Most are familiar with California’s Napa Valley, but did you know that Maine boasts its very own “wine country,” too? It’s a little-known fact that Maine’s rocky shores are perfect for procuring one-of-a-kind wines. The best way to experience New England’s finest wines is to explore the Maine Wine Trail! Here are just a few of the best Midcoast Maine wineries to visit along this route.
Enjoying a drink or two on the Maine Wine Trail is just one of the many incredible things to do here in Midcoast Maine. Planning an unforgettable vacation here can be overwhelming, but our complimentary Boothbay Harbor Vacation Guide can help! In addition to the area’s best wineries, the guide features our favorite restaurants, shops, and annual events. Access it for free and cut your planning time in half!
Everything You Need to Know About the Maine Wine Trail
About the Maine Wine Trail
The Maine Wine Trail, which stretches across several towns in Southern Maine, consists of 20 local wineries. Visit one or two of these wineries and see why locals love Maine’s grape, apple, berry, and mead wines! No matter which of the participating vineyards you choose to explore, Maine’s gorgeous coast makes for a beautiful drive. For a truly special experience in Maine, pair your visit to the Wine Trail with an event like the Boothbay Harbor Wine and Food Festival!
3 of the Best Stops to Make Along the Trail
About an hour south of The Russell House Bed and Breakfast is Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, Maine. This Maine Wine Trail stop offers both delectable wines and a unique backstory! The winery’s signature logo represents the vineyard’s humble beginnings. Over 100 years ago, a homeless traveler stayed on the farm. Upon leaving, he carved that same symbol into the property’s cellar door. It was a sign to other travelers that this was a welcoming, hospitable place to be. Be sure to visit one of Cellardoor Winery’s two locations or attend one of their wine-inspired events!
Prospect Hill Winery
Prospect Hill Winery in Lebanon, Maine, is another fantastic stop to make along Maine’s Wine Trail. Here, both white and red wines are created using 13 different grape varieties. This family-owned vineyard has achieved plenty of recognition for its lovingly crafted wines, so it’s an excellent choice! Prospect Hill Winery is two hours south of The Russell House Bed & Breakfast, which means it’s a perfect stop for those heading north toward Boothbay Harbor (or those embarking on a Boston-to-Maine road trip)!
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery
Another favorite Maine winery is Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery. This popular stop is located in Union, Maine, less than an hour away from downtown Boothbay Harbor. Here, visitors get to taste fruity wines, distilled spirits, and more! Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery also sells everything you need to create the perfect cocktail, including ingredients like bitters. During a visit, we recommend trying a “smash,” what Sweetgrass calls their unexpected blend of brandy, maple syrup, and fermented fruit!
Maine’s many wineries are some of the state’s best-kept secrets. Whether you’re traveling from far away or a few towns over, Boothbay Harbor is the perfect place to stay during a visit to the Maine Wine Trail! The Russell House Bed & Breakfast is an ideal home-away-from-home featuring modern amenities and plenty of historic charm. Our boutique hotel’s chic guest rooms, comfortable furnishings, and exceptional breakfast make staying here a truly one-of-a-kind experience. We even offer an array of getaway specials and add-ons to transform any trip into a celebration!