Wine Adventures WESTPORT RIVERS VINEYARD & WINERY
from Clarke, at the Massachusetts Wine Shop at Boston Public Market
Our wine shop manager Alan and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery
, located in Southeastern Massachusetts. Alan has been several times, but this was my first visit to the largest vineyard in New England. The drive is about an hour south of Boston. Westport, the town closest to the winery, is a beautiful small town adjacent to the Westport River that empties into the Atlantic. During the scenic approach, there are several river embankments and tall tree canopies, until you reach a clearing where it is suddenly vineyards as far as the eye can see!
Upon arrival we were greeted by Yvonne and Cory who welcomed us to the winery. Cory is Westport Rivers’ wine educator and he toured us through the vineyards and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the winery. In their vineyard they grow about 16 different grape varietals, with the three that go into their sparkling wines being the most important: pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay. During the tour of their production facilities it was very impressive seeing all the French equipment they use, since they specialize in traditional method sparkling wines, on par with the best in Champagne, France.
After the tour we headed back to the tasting room where we sampled nearly all of Westport’s offerings! 20+ wines ranging from white to red, sweet to sparking, and even some of the vermouths they are beginning to produce. My personal favorites were their chardonnay wines, in all of its forms. First, there were the lees-aged and barrel fermented still wines that b
oth had great structure. Next, there was the 2001 Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, made from 100% chardonnay, which we have at the shop and is one of the best sparkling wines I have ever had. Lastly was their Grace Chardonnay, a sweet aperitif wine, which was nothing short of heavenly. It is a mix of their own clear brandy of chardonnay blended with chardonnay juice and aged in French oak, resulting in a delicious golden nectar.
Before the summer ends I highly recommend taking a day trip down to Westport Rivers to take in the beautiful area and equally terrific wines. Stop by our Wine Shop at the Boston Public Market before heading to Westport and pick up a voucher from us (good for two free tastings!) If you can’t make it down to Westport then just swing by the Massachusetts Wine Shop , we have plenty of Westport Rivers wines in stock to keep your glasses full.