When it comes to planning a wine tour, few may think of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. But hidden among the rolling hills and fertile valleys you’ll find a number of boutique wineries crafting unique blends with catchy names. The pioneering winemakers of the Berkshires have established the area as one of the newest and most creative wine regions in the country. Come visit their lovely tasting rooms, stroll through the orchards, pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery. What could be more fun than meandering through the Berkshires, sipping and swirling wine, while adding a few unique wines from the region to your collection at home? Three of our favorite wineries are located within an easy drive of the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast. Here are some thoughts of what to expect at each of them.
“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” ? Andre Simon
Furnace Brook Winery/Hilltop Orchards, 508 Canaan Road, Richmond, MA
Family-owned and operated, this 200-acre historic property offers more than just wine. With an on-site orchard and miles of Nordic trails open for cross-country skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing, this lovely property is a must see when visiting the Berkshires. Pick your own apples in season, tour the grounds on a hayride during in fall, and take home freshly-baked pies, cider donuts, and scones any day of the year. Open daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Les Trois Emme Vineyard and Winery, 8 Knight Road, New Marlborough, MA
Opening for the season on April 25, 2020, this winery is most famous for its Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine. Tours and tastings involve learning a bit about the process of wine making in the spacious tasting room. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the grounds or in the gazebo, and check their calendar regularly for special events, like Paint and Sip nights. You can purchase their wines directly from the vineyard and at several retailers through Massachusetts.
Balderdash Cellars, 81 State Road, Richmond, MA
Producing ultra-premium wines with curious names, like “Truth Serum”, “Tollbooth”, and “Brakelight”, Balderdash epitomizes the culture of volunteerism, as friends and family members assist in the many tasks in the wine-making process throughout the year. The tasting room is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM or by appointment. Join the fun on Saturday afternoons for live music with local performers.
The Berkshire wine region is ripe for expansion. Soon you’ll be seeing labels from Berkshire winemakers on restaurant wine lists and the shelves of your favorite wine purveyor. Book your favorite room at the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast and plan your Berkshire wine tour today.