GILFORD — The seven Lakes Region wineries will be holding their 3rd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend on October 5 and 6. Participating wineries include Coffin Cellars, Stone Gate Vineyard, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Hermit Woods Winery, and the Lakes Region's newest winery, Newfound Lake Vineyards.
Explore the wineries of the Lakes Region. Taste young wines directly from the oak and stainless steel barrels that are used to ferment and age wine in, meet the wine makers, tour the wine making facilities, and learn all about the wine making process. In addition, many of the wineries will be hosting local vendors and offering special foods and wine-related items to guests. There is no cost to participate, although some wineries do require the purchase of a tasting glass in order to taste wine. Glasses sell for between$3-$5 and you take the glass home with you.
Participating vendors include Tomina's Cookie Dough, Little Linda's Embroidery, Red Fox Farm, Still Seeking Farm, Mystic Eye Creations, Bubble and Flame Soap and candle, Bread Peddler, Herbal Earth, Michelle's Totally Awesome Popcorn, Mitchell's Fresh Salsa, Winni Woods Farm, Sharon's Granola, Popcorn Passion, Spring Hill Farm, Hand Made Pet Company, and many more.
Those who visit all seven participating wineries on Barrel Tasting Weekend will be entered into a drawing to win either a three night stay at the Lake House at Ferry Point in Sanbornton valued at over $800 or a two-night stay at Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith, valued at over $700.
Other prizes for visiting four or more wineries include a two-night stay at Steele Hill Resort valued at $300, a two night stay at the Black Swan Inn in Tilton valued at $250.00, a one night stay at the Coppertoppe Inn and Retreat Center, valued at $189, a one night stay at the The Henry Whipple House in Bristol, valued at $165, a dinner for two at Gilmanton Winery's restaurant valued at $100, a gift basket made up of wine and wine related items from each winery valued at over $100, a weekend or two night stay, valued at $74 Cozy Pond Camping Resort, dinner for two at the Flying Goose Pub, valued at $50, dinner for two at the Millstone Restaurant, valued at $50.
All seven Lakes Region wineries pride themselves on crafting quality New Hampshire grape, fruit, and honey wines, many of which have received awards in national and international tastings. Most of the wineries grow grapes in their own family vineyards, and all of them place the greatest emphasis on locally grown fruit and honey, working closely with local farmers and pickers to find the best possible fruit with which to make their wine. Lakes Region wines are available in the wineries' tasting rooms as well as restaurants and wine shops throughout New Hampshire.
Ken Hardcastle, Hermit Woods Winery (Courtesy photo)