winery to my knowledge seems to be doing at the moment is a photo contest.
That’s right; they want people from around the world to send in photos of themselves enjoying a bottle of premium “LaBelle Wine.” “LaBelle Winery’s” Photo contest winners will receive a $25 gift certificate.
The photo contest ends December 31st, 2010 so if you are serving a bottle of wine from “LaBelle Winery” at your holiday get together this year be sure to snap a picture and send it in for your chance to win.
Amherst, NH 03031
As previously mentioned there are at least four other New Hampshire wineries that are worth a mention. They are; “Garps Family Winery and Vineyard”, “Vinter’s Cellar Custom Winery of Bedford”, “Haunted Whisper Vineyards” and “Jewell Towne Vineyards.”
Intrepid, wandering wine devotees that would like information on more gastronomic experiences to have while in New Hampshire should log onto the state’s tourism website.