Massachusetts is home to more dozens of delightful wineries, many of which are located within the state's southern region within the beautiful Southeastern New England American Viticultural Area. Despite cold and difficult climate conditions and a short growing season, the state's wine industry has thrived for centuries, dating back to the region's pilgrim days. Additional wineries are located within the designated Martha's Vineyard AVA. These wineries offer public tastings and sales, with many also offering complimentary vineyard tours showcasing harvesting and production methods.
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Aaronap Cellars is a small-batch microwinery in Westford, overseen by winemaker Noel Powell since 2011. The winery strives to craft experimental and unique wines using traditional winemaking methods, carrying on the tradition of innovation and leadership that Massachusetts has been known for since its pilgrim days. Each small-volume batch is crafted by hand, meant to coax out flavors that reflect the unique terroir of the Westford region. White, red, rosé, and dessert wines are produced annually, including Chambourcin, Marquette, Syrah, and Carmenere varietals and unique concoctions such as maple wine. Though the company does not operate a public tasting room with standard hours, private tastings can be scheduled with advance appointment, with winery tours included for free in tasting packages.
28 Carlisle Rd, Westford, MA 01886, Phone: 978-501-4495
2.Alfalfa Farm Winery
Alfalfa Farm Winery is an award-winning family-owned winery in Topsfield, set on the grounds of a former 18th-century dairy farm. The sustainability-focused winery produces excellent wines crafted onsite from cold-hardy estate grape varietals, including Marechal Foch, Seyval Blanc, Léon Millot, and Aurore. High-quality traditional international varietals such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are also offered, along with fruit wines produced in flavors such as cranberry or pomegranate. Public tastings are offered on weekend afternoons throughout the summer months, with private tasting opportunities available for reservations for up to 80 guests. For an additional fee, guests can take home etched souvenir glasses with company branding.
267 Rowley Bridge Rd, Topsfield, MA 01983, Phone: 978-774-0014
3.Amherst Farm Winery
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Amherst Farm Winery is housed within a gorgeous restored 19th-century beam and post dairy barn, located in Amherst within convenient driving distance of the University of Massachusetts. The winery, which is overseen by winemaker Audrey Samek, produces grape and fruit wine varietals from locally-produced grapes, ranging from highly-drinkable blends to unique pumpkin, maple, and mulled wine fruit and spiced variants. Public tasting hours are offered between March and December, available during the afternoon hours Fridays through Mondays. Guests can taste their choice of six of the company's wine flavors, served up in a complimentary souvenir glass with the company's logo. A picnic area is provided for guests bringing their own food to enjoy with wines sold by the glass or by the bottle.
29 Belchertown Rd, Amherst, MA 01002, Phone: 413-253-1400
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Balderdash Cellars was originally founded in 2011 in Richmond, located within western Massachusetts' beautiful Berkshires region. The ultra-premium winery sources high-quality grapes from California's top AVAs and vineyards, showcased in white, red, and rosé varietals themed with clever tall-tale-style names such as Truth Serum, Invincible, and 'Til Death Do Us Part. A public winery tasting room is operated by a volunteer staff, open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the year. For a nominal fee, guests can taste up to six wines, with tasting fees refunded after a set amount of wine purchases by the glass or by the bottle. Rotating craft beers are also tapped, sourced from nearby craft brewery Wandering Star. Live music performances are hosted on site regularly, showcasing the best of Massachusetts' local music scene.
81 State Rd, Richmond, MA 01254, Phone: 413-464-4629
5.Black Birch Vineyard
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Black Birch Vineyard is a charming boutique winery in Hatfield, originally founded in 2012. The award-winning winery moved to its current location in 2017 to utilize a 12-acre patch of Connecticut River Valley soil, which cultivates more than 19,000 vines of 10 fine grape varietals. The company's delicious white and red wines have received gold and double gold medals at major regional wine competitions, including the Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Guests can taste wines Tuesdays through Saturdays at the company's public tasting room facility, which is also open for group tastings with advance reservations. Winery tours are offered with appointment on Sunday afternoons. Special events throughout the year include Saturday evening wine and food pairing experiences, which work with local chefs and producers to create culinary experiences.
108 Straits Rd, North Hatfield, MA 01066, Phone: 413-247-3300
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Boston Winery was originally founded in 2006 by Italian immigrant Rafaele Bruno, who strived to bring the traditional winemaking practices and ethics of Italian wineries to the United States. Today, the award-winning winery produces a wide array of traditional red and white wine varietals, crafted from the highest-quality possible grapes sourced from around the United States' top wine growing regions. Guests can sample wines as part of public tasting experiences, which last approximately one hour and offers samples of up to five wine styles. Tours are included with tasting experiences, showcasing the winery's production processes. Other guest experiences include a wine school and private winemaking education experiences.
26 Ericsson St, Dorchester, MA 02122, Phone: 617-265-9463
7.Cape Cod Winery
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Cape Cod Winery is a gorgeous East Falmouth winery located less than three miles from the beautiful Cape Cod waterfront. The family-owned winery, which was originally founded in 2013 by Erika and Pete Orlandella, produces nine delicious varieties of smooth, drinkable wine, ranging from traditional varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay to high-quality blush and fruit wines. Winery guests can enjoy tastings during business hours and chat with the owners, who are frequently on site to answer questions about wine production and tasting notes. A variety of public special events are offered throughout the year, including live music performances and a Vino and Vinyasa yoga event series.
4 Oxbow Rd, East Falmouth, MA 02536, Phone: 508-457-5592
8.First Crush Winery
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First Crush Winery is a delightful Harwitch winery, named after a play on words that juxtaposes the grape-crushing process of winemaking with the social enjoyment of consuming wine with friends and loved ones. The winery, which produces more than 50,000 bottles of award-winning wines each year, sources all of its grapes from top California wine producers and crafts fruit-forward wines on site at its Cape Cod production facility. Delicious wine blends highlight Tuscan and Bordeaux-style varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, presented alongside fruit-forward wines showcasing Cape Cod dry-picked cranberries. Educational wine tours and tastings are offered for winery visitors, letting guests sample up to six wines. The winery is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of major national holidays.
527 Main St, Harwich, MA 02645, Phone: 508-737-6867
9.Hardwick Vineyard and Winery
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Hardwick Vineyard and Winery is a rustic Hardwick winery located near the picturesque Quabbin Reservoir, owned and operated out of a 200-year-old farmstead mansion by the Samek family since 1997. Signature wines include the company's Massetts cranberry-grape wine blend and Giles E. Warner white blend, made with Seyval Blanc and Cayuga White grapes and named in honor of the original owner of the winery's homestead. Other clever wines showcased throughout the year include blush wines and fruit wines produced in unique New England harvest flavors such as pumpkin and maple. The winery is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays between October and April, offering tastings for a nominal fee. Well-behaved four-legged friends are welcome to visit the winery with their owners.
3305 Greenwich Rd, Hardwick, MA 01082, Phone: 413-967-7763
10.Furnace Brook Winery
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Furnace Brook Winery is based out of the historic 19th-century Hilltop Orchards property in western Massachusetts' Berkshires region, celebrating nearly three decades of crafting high-quality New England fine wines. The company creates all of its award-winning wines from California and Pacific Northwest grape varietals, which can be tasted for free as part of complimentary wine tastings at the orchard throughout the year. Additional wine tastings after the first sample are available for a nominal fee. A plethora of family-friendly farm activities are also offered throughout the year at the orchards, including apple picking experiences, cross-country skiing and hiking opportunities, and chances to taste the company's French-style hard ciders produced from estate-grown apples.
508 Canaan Rd, Richmond, MA 01254, Phone: 800-833-6274
11.La Cantina Winery
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La Cantina Winery is a charming traditional Italian-style winery, founded following its owners' family move from Santa Maria del Molise, Italy to Franklin, Massachusetts in the 1960s. The winery, which began as an amateur home winemaking enterprise in 1963, has expanded into one of the Cape Cod region's premiere traditional commercial wineries today. High-quality traditional varietals are sold throughout the year, including favorites such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Malbec. Guests can taste up to five wines at the company's public tasting room for a nominal fee, served up in a complimentary take-home branded wine glass. Wines are also available by the glass or by the bottle for takeout or drinking at the company's tasting room. Traditional Italian-style winemaking classes teach participants about the winemaking process from fermentation to bottling, producing shareable co-op bottles of wine for drinking with the class at the end of courses.
355 Union Street, 357 Union St, Franklin, MA 02038, Phone: 617-851-5127
12.Les Trois Emme Vineyard and Winery
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Les Trois Emme Vineyard and Winery is a charming New Marlborough winery, conveniently located near top area attractions such as Ski Butternut and the Norman Rockwell Museum. The family-operated winery is overseen by Mary Jane and Wayne Eline, named in honor of the French word for "the three M's," a reference to the couple's three granddaughters' first names. Highly drinkable white, red, blush, and fruit wines are sold throughout the year, including delicious Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel varietals. Wine tastings are complemented by a sampling of hors d'oeuvres pairings, available year-round. Complimentary winery tours are offered whenever staff is onsite to accommodate needs. Guests can also purchase bottles of wine to enjoy on the winery's beautiful picnic grounds, which feature cafe table seating and a central gazebo.
8 Knight Rd, New Marlborough, MA 01230, Phone: 413-528-1015
13.Mill River Winery
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Mill River Winery is owned and operated by Donna Martin, housed within Rowley's historic former Dodge's Cider Mill building. The award-winning winery emphasizes local viticulture and agriculture in all of its operations, striving to showcase the bounty of the New England region and its rich culture and coastlines in all of its products. Delicious classic red and white wines produced by the winery include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Riesling, and Chardonnay varietals. Guests can choose from a selection of wine flights to taste at the winery's public tasting bar, which also sells cheese and charcuterie plates and hot dip hors d'oeuvres as pairings. Barrel tastings and taste tests are also offered on select days, along with dirt-to-bottle tours offered between May and October, which last approximately half an hour and tour the company's vineyard and manufacturing rooms.
498 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA 01969, Phone: 978-432-1280
14.Mineral Hills Winery at Godard's Red Hen Farm
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Mineral Hills Winery at Godard's Red Hen Farm was originally founded in 2010 by Sue and Larry Godard, the owners of Florence's Godard's Red Hen Farm. The farm, which was originally founded as an apple orchard and apiary in 1984, has expanded its operations to produce a wide variety of orchard and harvest fruits throughout the year, including estate grapes for crafting high-quality wines. More than 1,400 cases are produced per year, ranging from classic full-bodied white and red varietals to delicious fruit wines and honey-focused meads crafted with honey harvested on site. Tastings and tours are offered on weekends between April and December or by special appointment, showcasing five one-ounce pours in complimentary souvenir glasses. A wide variety of harvest merchandise is also sold by the winery, including sweet apple cider, honey, and apothecary products.
592 Sylvester Rd, Florence, MA 01062, Phone: 413-586-2575
15.Nashoba Valley Winery
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Nashoba Valley Winery is a charming winery and distillery located within the heart of Massachusetts wine country, set on a hilltop orchard overlooking the quaint city of Bolton. The 52-acre farm winery is home to expansive orchards, gorgeous landscaping and scenery, and scenic special event space that can be rented for private events such as weddings and receptions. Winery guests can sample their choice of the company's 20 year-round wine offerings, which range from traditional varietals such as Merlot to New England produce-infused fruit wine offerings in flavors such as blueberry or sparkling apple. Wine tastings are available throughout the afternoon hours daily in season, with tours available at select times on Saturdays and Sundays. An onsite restaurant, J's Restaurant at Nashoba Valley Winery, serves up high-quality American fare alongside locally-produced wines, beers, and spirits.
100 Wattaquadock Hill Rd, Bolton, MA 01740, Phone: 978-779-5521
16.Plymouth Bay Winery
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Plymouth Bay Winery is the premiere winery of Plymouth, Massachusetts, owned and operated by Michael and Pam Carr since 2011. The acclaimed winery, which was originally founded by Tim Cherry, produces all of its high-quality wines from locally-grown natives grapes, berries, and produce, striving to craft playful, approachable favorites perfect for pairing with food. In addition to traditional varietals, a selection of highly drinkable fruit wines showcase the flavors of the New England region, including cranberry, blueberry, and apricot wines. The winery is open to the public daily for tastings, with reservations encouraged for groups of six or more. Tasting options offer complimentary take-home etched wine glasses and can feature a cheese board pairing upon request for an additional fee.
114 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360, Phone: 508-746-2100
17.Running Brook Vineyard and Winery
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Running Brook Vineyard and Winery was originally founded in 1998 by Pedro Teixeira, an Ohio State University graduate who developed an appreciation for fine wines growing up in Portugal and California's wine regions. The family-friendly winery and vineyard produces 100% locally-grown wines using estate grapes from its Westport and Dartmouth winery facilities, showcased in traditional varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc, Merlot, and Chardonnay. Port wines are also highlighted, along with excellent blends and Portuguese-style harvest favorites. Guests can sample wines daily at the company's public tasting room, which showcases live music performances throughout the year on weekends. High-quality Massachusetts spirits are also sold under the winery's RB Distillery line, including brandies and grappas.
335 Old Fall River Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747, Phone: 508-985-1998
Russell Orchards has a long history of operation as a working farm, originally planted in the 1920s by Joseph Goodale and operated as a thriving commercial orchard throughout the 20th century. The facility, which was purchased and renamed by the Russell family in 2000, crafts a wide variety of farmer's market and orchard products, including delicious farm wines crafted with fruit grown on site, including strawberries, apples, blueberries, and rhubarb. Tastings are offered during the afternoon hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with private tasting times available by appointment. Wines are also sold by the glass or by the bottle, with indoor and outdoor seating space offered for enjoying wines with food. A wide variety of special events are offered at the orchards throughout the year, including an annual November Apple and Wine Festival.
143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938, Phone: 978-356-5366
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Travessia Winery was originally opened to the public in 2008 by Marco Montez, located within the charming historic downtown of New Bedford. The winery, which is named for the Portuguese word for "a trip across a great distance," produces delicious wines crafted with minimal production intervention, utilizing locally-grown grape varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, and Vidal Blanc. Additional red grape varietals are also imported directly from Portugal's top wine regions. A public tasting room offers samples of all of the company's high-quality red and white wines and blends, with final tastings offered beginning at half an hour before daily closing time.
760 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA 02740, Phone: 774-929-6534
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Truro Vineyards is a rustic Cape Cod winery in Truro, located along the shores of the beautiful Cape and the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The premium winery, which was originally founded in 2007 by former United Liquors CEO Dave Roberts, emphasizes a hands-on philosophy in all of its operations, from production methods to owner participation at its tasting room. Guests can enjoy wine tastings on the hour and half hour daily, tasting up to five wines of their choice at the company's open-air tasting bar. Distillery products are also available for tasting, including barrel-aged liquors. Food trucks are parked on site regularly, including the Crush Pad truck from nearby favorite Blackfish Restaurant.
11 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA 02652, Phone: 508-487-6200
21.Turtle Creek Winery
Turtle Creek Winery is a charming small winery in Lincoln, located approximately half an hour from Boston's Logan International Airport. The ultra-premium winery, which produces approximately 1,200 cases per year, focuses on estate plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Cabernet Franc grapes, with additional varietals imported from California and New York's top growing regions. Though no public tasting room is offered throughout the week, tasting hours are available on select Saturdays, with time and detail information provided on the company's website. Tastings last approximately one hour, held in the company's underground barrel room and led by experienced winemakers. Reservations are required for all tastings.
28 Beaver Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773, Phone: 781-259-9976
22.Westport Rivers Vineyard
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Westport Rivers Vineyard was originally opened to the public in 1991, owned and operated by Bob and Carol Russell and winemakers Hugo and Luis Quezada. The award-winning winery has earned more than 20 gold medals at national and international competitions throughout its operation. 400 acres of working farmland is used to harvest high-quality grapes, showcased in minimally-processed varietals such as Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. The winery is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays, with tasting flights, glasses, and bottles available for sale alongside delicious bar bites. Complimentary public tours are offered each Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm and 3:00pm, with advance reservations required for groups of 10 or more.
417 Hixbridge Rd, Westport, MA 02790, Phone: 508-636-3423
23.Willow Spring Vineyards
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Willow Spring Vineyards is housed on the 18th-century Willow Spring Farm, located in Haverhill approximately half an hour north of downtown Boston. The winery, which was originally founded in 2007 by Cindy and Jim Parker, is housed within a gorgeous renovated historic barn set on 21 acres of land, with vineyards specializing in the production of French hybrid varietals such as Leon Millot, Seyval Blanc, and Vidal Blanc. Rosé wines are also sold, along with high-quality fruit wines showcasing New England flavors such as rhubarb. Tastings are offered at the company's public tasting room, letting guests sample one-ounce pours of up to five different types of wines.
840 W Lowell Ave, Haverhill, MA 01832, Phone: 978-374-1473
23 Best Massachusetts Wineries
- Aaronap Cellars, Photo: Aaronap Cellars
- Alfalfa Farm Winery, Photo: jcfotografo/stock.adobe.com
- Amherst Farm Winery, Photo: Amherst Farm Winery
- Balderdash Cellars, Photo: Balderdash Cellars
- Black Birch Vineyard, Photo: Black Birch Vineyard
- Boston Winery, Photo: Boston Winery
- Cape Cod Winery, Photo: Cape Cod Winery
- First Crush Winery, Photo: Samo Trebizan/stock.adobe.com
- Hardwick Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Hardwick Vineyard and Winery
- Furnace Brook Winery, Photo: Furnace Brook Winery
- La Cantina Winery, Photo: La Cantina Winery
- Les Trois Emme Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Les Trois Emme Vineyard and Winery
- Mill River Winery, Photo: Mill River Winery
- Mineral Hills Winery at Godard's Red Hen Farm, Photo: Mineral Hills Winery at Godard's Red Hen Farm
- Nashoba Valley Winery, Photo: Nashoba Valley Winery
- Plymouth Bay Winery, Photo: Brian Jackson/stock.adobe.com
- Running Brook Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Running Brook Vineyard and Winery
- Russell Orchards, Photo: whitestorm/stock.adobe.com
- Travessia Winery, Photo: Bruce Shippee/stock.adobe.com
- Truro Vineyards, Photo: Truro Vineyards
- Turtle Creek Winery, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Westport Rivers Vineyard, Photo: Westport Rivers Vineyard
- Willow Spring Vineyards, Photo: Willow Spring Vineyards
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