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Maine's Growing Wine Industry

By Penny - Freelance Writer - Article Added ( 03/05/2009 )

Pictures of small harbors lined with lobster boats, mountain scenery, and wildlife may come to mind when you think of Maine.  After all, Maine is well-known for its rocky coastline, moose, and lobster.  In 1975, Maine only had one winery.  By 2005, the number of maine wineries had reached ten and the following year, the maine wine industry numbers increased by two more.*  The fact is Maine’s growing wine industry will soon have Maine wine a must-have for all wine connoisseurs.

With its long tradition in agriculture, it is no wonder that Mainers branched off into the direction of winemaking.  While Maine is certainly not the best environment for grapes to thrive, the successful Maine winery takes advantages of the unique offerings that Maine bears.  From blueberries and apples to raspberries and elderberries, the Maine winery is on its way to becoming a key player in the wine industry. 

Popular with both Maine natives and tourists, Maine’s blueberry wine takes the lead.  Using native Maine blueberries, the Maine winery is able to create a unique wine with a dry, zesty appeal.   Finding the blueberry wines go well with fresh game and venison from Maine has made it a favorite among many.

Apples grow in abundance in Maine and many Maine wineries have delved into the production of apple wines.  Using native apples, the Maine wine is very smooth on the palate and this Maine wine goes great with many of the seafood dishes found in the area.  An offering at many of the local restaurants throughout the state, you’ll find many variations, such as apple-pear and apple-blueberry, to quench your thirst. 

The local Maine winery has spent its time well.  Taking the well-known fruits of Maine, they have experimented, tested, and over time, created a Maine wine that is full of flavor and enjoyed by many.  With the growth continuing, those who visit Maine must take the time to visit a Maine winery.  They will find the scenery breathtaking while they enjoy the ample and distinct, fruity offerings of the Maine made wine.  

Check Out: Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery or Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery

Source: http://www.wineamerica.org/newsroom

About The Author: Penny Harmon

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Posted by Steve V, April 18, 2009 - 10:20 am

Been there. Loved it! Also going back.

Posted by Lindy, April 11, 2009 - 07:42 am

I have been to both of these wineries in Union, ME. They were very good wines and the distillery made Gin and fabulous vanilla. The sales people were excellent and we plan to go back again.

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Posted by Carla, April 08, 2009 - 01:53 pm

I searched this site for "Winery" and got a few companies. Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, call them yourself and get the details....

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Posted by Jacquelyn Cressy, April 01, 2009 - 08:21 am

Where are the wineries? What are their names? When are they open? Do they offer tours or tastings?

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