Massachusetts Wineries

Picture of Wine in the Nashoba Valley Winery Tasting Room

Nashoba Chardonnay in the Nashoba Valley Winery Tasting Room

Massachusetts conjures up images of the American Revolution, Cape Cod summers, theater and music in the Berkshires, and more. However wineries are not typically top of mind when one thinks of Massachusetts. But the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been a wine producing state since 1971 when Chicama Vineyards on Martha’s Vineyard was established. While Chicama is sadly no longer in business, the Massachusetts wine industry is flourishing and the state is home to over 20 wineries.

There are two American Viticultural Areas in Massachusetts, the Southeastern New England American Viticultural Area (AVA), which was established in 1984 and also includes Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the Martha’s Vineyard AVA which was established in 1985 and ironically no longer has any operating wineries in it.

Many Massachusetts wineries are also part of the Coastal Wine Trail of Southeastern New England, a wine trail that extends from Connecticut out to the tip of Cape Cod.

As is true with other regions as far north as Massachusetts, the wineries in the state make a mix of wine from grapes as well as wine from other fruit such as apples, pears, and berries.

The Wineries of Massachusetts

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