Impeccable original micro brew ales aren’t the only thing Vermont has to offer visitors in the fall. The leaves are changing from green to the most beautiful red, orange and yellow, there’s crispness in the air and best of all, there’s plenty of wine to enjoy! The Vermont wine trail has 21 wineries that are just waiting for you to come and experience all their regional grapes have to offer.
The Vermont cottage wine industry is growing more and more by the year. Grape varieties like Frontenac, La Crescent and Marquette all grow in Vermont and are used to create award-winning sweet and dry wines. Combined with the grape growing of Vermont are beekeepers and fruit farms. Fresh, sweet honey along with apples and citrus fruits can also be found mixed into the wine.
Vermont’s two specialty dessert wines are exclusive to only a few regions in the whole country. Including ice wine and ice cider, the unique varieties are popular throughout the wineries of the Vermont wine trail. Ice wine is made from grapes that aren’t picked off the vine until they have been frozen by the cold weather. Ice cider is made similarly, but with apples instead of grapes.
Throughout over 150 miles of interstate exist wineries like Boyden Valley Winery, Eden Ice Cider Company and Snow Farm Vineyard. Each are a little different and have a uniqueness to offer both new and veteran wine trail explorers. There are maps available online and at area hotels so wineries can easily be driven to or located by taxi.
More than 3 million people visit Vermont in the fall, just to see the beautiful foliage and scenery. If you plan on being one of them, you can take your trip a step farther by spending some time on the wine trail. Sipping ice wine or cider and enjoying the scenery is a picture-perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Vermont with your family and friends.