The American Vineyard Comes of Age

Wine country: mediterranean climates with warm, dry summers and short, rainy winters; golden sun on undulating fields; Italy, California, Argentina. Except when it’s Maryland; or Pennsylvania; or Alaska!

In fact, wine is produced in each and every one of the fifty United States. Did you know that the only nations in the world that produce more wine than the U.S. are Italy, France, and Spain? Granted, grapes don’t grow in Alaska. But Alaska wineries like Denali and Alaskan Wilderness Wines can still import grapes from other regions or make their wines using other locally-grown berries: blueberry, salmonberry, or raspberry.

Never seen a salmonberry? They look like this:

Salmonberries

Besides producing delicious beverages, wineries are also great venues for all types of events, but they’re often overlooked as potential destinations when they fall outside of what’s considered “wine country” — California, Oregon, and Washington.

Can you name three wineries in your state? If you wanted to visit a winery, would you know which one was closest to where you live? Odds are there’s one not too far away, and that it’d be a great location to host a party, wine class, or wedding, or just to tour on a sunny day.

Here are a few great hidden gems on the east coast:

1. Black Ankle Vineyards, Mt. Airy, Maryland: This eco-friendly winery boasts delicious vintages and a tasting room that looks like a cozy hobbit-house, with solar heating and a clean wood-burning fireplace. The tasting room, one of the most warmly welcoming interior spaces you’ll find anywhere, is available to rent for private events.

2. Blair Vineyards, Kutztown, Pennsylvania: Known locally for its excellent Pinot Noirs, Blair Vineyards also rents its quaint space for smaller special occasions.

3. Ravines Wine Cellars, Hammondsport, New York: There are more than two hundred wineries in New York State, so wine tourists have a lot to choose from. Located in one of the state’s richest wine-producing areas, the Finger Lakes region, Ravines Wines is famous for its Rieslings and has tasting rooms on both Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake.

So next time you’re looking for a rustic event space or a leisurely way to spend a sunny Saturday, take a look at wine growers in your region, and see what they have to offer!

ShareMySpace offers a great way for vineyards to connect with people who need event spaces. Vineyard owners and regional wine associations can use ShareMySpace to create an easy, streamlined way to book indoor and outdoor spaces for private events. No matter the size of the venue, listing is free & easy. Check it out today!

 

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