Do You LOVE Food?
With a passion for food and wine, here in the Berkshires I taste a symphony! The Berkshires abound not only with world-class cultural events but also with a plethora of extraordinary culinary experiences with chefs, bakers, oeniphiles, and a chocolatier as maestros of their own kitchens and wine cellars, orchestrating decadent and intoxicating creations.
If you share my passion, perhaps you would like to indulge in the sensual adventures of the Berkshires with a Fun for Foodies Vacation!
Wine, Cheese, and Honey Tours in the Berkshires and Nearby Pioneer Valley
AMHERST FARM WINERY
529 Belchertown Road, Amherst, MA 01002
Open Mar – Dec daily for tours and tastings 11 am – 5 pm. Amherst Farm Winery offers a memorable wine tasting experience in a 19th century post and beam barn with a state-of-the-art winery. The distinctive wines range from dry to sweet and will delight the palette. Visit the art gallery, Wine Diva Gift Shop, and plan your next event !
Creative wine selections include carrot, pumpkin, cranberry, blueberry, apple, strawberry, hard cider, non-alcohol fruit spritzer, and Amherst Farm Sour Soda.
20 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
By appointment.Berkshire Blue is an American blue cheese made completely by hand in small batches using whole unpasteurized cow’s milk and aged for 60 days. The milk is from a nearby farm whose herd of Jersey cows is dedicated solely to supplying the artisian milk to the cheese maker.
BLACK BIRCH VINEYARD
155 Glendale Road, Southampton, MA 01073
Check website for tasting and tour details. Perched on a sun-drenched hillside in the heart of the Pioneer Valley sits Black Birch Vineyard – home to handpressed, signature wines. Enjoy the distinctive local varietals born out of a passion to produce notable New England wines. Local varietals.
CHASE HILL FARM
74 Chase Hill Road, Warwick, MA 01378
By appointment. This small organic certified dairy farm in the Pioneer Valley, recently won the New England Green Pastures award for outstanding dairy. The herd of Normande cows, bred for both beef and milk production, is 100% grass fed. The cheese is aged in a special cheese cave. Farmstead Cheese, Cheddar, Dutch Gold, Feta, Italian Grace.
CRICKET CREEK FARM
1255 Oblong Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
Farm store open 7 days a week, 7 am – 8 pm. 15 Cricket Creek Farm has been handcrafting artisanal cheese in their state-of-the-art cheese making facility since 2001. Using grass-based farming techniques, the farm produces delicious, award winning farmstead cheese. Raw milk, eggs, and beef, pork and freshly baked bread from the on-farm bakery are also available. A variety of aged and fresh cow’s milk cheese including Berkshire Bloom, similar to a Camembert, and Tobasi, a semi-soft cheese with an edible rind.
FURNACE BROOK WINERY
AT HILLTOP ORCHARDS
Rt. 295/508 Canaan Road, Richmond, MA 01254
Daily free tastings at the store 9 am – 5 pm, call for tour details. Located at the 200-acre Hilltop Orchards, Furnace Brook is a quintessential example of the open spaces that once dominated the Berkshires.Apple picking, hayrides, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are options. The wines have won numerous awards.Chardonnay, Riesling, Charval, White Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Red Zinfandel, Sparkling Wine, hard cider.
100 Gould Road, Monterey, MA 01245
Roadside store and Cafe: 413-528-2633
Roadside store and Cafe open daily, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm. Gould Farm’s specialty is farmstead artisanal cheddar cheese produced in small batches from pasteurized cow’s milk and then aged from two to six months. Gould Farm produces medium cheddar in 8 to 12 pound wheels and is available smaller vacuum-sealed packages. Cheddar.
GREEN RIVER AMBROSIA
324 Wells Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Tours and tastings Fri, 12 – 6 pm. Founded in 2007, is a small artisanal meadery making the finest honey wines with local honey. Containing fresh water, raw honey, yeast, and the occasional local and/or organic herb or fruit, Green River Ambrosia meads provide the taste of a season of hard work by their bees. Meade varieties: Liquid Sunshine, Ginger Libation, Apple Cyzer, Chamomile, Winter Warmer, Bourbon Buckwheat and more…
LES TROIS EMME WINERY
8 Knight Road, New Marlborough, MA 01230
Open weekly Thurs – Sun, 12 – 5 pm; closed late Dec – early Apr, call to confirm hours. Les Trois Emme is tucked into the picturesque Berkshire Mountains in rural New Marlborough. The winery is named for Wayne and Mary Jane Eline’s first three granddaughters: Megan, Madison, and Mary Katherine.Tour the winery and picnic while enjoying award-winning wines. Cayuga White, Nick Jackson Blush, Kiyo’ Sparkling Wine, Old VineZinfandel, Shiraz-Cabernet Blend, Julia’s Ruby Red, Cabernet Sauvignon, Berkshire Red, Stingy Jack Pumpkin Wine, Wizard’s Cranberry Wine, Seyval Blanc, Malbec.
MINERAL HILLS WINERY
AT GODARD’S RED HEN FARM
592 Sylvester Road, Florence, MA 01062
Apr – Jun & Dec, Wed – Sun, 10 am – 5pm; Jul – Nov, daily 9 am – 6 pm; Apr – Dec, tastings and tours Fri – Sun 11 am – 5 pm.The winery, named for the Mineral Hills located nearby, is a part of Godard’s Red Hen Farm, a farm swathed with apple trees, grape vines, and vegetable gardens. The winery produces an array of French American and viniferous grape wines, fruit wines, and mead from honey sourced from the farm. Honey Wine (Mead), Apple, Blueberry, Chardonnay, Cayuga, Seyval Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Frontenac, Chambourcin.
MOUNT WARNER VINEYARDS
85 Mount Warner Road, Hadley, MA 01035
By appointment. Award-winning wines are produced from grapes and fruit harvested from Mt. Warner Vineyards farm and apiary. Fine honey and beeswax products are also available. The winery’s small size allows attention to the finest details, resulting in flavorful wines to enjoy every day. Red and white French-hybrid varietals, raspberry wine in a Port style, Peach-White blend.
PIONEER VALLEY FARM & VINEYARD
41 School Street, Hatfield, MA 01038
Oct – Dec: Sat – Sun 12 – 5 pm, call for appointment. Continuing a six-generation family farming tradition in historic Hatfield, Pioneer Valley Vineyard handcrafts its unique wines from the highest quality, estate grown grapes and the finest, locally grown fruits. Frontenac (dry and semi-dry), and Fruit (semi sweet: apple, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and sweet: blackberry and cranberry).
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