Statewide Open Winery Day Set for September 16

Keith Bodine, owner of Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery in Union, tends the still.
Keith Bodine, owner of Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery in Union, tends the still.
Posted Sept. 07, 2012, at 4:56 p.m.
The vineyards at You-nity Winery in Unity.
The vineyards at You-nity Winery in Unity.
Grapes begin their transition into wine at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville.
Grapes begin their transition into wine at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville.
True Horsepower at Oyster River Winery and Vineyard in Thomaston.
True Horsepower at Oyster River Winery and Vineyard in Thomaston.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.


For more information: Bettina Doulton, President, Maine Winery Guild; 207-763-4478;

From one end of the state to the other, members of the Maine Winery Guild will welcome visitors to sample their products and toast the harvest season on Open Winery Day, Sunday September 16.

Guild members are planning a wide range of special entertainment and presentations as well as behind-the-scene tours of the facilities where wine, mead, and other fermented and distilled beverages are being made here in Maine.

“It’s very exciting to see how Maine winemaking has grown over the past few years, and we want to celebrate that growth with visitors,” says Guild president, Bettina Doulton. “We think people will be surprised to learn just how much is going on!”

Visitors are encouraged to plan their daytrip through the countryside using the Maine Wine Trail map, available at Highlights of Open Winery Day will include live music, art exhibits, special tastings, local artisanal food samplings, food and wine pairings, and winemaking demonstrations.

The following members of the Maine Winery Guild will be offering special activities on Open Winery Day. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Bartlett Winery, Gouldsboro; 207-546-2408;

Marking their 30th year of winemaking in Maine, Bartlett will offer wine tastings plus presentations by the winemaker, a wine importer, and a specialty wine shop owner. There will be demonstrations of wood-fired oven cookery, and artisans from a local cheese company and a smokehouse will be on hand. A tasting from Bartlett’s library of exceptional aged wines will be available by advance reservation.

Blacksmith’s Winery, South Casco; 207-655-3292;

A progressive food and wine pairing throughout the winery, with a limited supply of complimentary glasses, will feature Smiling Hill Farm cheeses, Jim’s Chocolates, and other specialties.

Breakwater Vineyards, Owls Head; 207-594-1721;

Tours of the winery will be complemented by samples (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) of Appleton Creamery’s award-winning goat cheeses.

Catherine Hill Winery, Cherryfield; 207-546-3426;

Live music, local cheese and chocolate makers, and special tastings in addition to the winery’s regular tastings will be featured. Art in the Vineyard will be presented in partnership with Tunk Mountain Art and Craft Gallery.

Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville; 207-763-4478;

Chocolate and wine pairings, wine tastings, barrel tastings, and vineyard and winery tours will highlight the day.

The Fat Friar’s Meadery, Newcastle; 207-563-5382;

Harking back to the origins of mead, a medieval party will include a gypsy minstrel ensemble, lords and ladies, belly dancers, and perhaps even knights demonstrating the finer points of chivalry and sword fighting. Medieval pastimes and crafts will be explained, and the Fat Friar will give tours of the meadery and pour tastings.

Maine Mead Works, Portland; 207-773-6323;

Complimentary Maine Winery Guild glasses will be available.

Oyster River Winery and Vineyard, Thomaston; 354-7177;

Visitors may tour the farm and watch draft horse-powered demonstrations in the vineyard (noon– 2 p.m.). There’ll be wood-fired pizzas by Uproot Pie Company and ice cream by Stone Fox Creamery.

Prospect Hill Winery, Lebanon; 207-651-9335;

Food and wine pairings will be offered along with vineyard tours, demonstrations of winemaking equipment, and a discussion of grapes suited to the Maine climate.

Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, Union; 207-785-2828;

There will be vineyard tours, grape tastings, and winery demonstrations. Maine singer/songwriter Don Campbell will perform from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, Union; 207-785-3024;

In addition to regular offerings, there will be distilling demonstrations and a special cocktail sampling.

Two Hogs Winery, Vassalboro; 207-660-5594

Samplings of local products will include cheeses, breads, and chocolates.

You-nity Winery, Unity; 207-948-7777;

Grape stomping and a live band will get things going. There’ll be alpacas to meet, artwork on display, and winery tours, too.

For more information, contact the individual wineries or visit