While wine may not be Vermont's primary agricultural claim to fame (think maple syrup), that doesn't mean there isn't a great selection of wineries producing quality reds and whites throughout the Green Mountain State. Even better, there's a myriad of retail shops and vending connoisseurs around who love wine, which means where you can't get the full vineyard experience, a wine tasting is still easy to come by.
Wine tasting is a fun activity to do with family or friends, for special occasions or just a girls day out. Also, a coupon for a wine tasting makes a great thank you, birthday gift or anniversary present. Here's a list of three nearby places where you can wet your palette and sample some fine red and white from Vermont and beyond.
Putney Winery takes a non-traditional and careful approach to creating an array of award-winning sparkling, still and dessert wines made from fresh, local fruit. They hand-crush fresh fruit including heirloom apples, pears, rhubarb, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries then press and craft the wine on-site. Tastings can be done at the winery outlet located in the Basketville storefront from 11-5 daily.
Honora Winery and Vineyard, Jacksonville, VT
Looking to do your average wine tasting, stop in for a glass and call it quits? You can do that here. Or you can get the full experience. Honora offers a complete tasting and tour package that includes your first glass of wine and snacks when you arrive, but from there it just gets better and better. Take a full tour of the winery and vineyard and afterwards, enjoy a picnic basket lunch for two prepared by the chef and your choice of a bottle of red or white to wash it down. Full package costs $199 per couple and is available only on the 2nd and 4th Friday and Sunday, June through August. Honora is open for tastings every day with no appointment.
To say they have a few wines on hand is putting it lightly. Windham Wines takes wine and wine tasting seriously. That's why they stock over 450 wines and keep them sorted by geography. You can make a trip around the world in flavor before you find the wine of your dreams, but it's sure to be a labor of love. Wine tastings are listed on their online calendar. Come on a tasting day and be prepared to leave with a worldly sampling of the various wine-producing regions.
When you've finished off your last sample for the day, point your designated driver in the direction of one of our short-term rental homes and sleep off your tasting sessions in comfort. We're not far from where the wine flows like, well wine.