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Vermont Vineyard and Winery Open House Weekend

August 18 & 19, 2012

Hosted by the Vermont Grape and Wine Council

The Open House Weekend gives visitors an opportunity to taste wine made from grapes such as Marquette and La Crescent, delicious ice ciders, honey mead, and fruit wines; tour vineyards not usually open to the public; and learn about wine making in cold climates directly from the winemakers.

What:  VERMONT VINEYARD and WINERY OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND

When:     Sat Aug 18 & Sun Aug 19, 2012

Where:  20 Vineyards and Wineries across Vermont

Hours:    Hours vary, but the participating vineyards/wineries will be open at some point between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sat and Sun.

Cost:  Free; some wineries charge a small fee for tasting.

Details:  Tastings and tours of vineyard and wineries. Depending on the vineyard/winery, other highlights include:

  • Live music
  • Picnic lunches in the vineyard
  • Local cheese and food pairings
  • Gourmet wine-tasting lunch
  • Wood-fired flatbread pizza
  • Book readings
  • Vineyard educational tours
  • Winemaking demonstrations
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Pick-your-own orchard fruit

Participating Vermont Vineyards and Wineries: Artesano Meadery, Boyden Valley Winery,  Brick Cape Vineyard, Champlain Orchards, East Shore Vineyard, Eden Ice Cider Company, Fresh Tracks Farm, Grand View Winery, Hillis’ Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard, Honora Winery, Hunington River, la garagista, Lincoln Peak Vineyard, Mad River Vineyard, Montpelier Vineyards, Neshobe River Winery, North Branch Vineyards, Otter Valley Winery, Putney Mountain Winery, Shelburne Vineyard , and Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery.

For further information, please visit at www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com or the websites of the participating wineries.

Participating Vineyards and Wineries:

Artesano Meadery
Hours:    Sat & Sun:  2-8
Address/Directions/Contact:  1334 Scott Highway, Route 302, Groton, VT  05046
802.584.9000 or info@artesanomead.com
Activities:  Radiant Hen Publishing Children’s Book Reading and Signing by Local Authors (Saturday 3:00)
Book Signing by Nessa Flax, Local Author of Voices in the Hills (Sunday TBD)
Wine pairings by Chef Zachary Reed of Brown’s Market Bistro (Local Food with an International Flair)
Description:  Free Tastings.  Free Meadery Tours include our production facilities and a working bee hive!  Artesano Ice Cream will be scooping up our local and all natural ice cream all weekend.
www.artesanomead.com

Boyden Valley Winery
Hours:    Sat & Sun:  10-5
Address/Directions/Contact:  at the junction of Rtes 15 & 104 at 70 Vt Route 104, Cambridge, Vermont 05444.  (802) 644-8151
Description:  Nestled on a beautiful Vermont farm on a hillside, Boyden Valley Winery is the perfect place to come and enjoy cheese and a glass of wine upstairs in the historic carriage barn or outside on the terrace.
www.boydenvalley.com

Brick Cape Vineyard
Hours:    Sat:  10-5, Sun: 10-2
Address/Directions/Contact:  299 Malagash Rd, Reading, VT 05062 (map – http://goo.gl/maps/lqIe5)
**NOTE** Agony Hill does not connect to Malagash Road.  Visitors must use Tyson Road.
Contact Doug, Jeff or Christine, 802-484-9133 or ckmmck@gmail.com
Description:  This autumn will be BCV’s first harvest.  Come by, enjoy our beautiful location, view our three year old vines, ask questions about growing/wine making.  Join our email list and you’ll be notified when we are harvesting our grapes!

Champlain Orchards
Hours: Sat & Sun: 9-6
Address/Directions/Contact:  3597 Route 74 West, Shoreham, VT, between the village of Shoreham and the Larrabee’s Point ferry.   802-897-2777 or julianna@champlainorchards.com,
Activities: Free hard and ice cider tasting, Farm Market with freshly picked Japanese plums, peaches, and perhaps apples, Pick-Your-Own plums and perhaps apples
Description:    Champlain Orchards is proud to grow 50 varieties of organic and ecological apples, plus dozens of varieties of blueberries, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, and raspberries here at one of the oldest continuously operating orchards in Vermont.  Our fruit-based products – from pies to applesauce to hard and ice ciders – are made in small batches at the orchard.  We began making hard and ice ciders in 2010 and now have 3 hard ciders and 2 ice ciders that are sure to please your pallet. Please stay for a picnic and enjoy the incredible views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.
www.champlainorchards.com

East Shore Vineyard
Hours:  Sat: 12 – 9 PM,  Sun:  12 – 7 PM
Address/Directions/Contact:   28 Church Street, Burlington, VT.   802 859 9463
Activities:  Free tasting, 10% discount on all purchases, 15% discount on full case
Description:  We are a tasting room in the heart of downtown Burlington, on the Church Street Marketplace.  With café space on the walking marketplace, please join us for tasting, a glass of wine, cheese, and relaxation as you enjoy the ambiance of Burlington.
www.eastshorevineyard.com

Eden Ice Cider Company
Hours:  Sat & Sun: Noon – 6PM
Address/Directions/Contact:  Exit 25 off Route 91 [Barton]. Take Route 16 East into Barton, at bandstand in center of town, bear right up hill. At top of hill go left to stay on Route 16 East to Lake Willoughby [7.5 mi]. At Lake Willoughby, turn left onto Route 5A North.  Go 4.5 mi to Sanderson Hill Road on left.  Go .8 mi to Winery on left.  Address: 1023 Sanderson Hill Road, West Charleston, VT 05872. 802-895-2838 or contact@edenicecider.com
Activities:  Free tour and tasting with local cheese pairings
Description:  Our cidery will be open to the public for this special 2-day event.  Take a tour and learn about how we make world-class ice cider.  Taste our ciders paired with  world-classes cheeses also made in the Northeast Kingdom – Jasper Hill, Lazy Lady and Bonnieview sheep dairy. Tours and tastings are free.
www.edenicecider.com

Fresh Tracks Farm
Hours: Sat & Sun 11-6
Address/Directions/Contact:  4373 Route 12 Berlin 05602. We are 3 miles south of Montpelier on Route 12 heading towards Northfield.  info@freshtracksfarm.com
Activities:  Wine tastings and free local cheese samples.
www.freshtracksfarm.com

Grand View Winery
Hours:    Sat & Sun:  11-5
Address/Directions/Contact:  1)  E. Calais Winery:  2113 Max Gray Rd, E. Calais, VT 05650 (May also show up as Plainfield 05667 on some GPS). Off Rte 14 between E.Calais and N. Montpelier.
2)  Waterbury Ctr Tasting /Retail: 3600 Waterbury Stowe Rd, Waterbury Ctr 05677. Located on Rte 100 at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
802-456-7012 or vermontwine@graandviewwinery.com
Activities:  Close by on Rte 14 is Bragg Farm Maple Sugar House for samples of maple grades and one of the best maple soft ice creams around. Just up the road is Cabot Cheese plant for samples of their cheeses, video about Cabot, and plant tour.
Description: The winery is off the beaten track high up for spectacular views. Wines are multiple award winners, particularly our specialty fruit wines…..Strawberry Rhubarb Wine, Blackberry Wine, Cranberry Wine, and more. All made out of that specific fruit.
www.grandviewwinery.com

Hillis’ Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard
Hours:    Sat & Sun: 11-5
Address/Directions/Contact:  206 Sugarbush Farm Road, Colchester.  Interstate 89 to exit 17.  Head west off exit about 1 mile to Raymond Road exit. Left onto Raymond Road.  Take 2nd right onto Sugarbush Farm Road, follow signs to vineyard/winery.   802-893-2928 or hillisfarm@gmail.com
Activities:  vineyard tours, wine tasting, cider pressing, maple syrup and confections
Description:   Visit Colchester’s only vineyard and winery, located conveniently just off of I-89 exit 17.  Learn about the cold-hardy grape varietals grown here, tour the vineyard, and taste our delicious wines, including our signature maple wines.
http://www.hillisfarm.com

Honora Winery- two locations
Hours:  11am-5pm
Address/Directions/Contact:   201 Vt Route 112, Jacksonville, VT  05342. (802) 368-2226
Description:  Visit our flagship store in the quaint town of Jacksonville, just minutes from Wilmington and Mount Snow. Drive across the country bridge over the North River to discover the charm of our 1800 farmhouse complex which now houses our tasting room. Indulge in a sampling of our wines and then enjoy a glass of your favorite outside in our gazebo with some Vermont Artisan cheeses you’ve selected from our cheese counter.

Hours:  11am-7pm
Address/Directions/Contact:  3609 Main St, Manchester, VT  05254.  (802) 362-8008
Description:  Visit our newest location next door to the Equinox Resort in the historic Jonny Appleseed building.  Enjoy our more contemporary metropolitan feel of our store while tasting all of our great wines.  Sample some of our Reserves and discuss the upcoming wines soon to arrive. Learn about the history of Honora while taking in the beauty of the heart of Manchester.
www.honorawinery.com

Huntington River Vineyard
Hours:  Sat & Sun 12- 5 pm
Address/Directions/Contact:  344 Moody Road, Huntington,VT
contact: Meg Guilfoy, 802-434-3332, gallopingvines@aol.com
Activities:  Releasing our recently bottled red wines along with our whites.
Enjoy straight-from-the-hearth wood-fired pizza; the Noble Pig, gourmet hotdogs from Vt meats; Midnight Goat Cheese & goats; games, a stroll the vineyard, wine tastings.
Description: We are a family owned & operated vineyard with vines gracing the hillsides of our lovely farm. We grow 9 varieties of cold-hardy grapes and only bottle what we can grow here at the farm.  Our wines are available at special events, some farmer’s markets and area stores.
Huntingtonrivervineyard.com

la garagista
Hours: Sat: Vineyard tour and table d’hote vintage 2011 wine tasting lunch beginning at 12:30
Sun: Vineyard Tour and vintage 2011 wine preview open house, 3-5pm–Both Events By Reservation Only.
Address/Directions/Contact:  Guests can’t google or mapquest the address as it will send them to the wrong place!  Please contact us directly for directions.  Contact info: m: 802.291.1295, lacantina@lagaragista.com
Activities:  Sat: Vineyard tour and table d’hote vintage 2011 wine tasting lunch beginning at 12:30   Sun: Vineyard Tour and vintage 2011 wine preview open house, 3-5pm–By Reservation Only.
Description: On both days, at both events, guests will tour the gardens and vineyards with an overview of organic and biodynamic viticulture and natural wine.  They will have an opportunity to preview our 2011 vintage.  Guests will have the first chance to be able to reserve wines to be released in October of this year.
www.lagaragista.com

Lincoln Peak Vineyard
Hours: Sat & Sun:  11-5
Address/Directions/Contact:  142 River Rd, New Haven, VT  05472.  Just off of Rte 7, 3 miles north of Middlebury or 30 miles south of Burlington.  (802)-388-7368.
Activities:  Wine tasting, wine by the glass, local cheese available or bring a picnic for the porch, walk in the vineyard.  Sun 19th: live music 2-4 pm—free.
Description:  With 12 acres of vines, Lincoln Peak Vineyard grows 100% of the grapes in their wines.  A family business devoted to sustainable farming and new & delicious wines, Lincoln Peak makes something for everyone—dry to sweet; white, ros and red wines.
www.lincolnpeakvineyard.com

Mad River Vineyard
Address/Directions/Contact:  3354 E. Warren Road, Waitsfield, VT 05673.   (802) 583-1118
Activities:  Vineyard tours each day at 3:00pm featuring open discussion about “Starting and Maintaining your own Vineyard”
www.madrivervineyard.com

Montpelier Vineyards
Hours:  Sat & Sun:  12 – 4
Address/Directions/Contact:  2446 Elm St. Montpelier, VT 05602.  (802) 522-4479
Activities:  Tour of Organic Vineyard
Description:  Montpelier Vineyards is an organic vineyard growing eleven varieties of cold hardy wine grapes. Our northern grape varieties include; Red wine grapes, Marquette, Petite Pearl, St. Croix, Frontenac and Sabrevois. White wine grapes, Frontenac Gris, Prairie Star, Edelweiss, Louise, Swenson White and Frontenac Blanc.
Our Northern Varietals Grapes are being grown 100% organically on a beautiful Southern slope just outside Montpelier. Our goal is to determine which cultivars are best suited for organic cultivation in our area, then to produce organic wines that we will be proud to call Vermont wines.

Neshobe River Winery
Hours:    Sat:  11-7, Sun: 12-5
Address/Directions/Contact:  Route 73 just .75 mile East from Brandon Center to 79 Stone Mill Dam Rd, Brandon, VT.  Watch for barrel and flag for turn.  802 247 8002 or 802 353 1228.
Activities: Wood fired Pizza Fri and Sat 3-7, Plymouth Cheese tasting.
Description: Enjoy the views from vineyard while feasting on wood fired pizza.  Local wines and now hand crafted beer made on premises.
www.neshoberiverwinery.com

North Branch Vineyards
Hours:  Sat & Sun: 11-6
Address/Directions/Contact:   82 Trillium Hill, Montpelier, Vt.  From I-89, take exit 8 onto Route 2, follow signs for Route 12 North. Turn Left onto Route 12 North thorough downtown Montpelier. Continue on Route 12 North through the traffic circle. Go 3/4 around traffic circle and exit. Continue on Route 12 and take a right at the stop sign. Continue on Route 12 for approximately 1 mile. Turn Left onto Trillium Hill. Winery is on the Left.   44.279581, -72.574127.   (802) 229-6169
Activities: Sangria and Salsa, Winery Tours, Wine Production Demonstration from Crush to Labeling beginning at 2:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Description:  10% off mixed cases, 15% off mixed cases for Wine Club Members. Club Memberships will be offered during event.  We will be offering four free samples.  There is a $2 fee for Ice wine samples.
www.northbranchvineyards.com

Otter Valley Winery
Hours: Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Address/Directions/Contact:  1246 Franklin St, Brandon, VT, 05733 (one mile south from the town on Route 7).  802-247-6644 or ottervalleywinery@yahoo.com.
Activities:  Winery & Vineyard tours; pairing wine with seafood.
Description: Otter Valley Winery is family owned and operated. Steve, Ursula & little baby Sophia ensure that the wines produced here are of the highest quality. Famous for its Boston Bull  & Pink Moose wines. Check out our 7 delicious wines, seafood restaurant, 20 rental cottages & gift shop.  Our tastings are $5
www.OtterValleyWinery.com

Putney Mountain Winery


Hours: Sat & Sun: 11- 5
Address/Directions/Contact:  8 Bellows Falls Rd, Putney, VT .  802.387.4610 or 802.387.5925
Activities: Free Tastings
Description:  Putney Mountain Winery crafts premium wines from the varied fruits of the Connecticut River valley.  We offer an array of sparkling, still and dessert wines.  Come visit the winery and find the best flavor of Vermont you’ve ever tasted in a wine!
www.putneywine.com

Shelburne Vineyard
Hours:  Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm
Address/Directions/Contact:  6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482.   802 985-8222 or info@shelburnevineyard.com
Activities:  Free  tasting of 8 wines, Free tours of the vineyard and our state-of-the-art winery
www.shelburnevineyard.com

Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery
Hours:    Sat & Sun:  10 – 5
Address/Directions/Contact:   190 West Shore Road, South Hero, VT  05486.  Follow signs off of Route 2 in South Hero.  (802) 372-9463.
Activities:  Guided tour of the vineyard and winery at 2 p.m. each day.
Description:  Vermont’s oldest commercial vineyard and grape winery producing international award-winning grape wines.
www.snowfarm.com

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