Massachusetts wineries can be found from the Western edge of the state to its coastal areas south of Boston, and of course on Martha’s Vineyard (which is its own American Viticultural Area, or AVA).There are also wineries on the Island of Nantucket. All of these wineries produce some outstanding wines. Most of the grapes grown in Massachusetts are in vineyards that fall in the Southeastern New England AVA; wineries outside of this region tend to focus on fruit wines (which are also outstanding.) Massachusetts vineyards mainly rely on French hybrid grapes such as Seyval and Vidal, which are more likely to withstand the cold New England winter. But Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and even Pinot Noir grapes are grown here as well. For more information on the vineyards, wineries and wines of Massachusetts, see below.
Cape Cod Winery. Founded in 1993, this Massachusetts winery has its own vineyard, where the soil and topography are ideal for growing grapes. European vitis vinifera wine grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, grow particularly well here. Be sure to try their Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend, a lovely red wine with aromas of cherry and blueberry, and flavors that include black currant and oak. Also try their Pinot Grigio, which has aromas of citrus and melon, followed by flavors of honey and pear. And of course, you can’t taste wines from a winery on Cape Cod without trying a cranberry wine, specifically this Massachusetts winery’s Cranberry Chardonnay – the name says it all. For more information on this Massachusetts winery and its wines, click here.
Nashoba Valley Winery. This family owned winery has been producing wines since 1978, when it first began creating fruit wines from its orchards. The wines from this Massachusetts winery have won over 100 national and international medals, and they currently offer over 20 varieties of wine for you to sample. Their Chardonnay is outstanding, with aromas of pear and green apples, and flavors that include vanilla and oak. Also try their Vidal Blanc, a crisp white wine with floral aromas, and flavors that include tropical fruits and honey. They also have an outstanding Pinot Gris, which has aromas of lemon and lime and flavors of mineral and grapefruit. For more information on this Massachusetts winery and its wines, click here.
Plymouth Bay Winery. This family winery overlooks Massachusetts’ Plymouth Bay, where the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. How’s that for historic? Plymouth Bay Winery focuses on producing quality fruit wines using fruits grown on local farms and orchards. Massachusetts fruit wines are a perfect choice for any celebration, from a delicious cranberry wine on Thanksgiving to a light, cherry wine on the Fourth of July. Be sure to try their Drydock White, a dry white wine that is reminiscent of Chablis with aromas of green apple and lemon, and flavors that include vanilla. Also try their Colonial Red, made from the native grape of Concord Massachusetts, an intense red wine that has been produced in Massachusetts since the 1830s. For more information on this Massachusetts winery and its wines, click here.