Vermont is a relative newcomer to the world of wine-making; its first vineyards and wineries were established in the mid-1990s, but since then, world-class wineries have been popping up all over the state. Many of these wineries grow their own cold-hardy grapes, and some also craft unique beverages using fresh Vermont fruit, honey, and even maple sap. Some of the state's specialties include sweet ice wine and 100% maple wine, but visitors will find something to suit every taste bud.
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Specializing in high-quality meads, Artesano LLC prides itself on bringing a modern twist to the ancient beverage of honey wine. The company strongly believes that we should know where our food and beverages come from, and all their meads are made in small batches with locally sourced fruits and honeys. In addition to its meads, the company also produces tonic water, vinegars, and ice creams. The company can be found selling their products at local fairs and markets throughout the year, but visitors are also welcome to visit the meadery's store in Groton to sample the mead and tour the facility.
1334 Scott Hwy, Groton, VT 05046, Phone: 802-584-9000
2.Autumn Mountain Winery
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Dating back to the 1930s, Autumn Mountain Winery is a unique winery with its own vineyard and twenty vintage cabins available for rent. The vineyard grows both red and white grapes, and the wines are made right on the property so that they reflect the true taste of Vermont. Wine tastings are available to visitors for a fee, and all cabin guests receive a complimentary tasting along with their stay. The winery is open May through October, and it often hosts live music, wine and paint nights, and other special events during the summer months.
1246 Franklin St, Brandon, VT 05733, Phone: 802-247-6644
3.Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
© Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
Situated on the beautiful Boyden family farm, Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits was one of the first licensed wineries in the state. The farm has its own vineyards, and the winery also makes fruit wines and ciders using locally-grown fruits and cream liquors proudly made with Vermont dairy. The winery is open year-round, and visitors are welcome to stop by, learn about the history of the farm, and enjoy a wine tasting in the restored 1875 barn that houses the wine-making facilities. Cheese plates, chocolate tasting platters, and other snacks can be purchased to accompany the wine and enjoyed on the stunning outdoor patio.
64 VT-104, Cambridge, VT 05444, Phone: 802-644-8151
4.Charlotte Village Winery
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Opened in 2004, Charlotte Village Winery can be found only twenty minutes outside the city of Burlington. The winery offers an excellent selection of classic red and white wines, but it also features wines made with local Vermont fruit, including three signature blueberry wines made with berries grown right on the property. Wine tastings are offered seven days a week between Memorial Day weekend and New Year's Day, and the winery's tasting deck boasts stunning views of the surrounding Adirondack mountains. Cheese plates are available for purchase, and the winery also has a small gift shop selling clothing, wine accessories, and other souvenirs.
9306, 3968 Greenbush Rd, Charlotte, VT 05445, Phone: 802-425-4599
5.Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery
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Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Vermont, Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery is a sustainable farm with three vineyards and modern wine-making facilities. The wines are all proudly made entirely with Vermont grapes, and the winery also produces a unique wine made from maple sap. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the vineyards, enjoy a glass of wine at the wine bar, or attend on one of the live music evenings held during the summer. The open concept tasting room has plenty of space for visitors, but groups of more than ten people are asked to make reservations in advance.
4373 VT-12, Berlin, VT 05602, Phone: 802-223-1151
6.Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard
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A friendly, family-run operation, Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard produces both wine and maple products. The wine selection includes classic reds and whites as well as maple-infused dessert wines, 100% maple wines, and even a sweet ice cider made entirely with maple and apples. Some of the vineyards are on the main farm property, but there are also some located in a unique growing climate on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain. The wine tasting room is open during the spring, summer, and fall, and it can be found inside the farm's sugarhouse.
206 Sugarbush Farm Rd, Colchester, VT 05446, Phone: 802-893-2928
7.Honora Winery & Vineyard
Known for producing award-winning red and white wines, Honora Winery & Vineyard is beautiful facility that can best be described as a charming cross between New England and Napa. The winery's vineyards and main property are in Jacksonville, but it also has a tasting room with a delicious food menu in West Dover. Walking tours of the vineyard and winery are available by reservation; tours last approximately two hours, and they include a delightful wine and cheese pairing as well as a barrel sample in the winery. Additional wine can be purchased by the glass if desired.
201 VT-112, Jacksonville, VT 05342, Phone: 802-368-2233
8.La Garagista Winery
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Set on Mount Hunger, La Garagista Winery is part of a biodynamic farm that uses natural methods like composts and planting tea to care for the soil and the vines in each of its three vineyards. The wines are made in small batches using the yeast found on the grapes and little or no sulphites, and new wines are released every month or two. The winery doesn't offer tastings every day, but private tours and tastings can sometimes be arranged by appointment. All visitors are also welcome to attend one of the winery's "pop-up" dinners and wine tastings, which are held approximately once a month.
1834 Mt Hunger Rd, Bethel, VT 05032, Phone: 802-291-1295
9.Lincoln Peak Vineyard
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One of the state's largest grape producers, Lincoln Peak Vineyard prides itself on making its wine entirely from the grapes grown in its 12-acre vineyard. The winery produces plenty of wonderful red, white, rose, and dessert wines; some wines are produced in small batches and are only available to wine club members. Tastings and tours are offered every day between Memorial Day and New Year's, and by appointment and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the rest of the year. All tastings include a complimentary souvenir wine glass, and cheese boards are available for purchase.
142 River Rd, New Haven, VT 05472, Phone: 802-388-7368
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10.Neddo Family Vineyards
Born out of a desire to make delicious wine for family and friends, Neddo Family Vineyards is a small boutique winery that proudly makes all its wine from fruit grown right on its farm. The selection includes many different red, white, and fruit wines, and the winery is also able to make special order wine for weddings and other special events. Because of its small size, the winery doesn't have regular tasting hours, but the staff are more than happy to provide tastings and tours by appointment. Many of the wines can also be purchased through local retailers.
9695, 73 Neddo Rd, Barre, VT 05641, Phone: 802- 479-1175
11.Neshobe River Winery
Named for the river that runs through its property, the Neshobe River Winery is a family-owned and operated business that boasts a stunning location in the foothills of the Green Mountains. Its red and white wines are made entirely with Vermont grapes, some of which are grown right at the winery, and it sometimes also produces local fruit wines. The winery is open Wednesday through Sunday year-round, and it offers tastings of both its wine and beer from its sister brewing company. Visitors can also spend a night in the bed and breakfast on the property, which is set inside a 1786 farmhouse.
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd, Brandon, VT 05733, Phone: 802-247-8002
12.North Branch Vineyards
Family owned and operated since it was opened in 2007, North Branch Vineyards is a beautiful winery located right next to the North Branch River. The wines are made in small batches using locally-grown grapes, and plenty of red and white varieties are available, ranging in taste from sweet to dry. The tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday between April and December, and tastings can be arranged by appointment during the rest of the year. If you're not able to visit the winery itself, North Branch wine is also available at a number of local retailers, restaurants, and farmer's markets.
82 Trillium Hill Rd, Montpelier, VT 05602, Phone: 802-229-6169
13.Putney Mountain Winery
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Founded by a music professor and a lawyer with a love of good wine, Putney Mountain Winery specializes in creating delicious wines and liqueurs made with high-quality, locally-grown fruit. The selection includes everything from rhubarb to ginger to apple maple, ensuring that there's something to suit every taste. The winery is run entirely on solar power, and all the fruit is sourced with environmental sustainability in mind. Visitors are welcome to visit the winery to participate in a wine tasting and observe the wine-making process, but there are also tasting rooms in Quechee and Windsor for visitors who aren't planning on going to Putney.
8 Bellows Falls Rd, Putney, VT 05346, Phone: 802-387-5925
© Shelburne Vineyard
Boasting fifteen and a half acres of vineyards and state-of-the-art wine-making equipment, Shelburne Vineyard prides itself on its award-winning wines and its sustainable farming practices. Most of the winery's selection consists of reds, whites, and roses, but ice wine, orange wine, and sparkling wine are sometimes available as well. The tasting room is open every day of the week year-round, and guests can choose between a tasting of all available wines and a specially curated wine and cheese tasting. Reservations are required for groups of more than eight people, and the winery is also happy to accommodate bachelor or bachelorette parties and other special events.
6308 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482, Phone: 802-985-8222
15.Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery
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Established in 1996, Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery holds the honor of being the state's first commercial vineyard. The winery is particularly well-known for its deliciously sweet dessert wines, but it also produces dry and semi-sweet red and white wines. The vineyards are located on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain, which has a unique growing microclimate and the exact same growing season as the famed Burgundy wine region in France. The vineyards and winery are open for tours on a seasonal basis, and the tasting room offers flights of wine as well as cheeses, meats, crackers, and chocolates.
4617, 190 W Shore Rd, South Hero, VT 05486, Phone: 802-372-9463
© Whaleback Vineyard
Located on a beautiful farm that has been owned by the Brown family since the 1950s, Whaleback Vineyard grows all its own grapes and makes all its wine right on the estate. Fruit wines and honey meads are produced as well as traditional red and white wines. The wine-making facilities are inside a historic barn that dates back to the late 1800s, and the tasting room can be found inside a gorgeous colonial farmhouse. Complimentary tastings are available during opening hours, and visitors can also purchase a glass of wine and enjoy it in the tasting room or outside on the beautiful porch.
202 Old Lake Rd, Poultney, VT 05764, Phone: 802-287-0730
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Found in the beautiful city of Colchester, Groennfell Meadery makes lightly carbonated craft mead that it sells in cans. All the meads are made with single-source honey that comes from an apiary only four hours away from the meadery, and many are naturally gluten-free. The selection varies slightly according to the season, but it includes options like maple cinnamon mead, cranberry mead, and green tea lemon mead. The meadery is only open for tours by appointment, but it can sometimes be found offering tastings at local markets and special events. The company's mead can also be purchased from many liquor stores throughout Vermont.
856 Hercules Dr #20, Colchester, VT 05446, Phone: 802-497-2345
18.Huntington River Vineyard
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Found on a picturesque 200-acre farm set in the rolling hills of northern Vermont, Huntington River Vineyard produces excellent red and white wines. The entire farm runs on solar energy, and the entire wine-making process from vine to bottle takes place right on the property. The winery doesn't have regular opening hours, but visitors can call to make an appointment if they'd like to see the property or purchase some wine. The property can also be rented out for weddings and other special events; both indoor and outdoor venues are available, and reservations must be made well in advance.
344 Moody Rd, Huntington, VT 05462, Phone: 802-434-3332
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- Artesano LLC, Photo: Artesano LLC
- Autumn Mountain Winery, Photo: Autumn Mountain Winery
- Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits, Photo: Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
- Charlotte Village Winery, Photo: Yeko Photo Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, Photo: Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery
- Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard, Photo: Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard
- Honora Winery & Vineyard, Photo: stokkete/stock.adobe.com
- La Garagista Winery, Photo: La Garagista Winery
- Lincoln Peak Vineyard, Photo: Lincoln Peak Vineyard
- Neddo Family Vineyards, Photo: volff/stock.adobe.com
- Neshobe River Winery, Photo: Alex/stock.adobe.com
- North Branch Vineyards, Photo: robynmac/stock.adobe.com
- Putney Mountain Winery, Photo: Putney Mountain Winery
- Shelburne Vineyard, Photo: Shelburne Vineyard
- Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery, Photo: Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery
- Whaleback Vineyard, Photo: Whaleback Vineyard
- Groennfell Meadery, Photo: Brent Hofacker/stock.adobe.com
- Huntington River Vineyard, Photo: Huntington River Vineyard
- Cover Photo: exclusive-design/stock.adobe.com