Guide To Boston-Area Vineyards And Wineries

May 17, 2011 11:47 AM

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A growing number of vignerons and vintners are taking advantage of an undeniable truth: the coastal region of Massachusetts is an exceptional grape-growing climate. In 1602, English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold found so many wild grapevines growing on an island off our coast, that he named the place Martha’s Vineyard. Today, those wild vines still grow; while a number Massachusetts vineyards and wineries slowly build their reputations for producing spectacular wines.
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Running Brook Vineyard and Winery

335 Old Fall River Road
No. Dartmouth, MA 02747


Running Brook Vineyard and Winery was founded in 1998 by a dentist and his patient. The two have since set their focuses on growing coastal grapes and producing premium wines. The vineyard is a member of the coastal wine trail.

Tours and Tastings
Daily 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (staff recommends calling ahead)
Cost: (call for info)

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Cape Cod Winery

681 Sandwich Road
East Falmouth, MA 02536


Cape Cod Winery cultivates 6 varieties of wine grapes. Their Nobska Red is a bronze medal-winner in the International Eastern Wine Competition.

July – August: Sat 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
May – June, Sept – Dec: Sat – Sun, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
July – Aug: Wed – Sun, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $5

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Truro Vineyards

11 Shore Rd Route 6A
North Truro, MA 02652


Situated next to Cape Cod’s National Seashore, this family tackles the art of maritime grape growing with their Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot varieties. Truro Vineyards offers free tours of its “green” winery. During the summer, wine tastings are held outdoors under our tasting pavilion.

Daily, seasonal only (Memorial Day weekend – Columbus Day) Mon – Sun: 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Daily (every 1/2 hour) Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $8

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Alfalfa Farm Winery

267 Rowley Bridge Road
Topsfield, MA 01983


Alfalfa Farm Winery is a family-owned and -operated vineyard that produces a variety of hand-crafted wines.

Tours and tastings
May 29-Aug. 28: Sun 1-5 p.m.
Sept. 3-Dec. 18: Sat & Sun, 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $5 tasting, free tour

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Westport Rivers

417 Hixbridge Rd.
Westport, MA 02790


The vineyard boasts 80 acres of grapes including: chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, rkatsiteli, pinot blanc, pinot gris, gruner veltliner, muscat, pinot meunier and more. Their award-winning wines have been served at the White House.

Tours and tastings
Sat 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Cost: $10 tasting, free tour

Not Just Grapes

Other area farmers are trying their luck with alternatives to grape-growing. New England’s climate is ideal for growing apples, blueberries, and cranberries. We’d be remiss to leave out the local wineries that grow and use these fruits as ingredients.

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Plymouth Colony Winery

56 Pinewood Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 747-3334


Plymouth Colony is New England’s original cranberry winery. Appropriately so, cranberry bogs take the place of traditional rolling vineyard hills. They don’t give formal tours, but the owners invite you to stroll around the bogs at your leisure.

May – Dec (check website for off-season) Thu – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

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Nashoba Winery

100 Wattaquadock Hill Road
Bolton, MA 01740


This family-owned orchard, winery & restaurant built on 52 acres has been churning out a combination of award-winning grape and other fruit wines since it opened in 1978. Nashoba boasts a state-of-the art wine-making and distillation facility. Tours the facilities, and taste up to six wines. Properly supervised children are allowed on the tour.

Tour & Tasting
Sat – Sun: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (tours every hour)
Cost: $7 (free under 21)
Tasting Only
Sun – Thu: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $4

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Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938


Russell Orchards tested the waters in 1988 with what they knew best, hard ciders with apples from their orchard. They have since expanded to produce a number of traditional fruit wines.

Tastings Only (Orchard tours available during apple-picking season.)
Mon-Sun, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Subject to staff availability. Staff suggests weekends 1-5 p.m.)
Cost: Free

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Still River Winery

104 Bolton Road
Harvard, MA 01451
978-415-WINE (978-415-9463)


Don’t expect to find any grapes here. Still River Winery is located in the heart of apple country, about an hour west of Boston, and only produces a recently-invented style known as apple ice wine. Some of their best wines have won local, national, and international competitions.

Tours and tastings
Year-round, hours vary, call ahead
Cost: Free