On September 15th, 2018 wineries across the state will be hosting tastings, tours, and special events to celebrate Maine Open Winery Day. It’s an opportunity for Maine’s winemakers to showcase their wineries and for customers to learn more about making wine from traditional and not-so-traditional products.
Starting with a single winery in 1983 making blueberry wine, Maine winemakers are now using grapes, native fruits, and even maple syrup to produce wines that are garnering regional, national and even international awards. Each winery has special products, great stories, and a lot to share with the public about what makes their products special whether it’s wine, mead, cider, or spirits. This is an opportunity for them to share their stories and showcase their products.
We will be updating this page with all of the events you can participate in all over the state.
Anthony Lee’s Winery
11am – 6pm
Live music by our friend and local musician Everett Dumas from 1 to 4 p.m. Maine cheeses and chocolates will be available for sampling along with our fine wines.
Bar Harbor Cellars
Bartlett Maine Estate Winery – Spirits of Maine Distillery
11am – 4:30pm
Boothby’s Orchard and Farm
12pm – 6pm
Walk through the vineyards, sample the grapes, visit the winery, ask questions and enjoy a wine tasting. Take the wagon ride down to the pondside orchard, pick some apples, bring a picnic, take in the farm and stay awhile. It’s our favorite time of year! Snack items available for purchase.
12pm – 5pm
For Open Winery Day we offer tours of our winery at 1 and 3 pm and wine and food pairings. In addition to our regular wine sampling, we will be opening up some of our Estate Sparkling Wine for tasting. It is a great time of year to walk through the vineyards, visit with our resident dairy goats and chickens and enjoy the coast of Maine. Our front porch and back patio await!!
Catherine Hill Winery
2pm – 5pm
Featuring a variety of local food offerings and special release barrel tastings. Snack items for purchase.
11am – 3pm
Offering winery tours, vineyard tours, and food and wine pairings in the vineyard.
Dragonfly Farm & Winery
Fat Friar’s Meadery
12pm – 5pm
The Fat Friar’s Meadery will celebrate “Open Winery Day” by offering food pairings to accompany their five different styles of mead. Just remember… It’s five O’clock somewhere, and on open winery day it will be five O’clock here.
1pm – 5:30pm
Portersfield Cider is a farm-based cider producer and conservation center devoted to preserving and evaluating rare fruits, including over 225 varieties of apples. On open Winery Day they will offer cider pressing, and pairings of local cheeses with small batch hard ciders from wild seedling and heirloom apple trees. They will also have live music – a trio called Le Bon Truc. More details and directions on their Facebook event.
Portland Brew Bus Open Winery Day Tour
Including: Cellardoor Winery at the Point, Maine Mead Works, and eighteen twenty wines
5pm – 8:15pm
Hop on the big green bus to enjoy and explore Greater Portland’s unique and growing wine scene! Tickets available on their website.
Prospect Hill Winery
11am – 4pm
We will be pairing 6 different wines with 3 different foods, along with vineyard tours, equipment displays and winemaking information.
Ricker’s Hard Cider and Winery at Wallingford’s Fruit House
Our farm will be in the middle of harvest and will have PYO apples available with wagon rides in the orchard. We have a farm stand and kid play area with a petting area and corn maze (admission required). Our outdoor tasting room will have tastings available.
Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery
Throughout the day we will offer wine tastings and tours of the winery and vineyard where you can see and sample grapes ripening on the vine. Join in our cookout where you can purchase our gourmet farm raised burgers and other treats, as well as local beers and mixed drinks.
12 pm – 5 pm
Music and Food from the Farm.
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery
11 am – 5 pm
We’ll be tasting fresh fermenting blueberry wine from the fermentation tank. Winemaker, distiller, and owner, Keith Bodine, will be on hand for tours and questions.
Sow’s Ear Winery
Tree Spirits will be hosting local food producers Stone Fox Farm Ice Cream, Kennebec Cheesery, Christopher Hastings Chocolates, and The Maine Crisp Company this year for Open Winery Day. Join us for live music, tasty snacks, and award-winning, locally sourced wines.
Two Hogs Winery
It’s that time again for the annual Open Winery Day. Come and enjoy great wines, tasty snacks, and one heck of a good time!! Looking forward to greeting all familiar faces and new ones. Snack items free.
Vista of Maine Vineyard and Cidery
Come take in the view and see why we are called Vista of Maine. Our farm will be in the middle of harvest and will have PYO Apples available. We have a Farm Stand with baked goods and our Tasting Room will have tastings available.
Here’s what will be going on, so come and visit us and enjoy savors and flavors of the season.
11 am – 4 pm
Former 4 Points BBQ “king” Chris Parlin will be at the winery with his Com N’ Git Er BBQ and serving up some delicious food to enjoy. You can purchase a lunch of BBQ smoked chicken and ribs along with baked beans and coleslaw for $15 and sit and enjoy a cold one (cider, beer or wine for $5 per glass) on the porch or in the tasting room. YUM!!
1 pm and 3 pm
Tours of the winery with the winemaker, Mike
Free wine, cider (and beer) samplings from 11a-5p
Special pricing on some of our products that day.
9am – 6pm
Enjoy FREE tastings of Younity’s ‘not normal’ and very younique wines. They are all Maine sourced, providing award-winning, non-traditional, pure fun in the glass wines.
Tour our American Grapes vineyard with ripe tasty clusters right on the vines as well as well as a production room full of wines to try in-process.
This is NOT your normal 15 minute tour….please allow extra time for your whole experience.