Monday, July 28, 2014

Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou
                                                 ~Omar Khayy

Wine aficionados, connoisseurs, and oenophiles alike will be delighted to know that the Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail has officially expanded, now boasting 29 wineries and 18 cheese businesses from the dunes of Cape Cod to the hills of the Berkshires!
A wine and cheese trail in Massachusetts? That’s right, the Bay State features 40 licensed wineries, producing wine from a collection of locally grown fruits – grapes, apples, cranberries, peaches, and blueberries – across, roughly, a total of 2,200-acres of wine farm land, where 439 acres are devoted exclusively to wine production.
So, with these award-winning wines and notable cheeses, how does one embark on all that the Wine and Cheese Trail has to offer?
Well, it starts with the trail map, where you can discover wine and cheese makers by region, within a detailed, useful, road-trip-inspiring layout of the state. Ultimately, encouraging visitors – in-state and out-of-state – to learn about the art of wine and cheese making; to discover some of Massachusetts’ award-winning tastes; and to explore the bucolic, picturesque farmlands that our wonderful state has to offer.

Here’s a list of the recent additions, which include nine wineries and seven farmstead cheese producers:
                Amherst Farm Winery, Amherst
                Berkshire Blue Cheese, Dalton
                Black Birch Vineyard, Southampton
                Chase Hill Farm Cheese, Warwick
                Cricket Creek Farm Cheese, Williamstown
                Green River Ambrosia, Greenfield
                Mineral Hills Winery, Florence
                Mount Warner Vineyards, Hadley
                Northfield Mount Hermon School Cheese, Mount Hermon
                Sangha Farm Cheese, Plainfield
                The Sheperd’s Gate Dairy Goat Farm, Holland
                Upinngil Farm Cheese, Gill
                Nobscot Artisan Cheese, Framingham
                Robinson Farm Cheese, Hardwick
                Ruggles Hill Creamery, Hardwick
                Still River Winery, Harvard
                Vandervalk Farm and Winery, Mendon
                Boston Winery, Boston
                Valley View Farm, Topsfield
                Grey Barn and Farm Cheese, Martha’s Vineyard
                Mermaid Farm & Dairy, Chilmark