Wine and Beverages, Berkshires-style
Good food and fine drink should be among your highest priorities when you visit the Berkshires. Here are a gaggle of wineries, breweries and distillers that are open to the public, for those who enjoy touring this particular avenue of the good life.
Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail – The Beverage Trail is a two-state beverage experience. It is an association of beverage and local food producers, drawn together to tempt your taste buds. The Beverage Trail includes members Brookview Station Winery, Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery, Chatham Brewing, and Hudson-Chatham Winery, all in New York (just a jaunt over the border) and Furnace Brook Winery, of Richmond, MA (more on them in a moment). Here’s a map!
Furnace Brook Winery – Year-round wine tasting, daily, from 12-5 awaits. Both reds and whites are represented on their list of award-winning wines. Other tantalizing selections include mead, and apple ice wine.
Les Trois Emme Winery - Their reds and whites include an Old Vine Zinfandel with deep, rich flavor and hints of cocoa, and their Stingy Jack Pumpkin Wine, the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meals. It’s best to check their website directly for information about their hours and availability throughout the year. They also accommodate private wine-tastings, as well as special events such as weddings. Located in New Marlborough, MA.
Balderdash Cellars – Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5, in downtown Pittsfield, MA, the tasting room is open at this new addition to the vine scene (call for information about private tasting sessions). The grapes are from California, but the wine is all Berkshires. Their whites, rosés and reds bear whimsical names like “Truth Serum” and “Fruit of the Boot”. If Truth Serum lives up to its name, it could bear amusing results on a group tour.
Pioneer Valley Vineyard - Located in Hatfield, MA, the Burt Family has farmed in Western MA for 6 generations. Their wines include those not only of the grape, but of other fruit as well – with the most intriguing offering being a Tomato Wine. Yes…Tomato Wine. Tomato is a fruit, after all. The winery shop is open through December, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12-5.
Berkshire Mountain Distillers – No round-up of beverage producers in the Berkshires would be complete without a mention of Berkshire Mountain Distillers (http://berkshiremountaindistillers.com/home/) . Berkshire Mountain Distillers are the producers of the New York Times #1 Gin, Greylock Gin. They also recently made news for producing a spirit from Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Vodka, rum, bourbon and corn whiskey…there’s a little something for everyone at Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Though you cannot purchase their spirits on site, you CAN find them at the Berkshire Brewing Company, another great place to stop on your beverage tour. Established in 1994, they’re located in South Deerfield, MA – and they give brewery tours every Saturday.
Please feel free to enjoy the spoils of your touring once you return to Hampton Terrace – our bar is a cozy, welcoming space made for just such occasions.