Maine wineries make fantastic wines befitting any old world or Napa Valley operation. Winemakers in Maine take advantage of the state’s unique climate, so well suited for growing berries, and use that to add a fresh twist to an ancient industry. Maine wines often incorporate the Maine blueberry into their products, as well as many other local fruits like apples, blackberries, and more.
1.Oyster River Winegrowers
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Since 2007, Oyster River Winegrowers have been creating natural, low-intervention wines and ciders from fruit they grow themselves on the farm. All their products are organically grown, and the result is a truly delicious product. During the summer, guests are welcome to visit Oyster River Winegrowers, where the barn becomes a happy and lovely gathering place for friends and families, whether they are locals or tourists. At Oyster River Winegrowers, some of the most popular products include Carbonic Nation, a red and white blend with just a hint of natural carbonation achieved during the fermentation process, or Morphos, a live wine that continues to ferment once it’s in the bottle. Also on offer are their hard ciders, which range from dry to sweet.
929 Oyster River Rd, Warren, ME 04864, Phone: 207-542-0079
2.Anthony Lee's Winery
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Anthony Lee’s Winery makes creative fruit wines from fruits other than grapes. The products at Anthony Lee’s Wines include wine made from apples, cranberries, pears, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, as well as unique mixtures of those fruits and more. Their tasting room in Dexter, Maine, is open from Thursday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm, and on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. They are closed on Monday through Wednesday, but if you call ahead they are generally happy to accommodate other tastings and groups by appointment.
377 Dover Rd, Dexter, ME 04930, Phone: 207-924-2209
3.Bar Harbor Cellars
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When visiting Bar Harbor or the surrounding area, Bar Harbor Cellars is a must-see on the itinerary. With a beautiful little tasting room befitting the beauty of Bar Harbor itself, visitors can try six wines for $6. Winery staff will not only pour drinks but also educate their visitors on the process of winemaking for each one, and at the end of the tasting, guests will also have the opportunity to sample a hard apple cider made with local Maine apples. Wines at Bar Harbor Cellars include classic varieties from European and Californian grapes, as well as a list of specialty wines made from Maine blueberries and local apples. They also produce sweet ice wine.
854 ME-3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 207-288-3907
4.Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery
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Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery is the oldest still-operating winery in the state of Maine. Owners Bob and Kathe Bartlett have been producing wine for decades, and they bring all their love and knowledge to their work. Their wines are fresh and exciting, drinkable, and easy to pair with food, and the Bartletts love to incorporate local Maine fruits like blueberries into their product, a fact which spices up a typical red or white and makes dessert wines truly unique and spectacular. The beautiful tasting room at Bartlett Maine is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm, and closed on Sunday and Monday.
161 Chicken Mill Pond Rd, Gouldsboro, ME 04607, Phone: 207-546-2408
5.Blue Lobster Wine Company
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This Portland, Maine wine company combines the casual atmosphere of brewery culture with the high class taste of great wine. The delicious wines made at Blue Lobster Wine Company bear the distinction of not being sold in bottles or boxes like most wines, but in cans and kegs like beer. Blue lobster does this because cans are more sustainable for the environment than bottles, and are much easier to carry for pool parties, camping trips, or out on a boat for a day of fishing. In their tasting room, a fun and relaxed place that again evokes the standard laid back ambience of a modern craft brewery, guests can try wine, wine cocktails, and buy products to take home.
219 Anderson St Suite 2, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-956-7051
6.Boothby's Orchard and Winery
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Boothby’s Orchard has been growing New England apples for a long time, with a farm stand and a product that is well known throughout the region. This family farm once had a much wider scope of business,including a dairy farm, but when the owners decided to shut down the dairy in 2001, they realized that the empty barn would serve as a perfect space for winemaking. Their products include Maine Marquette, a red wine grown from estate grapes and aged in oak barrels, as well as a number of apple wines made from Boothby’s Orchard apples, including the Orchard White, which is drinkable and slightly sweet, and the smoky Honeycrisp White.
366 Boothby Rd, Livermore, ME 04253, Phone: 207-754-3500
© Breakwater Vineyards
Located in Owls Head, Breakwater Vineyards offers some incredible wine options from their beautiful farm. During the summer season, visitors can go directly to the source and check out Breakwater Vineyards’ tasting room, where they will be treated to several small samples of their product and will have the opportunity to purchase bottles to bring home. Some of Breakwater Vineyards’ products include an UNoaked Chardonnay, a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, and a semi-dry Riesling. Some of the more unique products on their list include Breakwater Blues, a best seller made with maine blueberries, as well as cranberry wine and honey mead.
35 Ash Point Dr, Owls Head, ME 04854, Phone: 207-594-1721
8.Catherine Hill Winery
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Catherine Hill Winery lives in a historic barn that laid abandoned until the owners renovated it and turned it into the home for their winery. Currently, Catherine HIll Winery offers more than fifteen varieties of wine, which are made from the finest grapes available and all made entirely on site. Their wines are made in small batches, which allows the winemakers to ensure the best quality and also get creative with their product. Catherine Hill Winery prides themselves on using no additives like enzymes or artificial coloring in their wine. During the months of June to September, the tasting room is open seven days a week, and visitors can try two wines for free or opt for a more in depth tasting of up to six wines for $5.
661 Blacks Woods Rd, Cherryfield, ME 04622, Phone: 207-546-3426
© Cellardoor Winery
Cellardoor Winery is proud to be the creator of several award winning wines from the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In particular, their Buoy white wine, Chardonnay, Ned Said Red, and Perfect Stranger all won awards for excellence. But believe it or not, there’s loads more to this lovely Maine winery, set in the hills and forests of Lincolnville in a spacious and beautiful 200 year old barn that overlooks the rows of grapevines waiting to be turned into wine. Winery tours and tastings are offered during the warmer months starting in April. Reservations are not required for visitors who wish to do a tasting, but the winery appreciates a call ahead reservation for groups larger than 6 people.
367 Youngtown Rd, Lincolnville, ME 04849, Phone: 207-763-4478
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10.Dragonfly Farm & Winery
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Dragonfly Farm and Winery is a small, family owned and operated vineyard. The farm produces not only wine but also maple syrup, which can be purchased in their tasting room along with a bottle of wine. The winery was conceived from a love affair with German Riesling, and as a result most of the grapes grown on the property and white wines made by Dragonfly are hybrids and types of that Riesling grape. The red wines at Dragonfly tend to be French varietals, and they also offer fruit wines in the typical Maine style, using local fruits like Maine Blueberries, plums, blackberries, and raspberries. Dragonfly Farm and Winery’s gift shop is open Thursday to Saturday from 10am until 6pm, where visitors can taste and purchase wine, maple syrup, and other products.
1069 Mullen Rd, Stetson, ME 04488, Phone: 207-296-2226
11.eighteen twenty wines
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When Amanda O’Brien tried rhubarb wine for the first time, she was struck by how good it actually tasted, and so she and the friend who made it launched eighteen twenty wines, a company that specializes in these rhubarb beverages. Rhubarb grows well in Maine’s climate, and at eighteen twenty wines, they take full advantage of that fact. Visitors will enjoy ‘victoria’, a tart rhubarb wine that is often compared to rose, and ‘dottie mae’, a sweet wine made from Maine rhubarb that tastes like a great, drinkable white. The tasting room at eighteen twenty wines is open on Fridays from 4pm to 7pm and on weekends from 12pm to 7pm.
219 Anderson St Unit 1, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-517-0820
12.Hidden Spring Winery
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Hidden Spring Winery launched from a family farm that originated in the 1920s, where a hidden spring with a ladle hanging from a tree served as a welcome and refreshing respite from long, hard days in the fields. Generations later, those fields now grow the fruit used to make Hidden Springs Winery’s product. Their wines range from sweet to dry, like the Wedding Wine, made with Pinot Gris and cranberry, or KT’s Black Jack, made with local blackberries. Some of their other popular varieties include Choke N’ Apple—made from apple and chokeberry—and Arazzmatazz, a sweet and tart wine made from raspberries. Visitors are welcome to come check out the farm and try some wine after making a reservation on Hidden Spring’s website.
1057 White Settlement Rd, Hodgdon, ME 04730, Phone: 207-532-0753
13.Maine Mead Works
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Mead dates back centuries through human history, where it was famously drunk by Vikings but also by people all over the world. Maine Mead Works acknowledges this long and storied history but also puts a modern twist on their product. Their delicious honey-centered products are made with state of the art fermentation systems and techniques, and the crowning achievement of that work is Honeymaker, a mead that is crisp, fresh, and excellently drinkable. Other varieties include mead made with blueberries, chai tea, or lavender. Visitors can try all of Maine Mead Works’ products in the tasting room for $7 per person. There are several tasting rooms around Maine, including in Portland, Kennebunk, and Rockland.
51 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-773-6323
14.Ahtesh Emporium Wine & Beer
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Located in Wells, Ahtesh Emporium Wine and Beer is a whimsical destination, whether you make a special trip or stumble upon it during your travels. At Ahtesh Emporium, which is absolutely a local favorite, alcohol takes the front seat. Visitors can buy wines, beers, and liquors from the most well known brands to some really obscure ones. While Moe, the owner, doesn’t make wine himself, he certainly knows his product and is always happy to share knowledge with customers. The place is packed with wine from local wineries as well as bottles that have been imported from all over the world, and guests can also indulge in a bottle of homemade olive oil, or one of the antiques and other gifts around the shop.
1927 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090, Phone: 207-337-3939
15.Prospect Hill Winery
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Prospect Hill Winery grows thirteen varieties of grape on their property, and prides themselves on using those grapes to create fifteen unique and delicious estate wines. Some of their award winning varieties include Sabrevois, which won “Best Maine Grown Wine” in 2018, and Edelvira, which one a bronze medal in the same year. From Memorial Day weekend until the end of October every year, Prospect Hill Winery has a tasting room open to visitors from 1pm until 5pm every Sunday, and also by appointment on other days during the week. Visitors can try some of their wines, and even take a vineyard tour to see where the grapes are grown and the magic happens, and learn about the process of making wine.
318 Orrills Hill Rd, Lebanon, ME 04027, Phone: 207-651-9335
16.Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery
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At Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, past and present come together in a beautiful symphony to make great wine. The winery is housed in a historic red barn that was built in the 1790s, but in an effort to be more sustainable and environmentally conscious, Savage Oakes has installed solar panels all along the roof of this huge structure to help power their facilities. Visitors to Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery can tour the farm during its operating season, either with the help of a guide or on their own, to see the vineyard, the field where the blueberries are grown, and to visit with some of the animals who live on the farm.
175 Barrett Hill Rd, Union, ME 04862, Phone: 207-785-2828
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17.Sow's Ear Winery
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This fun and excellent winery is named for the timeless phrase, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” Sow’s Ear Winery recognizes that it’s difficult to create success from nothing, but they don’t let that stop them. The grape growing season in Maine is short, making it an undesirable place for a winery, but Sow’s Ear takes this figurative ‘sow’s ear’ worth a grain of salt and instead of traditional grapes, makes delicious wines from other fruits. With over a hundred trees in the orchard and wild fruits that grow everywhere on the property, Sow’s Ear Winery makes wine from apples, rhubarb, blueberries, chokeberries, and cranberries.
303 Coastal Rd, Brooksville, ME 04617, Phone: 207-326-4649
18.Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery
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Maine is the proud producer of some great products, including fruits and grains, and at Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, these products are put to use in the making of wine and spirits. At Sweetgrass, which has locations in both Portland and Union, visitors can try a selection of their great wines and spirits, which can be tasted for just a small fee and include a souvenir wine glass that guests can take home with them. The tasting room in Union is open daily from May until New Year’s Eve, and the location in Portland is open year round.
347 Carroll Rd, Union, ME 04862, Phone: 207-785-3024
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19.The Fat Friar's Meadery
This charming and rustic meadery is located in Newcastle, Maine, near Damariscotta Lake. The Fat Friar’s Meadery has a list of products that range from traditional mead—The Fat Friar’s Mead—to more experimental flavors that incorporate things like cherries, citrus, spices, and even chili peppers. To find The Fat Friar’s Meadery, visitors will have to keep an eye out for a small, rustic sign and drive down a long driveway into the woods to the meadery. This might seem like a lot of work, but the result is definitely worth it. The Fat Friar’s Meadery has a tasting room that is open Friday through Sunday from 12pm to 5:30pm, and visitors can call ahead for appointments on other days or times.
39 Meadow Ridge Ln, Newcastle, ME 04553, Phone: 207-563-5382
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© Tree Spirits
At Tree Spirits, visitors will notice the bright pops of green that are everywhere, a lively and energetic color that pretty well exemplifies Tree Spirits’ products. Their every day drinking wines include fun varieties like Maple Picnic Wine, sourced from a nearby farm in Sidney, as well as Apple Picnic Wine and Pear Picnic Wine. Some of their wines are sparkling, and some are flat, and they also make a few port-like varieties like Maple Storm. Tree Spirit also makes spirits, such as absinthe, brandy, and distilled maple wine, as well as a fun product they call SubLimes, which are excellent fruity sangrias that are made from a brandy.
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21.Two Hogs Winery
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The tasting room at Two Hogs Winery is located inside a small wooden cabin, but you won’t be able to miss it because there’s a large sign out in front of it that features two pigs on motorcycles. Two Hogs Winery uses grapes for their wine, but focuses more on fruit wines made with local berries and products. Their collection of white fruit wines include peach, rhubarb, apple, lemon, and strawberry wines, and their red collection features blueberry, raspberry, black cherry, cranberry, acai, and Merlot. The tasting room at Two Hogs doesn’t have regular hours, but there’s a number on the sign where visitors can call the owners to request a tasting, either by appointment or on a whim.
Mudget Hill Rd, Vassalboro, ME 04989, Phone: 207-660-5594
22.Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing Co.
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Gruit isn’t a word you hear often, but it is in fact a real thing. This old style beer is made using botanicals like echinacea, rhubarb, spruce, juniper, dandelion, and other herbs, plants, and roots. At Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing Co., gruit isn’t just part of the vocabulary, it’s on the menu, along with kombucha, cider, and mead. It’s an incredibly unique combination of products that Urban Farm prides itself on by using local ingredients that are both cultivated and foraged. In their Portland tasting room, visitors can try some of these one of a kind products in an industrial yet comfortable space. The tasting room feels a lot like a brewery, and is host to a lot of events like music performances by local artists.
200 Anderson St, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-773-8331
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23.Vista of Maine Vineyard & Cidery Tasting Room
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At the Tasting Room for Vista of Maine Vineyard and Cidery, visitors will have the distinct opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of cider while looking at some of the most amazing views in the region. The tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday, from 3pm to 7pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1pm to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The tasting room has a lovely indoor and outdoor area situated around a historic red barn, and there are plenty of tasty treats like cheese and donuts on offer, depending on the season. Visitors can also enjoy a board game with friends, or a round of cornhole as they sip their drinks and enjoy each other’s company.
146 N Hills Ridge, Greene, ME 04236, Phone: 207-754-2527
© Winterport Winery
The historic village of Winterport has long been a lovely little community on the banks of the Penobscot River. Winterport Winery aims to add to that feeling of community and history with their selection of incredibly tasty fruit wines, many of which boast awards. Their wines are sophisticated and elegant, and pair well with many different types of food. Winterport Winery’s tasting room hours vary depending on the season, but visitors who manage to snag a seat and a tasting here are in for a real treat. Even those who don’t love wine will find something to enjoy, because Winterport Winery makes and serves their own beer as well, under the moniker Penobscot Bay Brewery.
279 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496, Phone: 207-223-4500
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25.Younity Winery & Vineyards
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The tasting room at Younity Winery is open every weekend from Friday through Sunday, with consistent hours of 9am to 6pm, from Mother’s Day weekend onward. They welcome locals and visitors alike to enjoy some of their products with them, which are all non-traditional wines that reflect the eclectic and fun manner of the winemaker. At Younity, they know their wines are nothing like what you’ll find in Napa, and they celebrate that. Most of the products at Younity feature silly and quirky names, like Bitchin’ Crab Apple, Maine Black Bear...ee, Rhumpkinstiltskin, and Tickled Pink. Clem and Jeri, the owners, love wine, love their product, and love their customers, and that love rings through even for the most casual visitor.
317 Albion Rd, Unity, ME 04988, Phone: 207-948-7777
25 Best Maine Wineries
- Oyster River Winegrowers, Photo: Oyster River Winegrowers
- Anthony Lee's Winery, Photo: Anthony Lee's Winery
- Bar Harbor Cellars, Photo: Bar Harbor Cellars
- Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery, Photo: Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery
- Blue Lobster Wine Company, Photo: Blue Lobster Wine Company
- Boothby's Orchard and Winery, Photo: Boothby's Orchard and Winery
- Breakwater Vineyards, Photo: Breakwater Vineyards
- Catherine Hill Winery, Photo: Catherine Hill Winery
- Cellardoor Winery, Photo: Cellardoor Winery
- Dragonfly Farm & Winery, Photo: Dragonfly Farm & Winery
- eighteen twenty wines, Photo: eighteen twenty wines
- Hidden Spring Winery, Photo: Hidden Spring Winery
- Maine Mead Works, Photo: Maine Mead Works
- Ahtesh Emporium Wine & Beer, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Prospect Hill Winery, Photo: Prospect Hill Winery
- Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery
- Sow's Ear Winery, Photo: Ievgenii Meyer/stock.adobe.com
- Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, Photo: Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery
- The Fat Friar's Meadery, Photo: volff/stock.adobe.com
- Tree Spirits, Photo: Tree Spirits
- Two Hogs Winery, Photo: Two Hogs Winery
- Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing Co., Photo: Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing Co.
- Vista of Maine Vineyard & Cidery Tasting Room, Photo: Vista of Maine Vineyard & Cidery Tasting Room
- Winterport Winery, Photo: Winterport Winery
- Younity Winery & Vineyards, Photo: Younity Winery & Vineyards
- Cover Photo: Maksim Shebeko/stock.adobe.com