Vermont


Vermont Wine Overview

For many years, the realities of Vermont’s cold climate meant only fruit wines could be made here. Most of these fruit wines, which are still being produced today in Vermont, are made from apples and pears. Hard cider has also been especially popular in Vermont — and some of the country’s best cider makers are located here.

The Vermont wine industry began to blossom once cold-hardy grapes were developed and planted in the state. Now, varieties like La Crescent, Frontenac, St. Croix, and Traminette are grown in vineyards here. One particularly interesting grape that does well in Vermont is the Marquette, a red grape that produces a surprisingly complex wine that compares in some ways to Pinot Noir. Many Vermont growers also plant Riesling grapes and most Vermont wineries offer a Riesling or similar style wine.

There are about 15 Vermont wineries, and many more vineyards, tasting rooms and makers of cider and mead.

One particularly interesting grape that does well in Vermont is the Marquette, a red grape that produces a surprisingly complex wine that compares in some ways to Pinot Noir.

Vermont Wine Trails

The Vermont Wine and Vine Trail is one of America’s newest wine trails, introduced in October 2011. The trail is a 37-stop tour through Vermont wineries, vineyards, tasting rooms, meaderies, and cider makers. A map is available at the Vermont Grape and Wine Council site. Although the locations are scattered all across Vermont, many are on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, a popular summer and fall destination. Most Vermont wineries are open during the spring, summer and fall, but close for the winter season. Always be sure to check hours or call ahead.

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