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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

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:

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! 🙂

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  • Deb P.

    Wow, thanks for this. Sounds like a road trip in th.e offng!d

  • I had no idea that the “wine scene” was so vibrant in Mass. I particularly enjoy the look of the inside of the Mill River Barn, and the Turtle Creek wine barrel room.


  • Lori Schaefer

    We would love to hand out brochures of the Massachusetts wine and cheese trail maps at our store in Winchester as we carry some of the cheeses and wines on the trails. Could you send me about 25 -50? Thanks. Lori, Pairings Wine and Food, 600 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890. lori@pairingswineandfood.com

  • Max

    Nice photo, great words and a very enjoyable post from your blogsites so what else can I ask? Well maybe some best winery tour in Sonora article so I can find the right wine tours for me. Thanks.

  • Chuck

    I volunteer at North Adams tourist booth and we have run out of last years trail maps and would like some. We are almost out of Mass Maps and other Tourism Brochures.

  • Peter

    Too bad that MA Farmer-Wineries will lose the “permission” to distribute their local wines to local stores as of Jan.1, 2015.

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  • t.j.

    BTW, the trail map .pdf is way out of date, showing only a fraction of what’s on the site now.

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