The Pine Tree State
The land of lobsters and lighthouses, Maine was first settled by the French in 1604 and became a state in 1820 as a result of the Missouri Compromise. The Industrial Revolution brought textile mills and immigrants, and the 20th century brought tourists and outdoor adventure lovers. Today, Maine is known for the splendor of it’s natural landscapes, whether you prefer a cabin in the woods or one on the coast, for the legendary lobster dishes one can find in almost every restaurant across the state, and for it’s most famous literary son, Stephen King.
But wine… not so much. Don’t let that fool you, though. Maine has a growing wine culture with 27 wineries to date, and undoubtedly more to come. While most of the state’s wineries bring their grapes in from nearby regions, particularly New York, there are a growing number who do grow their own grapes locally. And, like many of their counterparts in other parts of New England, you’ll also find Maine winemakers producing interesting fruit wines.
|Number of Wineries:||27|
|Wine Trails:||4 – The Maine Winery Guild Wine Trail; The Down East Wine Trail; The Mid Coast Wine Trail; The Southern Wine Trail|
|Year 1st Winery Established||1996|
|Varietals Cultivated:||Cayuga, Concord, De Chaunac, Leon Millot, Marechal Foch, Niagara, Seyval Blanc|
|VinoVerve Posts:||Cellardoor Winery
~ The Wines