Any wine connoisseur knows that in order to find impressive wineries with stunning views they must travel west to California or across the Atlantic to Italy…. or do they? A quick trip across the Delaware Bay will change your mindset while saving you money on airfare. Whether your taste buds crave a nice dry Chardonnay or a sweet Moscato we’re here to point you in the right direction.
Nassau Valley Vineyards-Winery
32165 Winery Way, Lewes, DE 19958
Nassau Valley is Delaware’s first winery, located just miles from Delaware Beaches. It is tucked away on a country road between Route 9 and Route 1. This farm winery offers any wine enthusiast an array of choices between red and white. Visitors can even test their vinification knowledge at their “history of wine” museum. This award winning vineyard was founded in 1987 by a father-daughter duo on a family farm site in Lewes. The daughter, Peg, had spent years traveling for a wine oriented publication until her passion shifted from writing to wine making. The 14 wines in their product line—which consists of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot—are made using local fruit. They are now open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm for self-guided tours through their facility. Tastings are only $5 per person and available during hours of operation.
Harvest Ridge Winery
447 Westville Rd, Marydel, DE 19964
Harvest Ridge offers an escape to a simpler time when you step onto their secluded property. On a trip to South Carolina for his son’s wedding, Chuck Nunan was inspired to turn his hobby into a full-blown career choice. This beautiful dream grew into reality in 2011 with the planting of his first vines, Chardonnay, Viognier, Malbec, and Merlot. Harvest Ridge gives credit to the advantageous growing conditions such as warmer growing seasons and shallow waters. Can’t get enough? Become a Wine Club member and receive 3 bottles every three months and discounts off full case purchases. Tasting and tours are made available everyday from 12-5pm!
Pizzadili Vineyard & Winery
1671 Peach Basket Rd, Felton, DE 19943
Two brothers from Italy brought a little piece of home with them to Felton, DE when they opened up in Felton in 1993. Now they currently offer 12 different grape varieties that range from a sweet dessert white wine to a dry red wine. They grow their own grapes and make all their wines on site. They also have large venue facilities that can accommodate large party tastings with friends and family. Their facilities are open to the public daily from noon to 5pm. Tasting and tours are open during the hours of operation. You are even able to take a piece of the vineyard home with you after a tasting with one of their keepsake wine glasses.
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