For those that live in New England, the arrival of spring means that the “sap season” is near the end. We’ve embraced this time of year and the tradition of boiling down sap to make maple syrup by celebrating with our annual Maple Barn Breakfast Festival.
This year marked the 4th annual event and was attended by many return customers as well as some new happy faces. We’re pleased to say that the release of our new limited edition Massetts. Maple wine added to the excitement and awakened the taste buds of our wine fans. With only 12 cases left in stock we are sure to make this wine again for next years festival.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have the weather warm up on Saturdays during the festival so that Sweet Sensations can set up their new popcorn machine and serve maple popcorn & cotton candy to our guests before they load up for the Hayride to the Maxfield’s Sugar house to see the sap boil. Local favorites Town Farm Gardens and Janice’s Kitchen have been setting up with their homemade jellies, pickles and baked goods to send the guests home with a treat after a fun filled family day.
The food has been a delicious success with Jonathan flipping just under 3,000 pancakes for the first 3 sold out weekends—a new winery record! Our kitchen assistants have mastered the skill of keeping up with the buffet demands, customer requests and all the dishes! Without them the kitchen would be a wreck, so a big THANK YOU to our girls for all their help.
The comfy couches and warm woodstove in our tasting room have provided the perfect place to relax while sipping and conversing over maple mimosas and bacon bloody marts.
For many visitors this was the perfect way to top of a wonderful day at the winery. Ken Averill of New England wine blog shared his experience at the Maple Breakfast in a recent post:
“We tasted the 6 wines which make up Hardwick’s usual stable of offerings as well as a limited edition maple wine and some wonderful hot mulled wine. The tasting started with Hardwick’s dry white “Giles E. Warner”, next the semi-sweet “Yankee Boy White, our personal favorite and through to their dry red wine, called simply “Hardwick Red.” Hardwick’s wine tasting offers excellent value. For only $6.00 we tasted 8 wines and the price included their complementary glass. Hard to beat.”
We look forward to opening the deck in April to allow have our guests to move outside and enjoy chilled bottles of wine on beautiful sunny days. We are sad to see the month come to an end, but we can’t wait to see what springs up next at the winery.
Jennifer & Jonathan
We are excited to have kicked off the 2014 season at Hardwick Vineyard and Winery this month. As you may know, the winery has been closed for the months of January and February but our fantastic team has continued to work hard to help us gear up for another amazing year.
With the help of Brian, our Director of Sales, we have expanded our retail partner locations and our wines can now be found in over 150 stores, in over 95 towns across Massachusetts! Be sure to check out our list of retail partners to see if your local store is carrying our wines.
Our calendar has also been filling up with fantastic events including our annual Maple Barn Breakfast, held every Saturday in March (be sure to make your reservations a.s.a.p.) and the annual Fathers Day Tractor Show this June. We’ll be continuing to host our hit “Girls Night Out” evenings with the first one, a Mexican Fiesta themed Girls Night Out, on May 2nd. We’ve also begun to tap into our creative side with a Paint Nite Event scheduled for April 19th and a new monthly event to showcase and celebrate local artists called “Celebrate A.R.T.“. Be sure to check out our complete calendar of events and follow us on facebook for additional information and regular event updates.
We’ve also been hard at work in the cellar perfecting our newest wine, a Limited Edition Massetts. Maple. Available in limited quantity starting this month, it is a great addition to our Maple Barn Breakfast and will be available for sale only at the Winery. Be sure to come in for a tasting and get your bottle while they are still available.
With a growing team and an ongoing focus on our local community, we are looking forward to a great 2014 season. Come in for a wine tasting, join us for an event or just stop by and grab a bottle or two of your favorite wine to enjoy at home. We hope to see you soon!
Set on 150 acres on the Ware-Hardwick line, Hardwick Vineyard & Winery makes 3,000 gallons of wine every year in six varieties from its own vineyard. Owned and operated by John and Audrey Samek and their daughter, Jenn Samek-Lutkus, the winery blends the family’s contemporary business and home life with a deep appreciation for the late 18th- century world that once thrived here.
When I want to escape from the noise and stress of city life, I head west. Not “West” west, Gold Rush west, “west of the Mississippi” west—just a short jaunt west of Boston, to Massachusetts’ North Quabbin region, for a hearty dose of country living.
HARDWICK — Gov. Deval Patrick was celebrating yesterday with wine makers from the Bay State who are hoping to continue to increase sales beyond the $1.5 million uptick they saw from 2007 to 2010.
Toasting and sampling cheeses, wines and specialty foods made in the area, the governor and Department of Agricultural Resources Chairman Greg Watson announced the expansion of the Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail during an event Thursday at Hardwick Vineyard & Winery.
Driving up to this winery I passed through some beautiful countryside scenes, however you could still see the devastation caused by both Hurricane Irene and winter storm Alfred. This was a really sad scene to see as so many tress were down across the area it’s a wonder they received power at all. But upon arrival at the vineyard the tasting room was in a big barn adjacent to the main house.