Originally from Burlington, VT, Meghan currently resides in Plattsburgh, NY, where she attends graduate school.
Wine Tasting in Vermont
Vermont is a wonderful place to visit if you love wine tasting. Wine in Vermont is typically made from cold-hardy grapes, a strain of red and white grape variety that is able to withstand temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold-hardy grapes produce flavorful wines, including Frontenac, Marquette, and La Crescent. These grapes are used to make ice wines, which are dessert wines that are made from grapes that are picked in winter when they have frozen on the vine. When the water freezes inside them, a higher concentration of juice remains that contributes to the super sweetness of ice wine. Scroll to the bottom of this article for a link to the University of Minnesota's web page to learn more about its grape breeding program.
If you plan to visit multiple wineries in Vermont, consider checking out The Vermont Grape & Wine Council’s website. In addition to more information on the wine industry in Vermont and upcoming events, the council offers a wine passport program where you can obtain stamps for each winery you visit in exchange for an entry into their annual prize drawing. You can pick up a passport at any of its participating wineries or download a printable version. Once you’ve acquired at least 10 stamps, mail your passport to The Vermont Grape and Wine Council (79 Stone Mill Dam Road, Brandon, VT 05733) to be entered into a prize drawing. Prizes include a $50, $100, and $150 gift certificate that can be redeemed at any participating winery. Winners are randomly selected every January.
The Grape & Wine Council's wine passport program consists of 14 participating wineries (see below.)
Tasting Rooms to Visit Near Burlington, VT
Wine tasting in Vermont is up and coming, especially with the emergence of cold-hardy grape varieties. Although the number of tasting rooms may be low compared to other states, each winery offers something individual and unique to its patrons.
Below you will find a few of my favorite tasting rooms to visit near Burlington, Vermont. Please feel free to comment below if you have visited any of these wineries, or if you feel that I have missed any good ones.
Boyden Valley Winery
In Cambridge, Vermont, you will find this unique winery offering a select array of wine, cider, and spirits. At the tasting room you can sample 4 different types of red wine, including glogg, 2 types of whites, 1 Rose, 4 fruit wines, including Cranberry and Rhubarb, 2 dessert wines, 3 ice wines, 4 hard ciders, and 3 spirits, including maple cream liqueur, made from Boyden Valley’s own organic maple syrup.
Open daily from 10am to 6pm, year-round, its tasting room is situated on a beautiful property that is often rented for weddings and private events. A second tasting room is located in Waterbury, VT.
Note: Boyden Valley's Tasting Room closed its doors as of January 1, 2021 and will no longer be producing wine and cider. Although the tasting room will be closed, they will continue to make the following products: Vermont Ice Maple Creme, Apple Creme, Maple Bourbon Creme, and GLOGG which will be available for purchase in local liqueur and grocery stores.
Fresh Tracks Farm
Located in Berlin, VT, the tasting room at Fresh Tracks Farm opened in 2009. Offering 4 types of whites, 4 reds, 5 Rosés, and 2 specialty wines, this winery offers a wide variety of wines to sample. Each bottle features a beautiful, hand-painted wine label which makes it extremely had to resist buying one. Fresh Tracks takes pride in practicing sustainable farming and using renewable energy sources for its tasting room.
Enjoy a walk through the vineyards beside this picturesque tasting room. During the summer, the winery offers live music and a bonfire on Friday nights. The tasting room is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 1pm to 8pm and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.
Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery
Situated in the beautiful Champlain Islands in South Hero, VT, Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery offers solely grape wines to its patrons, specifically 4 whites, 5 reds, and 1 ice wine. Open from 11am–5pm every day, May 1st to December 23rd, this special winery is known for its events, a summer concert series, and winter wine down music series, where you can enjoy listening to live music while sipping on a glass of wine. Each event features local food vendors including the Sausage, Shack, handmade flatbread pizza from Papillo’s Pizza, and Island Homemade ice cream.
The winery is open from 11am to 5pm Sunday through Friday, and 11am to 4pm on Saturdays.
Charlotte Village Winery
Adjacent to a blueberry farm, Charlotte Village Winery is family owned and operated boutique winery in Charlotte, VT. Open daily from 11am to 5pm daily Memorial Day Weekend to January 1st, this winery offers an array of grape and fruit wines, including Strawberry Riesling, Peach Blossom (Chardonnay), and 3 types of blueberry wine. My personal favorite time of year to visit is in the fall when you can sit on the winery’s deck while sipping on a glass of warmed Apple Crisp while overlooking blueberry fields.
- Grapes | Minnesota Hardy
Visit the University of Minnesota's web page to read more about its top wine grape research program.
© 2018 Meghan Jane
Liz Westwood from UK on August 27, 2018:
I didn' t realise grapes could be grown at such cold temperatures. I always associate wine production with warmer climates.