Over the river and through the woods…

by agirlandhermutt on October 25, 2009

The Scientist and I went on a lovely drive through New Hampshire in order to see the leaves change color. As we went through NH we also made a couple of pit stops along the way at some local vineyards and a dairy or two. Thanks to my Mom we were armed with a great map of the wineries and had the time to waltz through the vines.

First stop…Jewell Towne Vineyards. It was a great little vineyard with a variety of wines for us to try. Our fave was the Aurore and we got to try Ice wine for the first time. The grapes that were still on the vines were just waiting to be frozen little gloves and then they would be juiced to make the ice wine. How fun is that ?!

The lovely owners of Jewell Towne told us that Zorvino Vineyards was a can not miss. It was on our map and just 30 minutes away so we made our way over to do some comparing. The grounds of Zorvino are just beautiful! Unlike Jewell, there were no grapes on the vines. That means no ice wine at this joint either. Boo. However, they had a great number of wines for us to try and the staff was super accommodating to us. We were able to taste whatever we wanted and got to see some wine making in action. The fave for Zorvino: Peachez Fruit wine. Not as sweet as we thought it would be, but very crisp and lovely. Kind of like a summer day!


After two vineyard visits it was time for some food. First stop was for some pumpkin moon pies. It is true…everything is better with pumpkin. 🙂 Next up was Via Lactea Farm. As we drove up to the farm I immediately noticed, and smelled, the goats and chickens. The dairy is actually a cute little house and they had a ton of goat cheese, raw milk and bath products available that were all made on site. We walked away with the “Lucky Seven” chevre and started the trek to North Conway, NH.


The drive through the White Mountains was absolutely beautiful. According to some of those fancy leaf changing watch websites we arrived one week past peak time. I was absolutely amazed at the colors though!


North Conway was the perfect little ski town. We stayed at a great little b & b, complete with homemade blueberry pancakes in the morning and hot cider & chocolate cake in the afternoon.
Unfortunately on the way back to Boston the next day it rained and rained and RAINED. There were some great sites as we drove through the White Mountains and I wish I could have seen what it was like during a peak non-rain day.


Our last stop before getting into Boston was at a newer vineyard to the wine scene in NH, Stone Gate Vineyard. The tasting area of this winery was absolutely perfect for a rainy day. It had a cabin look with the stone floor and exposed brick. We tasted several wines here and enjoyed a couple of them. The owners of this vineyard were so nice that I didn’t want to leave right away!


Getting up to New Hampshire was the perfect way to spend a few days. Out of the 15 vineyards we saw 3. I think I see a follow up visit in my future and hopefully it is before the leaves change color again!

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