On September 16th, 2017 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 featuring JT Curran, a mixture of oldies and classic rock sprinked with a touch of blues and originals. Serving cheese, crackers and wine. Live music 1pm – 4pm
Bartlett Maine Estate Winery & Spirits of Maine Distillery
10am – 4:30pm
Wine and spirits tasting all day.
12pm – 3pm – Wood fired pizza
3pm – Guided tour of winery and distillery with winemaker-distiller.
Boothby’s Orchard and Farm
12pm – 6pm
Come to Boothby’s and taste their Estate Apple and Grape Wines. Wagon rides will be running all day so you can explore our 150-year-old farm and pick apples if you like. Walk through the old milking parlor and see the conversion to a winery with oak barrels and stainless steel vessels. The vineyard is loaded with grapes this year and you may be able to pick if the vintner thinks the grapes are at their peak sweetness. They will also have free cheese and cider samples.
12pm – 5pm
Wine and pizza pairings, tours of the winery, vineyards and meet and greet with the dairy goats.
Catherine Hill Winery
2pm – 5pm
Visit and learn firsthand how Catherine Hill’s wines are made. They will have winemaking demonstrations, tastings of their grape and berry wines including a barrel tasting and a variety of locally produced foods and treats available.
Cellardoor at the Point
12pm – 7pm
Head over to Thompson’s Point for $8 food and wine pairing starting at noon (until it is gone). They will also be offering a complimentary wine tasting with the purchase of any bottle of wine.
12pm – 3pm
Food and wine pairings with White’s Salami. Vineyard and Winery Tours. More details on their Facebook page.
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. Guests will be entertained by the smooth sounds of Lincoln Academy’s 5’Oclock combo jazz ensemble. Just remember… It’s five O’clock somewhere, and on open winery day it will be five O’clock here. Music will begin around 1 p.m.
Hidden Spring Winery
12pm – 5pm
Crushing and pressing apples and bottleing demonstration. Plus an all you can eat Soup and Salad Bar for $9.95.
Other vendors on site as well selling goat cheese, apples, fresh butter and gourmet popcorn.
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 at portersfieldcider.com.
Portland Brew Bus Open Winery Day Tour
Including: Sweetgrass Old Port, Cellardoor Winery at the Point, Maine Mead Works, and eighteen twenty wines
3:15pm – 7:15pm
Visit four wine producers that are making extraordinary wine all within the city limits of Portland with the Maine Brew Bus. The Maine Brew Bus will be picking up and dropping off at Old Port Spirits on Commercial Street. Tickets are $65 and available on their website. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Maine Winery Guild.
Prospect Hill Winery
11am – 4pm
Visit Prospect Hill Winery and enjoy six of our award winning wines paired with three different foods. Take a
vineyard tour, seeing grapes almost ready for harvest and learn how they go from vine to wine. Experience Maine
wines made exclusively from Maine grapes.
Free tasting of their non-alcoholic cider at all three of their tastings rooms.
Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery
Schedule of events for the day :
11 am – Grape Testing & Tasting
See what is involved in ensuring the grapes are at the perfect stage for harvest.
12 pm – Lunch
Gourmet burgers from farm raised beef will be available for purchase.
1:30 pm – Grape Testing & Tasting
In case you missed the 11am session. See what is involved in ensuring the grapes are at the perfect stage for harvest.
3 pm – Tour of the Winery
They will be showing off the equipment used for winemaking, from grape to glass.
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery
11 am – 5 pm
Join Sweetgrass for a tasting of wines and spirits paired with Sweetgrass Creamery cheese. Wine, spirits, and cheese all made right on the farm! Graffam Bros. Seafood, a third generation family business, will be on hand to serve up their award winning specialties like lobster rolls and homemade chowders.
Keith and Constance Bodine, owners of Sweetgrass, will be teaching a short class at Noon and 2 pm on how to taste wine and help you order and enjoy wine with confidence. We’ll give you fun and informative pointers on how to buy and serve wine without the worry.
Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) will be joining us for the day to lead guided hikes on the Carroll Farm Trail at Sweetgrass Winery.
Ever thought of starting a farm winery or distillery yourself? Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) will be onsite. MFT’s goal is not just to protect Maine farmland, but to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers, and their communities, thrive. MFT and MVLT members who visit Sweetgrass or those who sign up to be a member at the event will receive a free wine tasting!
Tree Spirits of Maine
Join us to find out how different processes change the flavors of our locally sourced apple, pear, and maple wines and spirits. Tastings are $5 and include the glass. You’ll also get to experience how to drink Absinthe and hear some of the history behind the legendary Green Fairy.
Two Hogs Winery
Special events – more details coming soon.
11am – 5pm
Free samplings of wine, cider, and beer.
12pm – 2pm
Kim Dahger, chocolatier, of Savour Chocolate in Veazie, will be sampling some of her delectable gourmet chocolates. And of course, dessert wines for pairing.
11am – (until the supply runs out)
In-house smoked wings to enjoy that pair perfectly with cider (and of course with smoked beer).
1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Tours of the winery with the winemaker.
9am – 6pm
Enjoy FREE tastings of Younity’s ‘not normal’ wines. They are all Maine sourced, providing award-winning, non-traditional, pure fun in the glass wines.
Fredrickson Farms here presenting their wonderful variety of goat cheeses. They will also have lots of hardy stews and artesian breads to pair with their hardier wines.
Tours tehir American Grapes vineyard with ripe tasty clusters as well as well as a production room full of wines to try in-process.