Wine Tasting 101 with a Local Twist

 Having been with Hardwick Vineyard and Winery (HVW) for almost a year and a half, with over 150 wine tastings under my belt, I’d like to share with you how a wine tasting with HVW is different from your typical wine tasting.

Wine Tasting

As a local family owned and operated Massachusetts vineyard and winery, we bring a much different wine tasting experience to our customers than what you may experience at most wine tastings. To help our customers appreciate the entire HVW experience we pride ourselves on sharing our story with each and every customer that samples our wines. Whether it’s talking about the renovation of the 1795 Giles E. Warner mansion or the building of the 5000 square foot mortise and tenon timber frame barn from oak trees that were cut down to plant the 9 acres of French hybrid grape vineyards, we have a story to tell and we enjoy telling it.

Additionally, we feel it is our responsibility to educate our customers on what goes into each and every bottle of handcrafted wines from our winery. The use of French hybrid grapes such as Cayuga White, Marechal Foch, Catawba, Seyval Blanc, and Vidal Blanc lends itself to a much different conversation than a conversation about wines produced from your typical Vinifera varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Cabernet Sauvignon. I’ve often heard customers discussing how “just the smell of the wine brings me back to my childhood and reminds me of the wild grapes that we grew in our back yard.” 

Another great part of sharing our story and wines with people is their reaction when they actually try the wines. Our award winning and best selling Massetts Cranberry wine is made with 10% locally grown cranberries from the Prouty Farm in Hardwick and always leaves a smile on people’s faces.  The slightly sweet yet perfectly balanced Yankee Boy White also usually receives a positive reaction that often includes: “That is not what I was expecting.  It is nicely balanced with great fruit, nice acidity and just a touch of sweetness.

While one of our biggest goals is to share our story along with our wines, we also feel tastings are a fantastic opportunity to help educate our customers on the overall Massachusetts wine movement.  People are always amazed when I tell them that there are now over 40 local wineries throughout the state and that each winery has its own story to tell along with some great wines to taste!

If you’re interested in trying our wines, learning about the history of HVW, or the Massachusetts wine movement come and join us for a tasting!  Whether it is at the Winery in our tasting room bar or at a tasting at one of our 170 retail partners throughout the state, stop by to say hello and we’ll do our best to educate and entice your taste buds with incredible wines with a local twist!

Happy Tasting!
~ Brian White