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Wine aficionados, connoisseurs, and oenophiles alike will be delighted to know that the Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail has officially expanded, now boasting 29 wineries and 18 cheese businesses from the dunes of Cape Cod to the hills of the Berkshires!
A wine and cheese trail in Massachusetts? That’s right, the Bay State features 40 licensed wineries, producing wine from a collection of locally grown fruits – grapes, apples, cranberries, peaches, and blueberries – across, roughly, a total of 2,200-acres of wine farm land, where 439 acres are devoted exclusively to wine production.
So, with these award-winning wines and notable cheeses, how does one embark on all that the Wine and Cheese Trail has to offer?
Well, it starts with the trail map, where you can discover wine and cheese makers by region, within a detailed, useful, road-trip-inspiring layout of the state. Ultimately, encouraging visitors – in-state and out-of-state – to learn about the art of wine and cheese making; to discover some of Massachusetts’ award-winning tastes; and to explore the bucolic, picturesque farmlands that our wonderful state has to offer.
Here’s a list of the recent additions, which include nine wineries and seven farmstead cheese producers:
- Amherst Farm Winery, Amherst
- Berkshire Blue Cheese, Dalton
- Black Birch Vineyard, Southampton
- Chase Hill Farm Cheese, Warwick
- Cricket Creek Farm Cheese, Williamstown
- Green River Ambrosia, Greenfield
- Mineral Hills Winery, Florence
- Mount Warner Vineyards, Hadley
- Northfield Mount Hermon School Cheese, Mount Hermon
- Sangha Farm Cheese, Plainfield
- The Sheperd’s Gate Dairy Goat Farm, Holland
- Upinngil Farm Cheese, Gill
- Nobscot Artisan Cheese, Framingham
- Robinson Farm Cheese, Hardwick
- Ruggles Hill Creamery, Hardwick
- Still River Winery, Harvard
- Vandervalk Farm and Winery, Mendon
- Boston Winery, Boston
- Valley View Farm, Topsfield
- Grey Barn and Farm Cheese, Martha’s Vineyard
- Mermaid Farm & Dairy, Chilmark
Among the additions, here’s a glance at some of the stops along the trail:
Crystal Brook Farm, Sterling: An award-winning New England farmstead that specializes in a variety of delectable goat cheeses.
Turtle Creek Winery, Lincoln: A small winery located in the suburbs of Boston that produces roughly nine-hundred cases per year from Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay & Riesling.
Hardwick Vineyard & Winery, Hardwick: Where French-American hybrid grapes are made into award-winning wine in a restored 1795 barn and tasting room.
Mill River Winery, Rowley: Handcrafted wines from viniferous grapes are made in a restored 19th century cider mill, with a beautiful tasting room.
Willow Springs Vineyard, Haverhill: An 18th century New England Barn that features vineyard tours and tastings. The estates selections include Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Vignoles, Marechal Foch, Leon Millot, and Cabernet Franc.
Massachusetts wine and cheese businesses can also be found by going to the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) MassGrown & Fresher website. Specific wine events can also be found on DAR’s “Savor Massachusetts” Culinary and Agricultural Tourism calendar, and the Massachusetts Farm Winery and Growers Association website.
Have you visited any of Massachusetts’ wineries and farms recently? Share your story in the comments below!