As of 2009, direct shipping from wineries is permitted in the state of Maine. Shipments to a single address may not exceed 12 cases each calendar year, and retailer shipping is strictly prohibited. That's great news for wine club buyers! Here are our top wine clubs that ship to Maine:
Located in the northernmost corner of New England, the wine industry of Maine is young and fruity. Due to the state’s cold climate, it is not a particularly ideal setting for viticulture, though a limited number of wineries have begun to experiment with French hybrid varietals. Consequently, the majority of Maine’s wine production is centered around the state’s famous fruit industry, using produce such as blueberries, cranberries, apples and pears to make wine. The state currently has 27 licensed wineries and distilleries, producing over 100,000 cases annually. As hybrid varietals continue to be engineered for cold climates, the wine industry of Maine has a promising future.
The Maine Winery Guild's Wine Trail is home to over twenty vineyards and wineries, and here are some highlights to check out:
- Bar Harbor Cellars
- Blacksmiths Winery
- Cellar Door Winery
- Prospect Hill Winery
- Royal River Winery
- Salmon Falls Winery
- Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery
- Serenity Vineyards
- Tanguay & Son Winery
- The Sow's Ear Winery
Maine’s “Nap-ah” Valley Wine Tour: Inspired by the famous wine region growing region of California, the “Nap-ah” Valley Wine Tour showcases several of Maine’s Midcoast wineries in luxurious accommodations provided by All Aboard Trolley & Limousine. The tour is concluded by a scenic drive to the top of Mount Battle. Tours are offered from May to October and reservations are highly recommended. Explore New England’s “Nap-ah!”
If pairing local wines with fresh Maine lobster sounds like the perfect combination, then The Lighthouse Wine and Seafood Market is your one stop shop. Located in Manchester, this market offers a fresh selection of seafood and features the best of Maine’s wine industry. The Lighthouse Market also offers complimentary wine tastings one Friday each month.
Maine Wine Festivals