A true diamond in the rough, the small state of Vermont packs big flavor in their world famous cheeses and award-winning wines. Cold hardy grape varieties such as Frontenac, Marquette and La Crescent flourish in the Green Mountain State, resulting in delightful, crisp, and refreshing wines.
The state’s mouthwatering dessert wines are not to missed either, being made in the traditional ‘Ice Wine’ style. Life is truly not complete until you’ve had a glass of sweet, velvety smooth Vermont Ice Wine with a rich and savory piece of Vermont Cheddar cheese. Is your mouth watering yet?
Whether you’re in for a romantic trip with your significant other, or just want to slip into Vermont’s wine country with good company, be sure not to miss these top wineries. Cheers!
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1. Lucky Bugger Vineyard & Winery
CW Score: 83.1
Overview: Owned by a traveling veteran couple that settled down in Vermont, Lucky Bugger is the perfect place to unwind and sip some great vino. The winery offers red, white, blush, and even maple wine!
Pack your own picnic to enjoy on the lovely patio, or indulge in some cheese and crackers that are available for purchase. Lucky Bugger is open for tastings on Saturdays and Sundays, but a private tasting can be arranged by appointment on days when the winery is normally closed.
2. Charlotte Village Winery
CW Score: 81.5
Overview: This unique, boutique winery produces award-winning wines of all sorts. Originally a 10 acre blueberry farm, Charlotte Village began making blueberry wine in 2001. The winery still makes blueberry wine (which is absolutely delightful) along with popular varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio.
You’ll feel right at home on the spacious patio that overlooks the rolling hills of vines. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, a delicious cheese plate is available!
3. Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
Overview: Proudly carrying on traditions, Boyden Valley is a fourth generation family-owned business. Indulge in their spiced wines, Maple Bourbon, and cream liquors. All of the wines and spirits are made in small batches with much care and attention for the best quality possible. It’s no surprise that the winery won Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition!
The tasting room overlooks the picturesque Boyden farm with a warm and pleasant atmosphere.
4. Golden Rule Mead
Overview: Brewed right at home in Middlebury, each mead begins with the foundation of 100% Vermont-origin raw honey. Locally sourced herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables are then used to create silky smooth, golden perfection.
The tasting room is open Friday through Monday from 2pm to 8pm. Whether you are interested in tasting samples, glasses, or bottles, they have it all! The flavors do tend to change as each seasonal ingredient is carefully selected, so take your favorite mead (or meads) home while you can!
5. Neshobe River Winery
CW Score: 69.3
Overview: Situated in the foothills of the Green Mountains, the quaint Neshobe River Winery gets its name from the river which runs through the front of the property.
The tasting room is located within an 1820s barn, with additional seating available outdoors. Stop by to indulge in their wonderful wines, made from grapes from their own vineyard and a few other select Vermont vineyards. Their creatively named assortment of red and white wines are available (along with beer) in both pours and flights. What more could you ask for?