You are invited to sample from the best wineries and breweries that Maine has to offer! Proud owners and brew masters are in their Cross Insurance Center vendor booths, and will happily discuss tours and samplings at their locations, pairings, and where to purchase in your locale. Cross Insurance Center wristbands allow four samples for $6 or 8 samples for only $10. A $10 sampling offers two wristbands. Cheers!
Catherine Hill Winery
Maine. The way life should be. Worth a visit, worth a lifetime. How many times over the years have we driven past these words at Maine’s border, and along with millions of others wondered if there wasn’t some way to turn a dream into reality.
After locating the perfect spot for our winery in beautiful Cherryfield, we set about transforming a neglected 1860′s farm into Catherine Hill Winery. Now, we proudly offer our wines for your tasting pleasure.
A rustic barn, held fast by thoughtful post and beam joinery, is home to our winery and tasting room. Within the space of our winery we craft small batch premium wines. Our annual production is just 400 cases. We use classic Vinifera, French and American Hybrid grape varieties, as well as the finest Maine Cranberries and Wild Blueberries from Washington County to make our wines. Our Vineyard is planted with cold hardy varietals, able to thrive in Maine’s cooler climate and shorter growing season.
Discover Washington County - Discover Downeast Maine! Stop in and say hello. Catherine Hill… we’re all about wine.
All of us at Cellardoor Winery take pride in our wines and in making your visit here memorable. We are honored to be the caretakers of this very special place, a 68-acre, century-old farm in Lincolnville that has had only a handful of owners since its fields were first plowed. We restored the beautiful 1790s barn several years ago, and more recently we have completely restored the old farmhouse and built a state-of-the-art Winery across the road. Our expert winemaker is educated in all aspects of the art and science of winemaking and specializes in making wine in handcrafted batches. Sourcing our grapes from premier vineyards across the country and our blueberries locally, we proudly offer a broad selection of varietals to tempt every palate. Our wines range from crisp and dry, to velvety and robust, to delicately sweet. It is our goal to create the very best wines we can, and to offer you a winery experience that is rich and memorable.
Maine Mead Works
Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 with the goal of re-introducing the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages. Using locally sourced honey, clear, pure water and our own proprietary yeast strain, we blend ancient tradition and modern science to produce distinctive wines at our meadery in downtown Portland, Maine. In collaboration with South African scholar Dr. Garth Cambray, Maine Mead Works developed a state-of-the-art continuous fermentation system, bringing mead making into the 21st century. HoneyMaker, a decidedly modern mead — crisp, dry and refreshing — is the result.
Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery
We are Elmer and Holly Savage. Along with our two sons, we operate Barrett Hill Farm in Union, Maine. Elmer began farming here in 1985 when the farm was purchased by his parents. Since then, the farm has been home to a flock of sheep as well as Belted Galloway cattle. Today the sheep are gone, but the cattle remain. In 2000, we purchased the 95 acre farm from Elmer’s parents and began planning for its future. The desire to preserve the farming tradition here needed to coexist with the financial realities of agriculture. The farm’s blueberry fields offered great potential, but the lack of profitability for blueberry growers gave us incentive to look for possible value added products for our crop.
We began to explore some of the great blueberry wines being produced. This soon led to the possibility of growing grapes as well. We were impressed by the opportunity to expand into this niche market. We explored vineyards and wineries near and far, and found people willing to help around every corner. In 2002 we planted the first two acres of our vineyard. Since that time, we have expanded to nearly four acres with ten varieties of grapes. We have spent the past nine years growing our vineyard from the ground up and advancing our wine making from hobby level to small scale commercial production. 2011 marks our sixth vintage. We invite you to follow our progress as we continue to grow.
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Being authentic is important to us. Our beers are brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British top-fermenting Ringwood yeast. Our English brewing style results in brews with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish.
Founded in 1993, Sea Dog is Maine owned and Maine brewed. Our crew brews a full line of award-winning handcrafted ales that capture the spirit of Maine’s sea-faring history.
For the full Sea Dog experience, visit one of our three brew pubs in Maine. The Sea Dog in Topsham occupies a scenic spot on the Androscoggin River. The Bangor waterfront location overlooks the historic Penobscot River. The South Portland brew pub is near the Maine Mall. All three restaurants serve a full menu of handcrafted ales and creative pub fare with a flair. Don’t miss our new sister pubs in Massachusetts. You’ll find them in Hull, Northborough, and Worburn.
Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery
Taste wines, ports, and spirits. Learn about wine production from award-winning winemaker and owner on our farm preserving Union’s rich farming tradition. Hike our trails, picnic, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Medomak river valley. Sweetgrass Farm is a family run business firmly rooted in the community, supporting local sustainable agriculture, and donating 10% of profits to organizations which support families, children, and rural life.
The Fat Friar’s Meadery
The Fat Friar’s Meadery is a Maine farm winery that specializes in the creation of Mead. We are located in Newcastle, Maine just off of Route 215 approximately 1 mile from the head of Damariscotta Lake.
Because our Mead is made with the finest ingredients, and is never rushed, the quality and taste are of the highest standards.
While at our Meadery don’t forget to stop at the Mead Tasting Area which opens on May 2, 2012 and look for us in restaurants and stores throughout Maine. The Fat Friar’s Meadery is a member of The Maine Winery Guild and is listed on the Maine Wine Trail. Our product is also available during the Friday session of the Damariscotta River Associations Farmers Market.
A winemaker since 1997, Bruce Olson won two medals for his apple wines in 2009, when they were named the best fruit wines at the Maine Vinfest, hosted by the Cellar Door Winery. At about this time, Bruce and Steve Buchsbaum started experimenting with distillation of Bruce’s apple wine. They then tried distillation of Bruce’s unique maple wine which resulted in a product unlike any other we know about. In April 2011, Tree Spirits Knotted Maple was awarded a Bronze Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In June 2011 Tree Spirits Apple extra dry was awarded a Double Gold Medal and the Maple demi-sec was awarded a silver medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. In April of this year, Tree Spirits Pear Brandy won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Bruce and his partner Karen Heck bought Steve out in the fall of 2012 and are now experimenting with expanding the offerings to include sparkling pear wine and spirits and an apple wine. The Tree Spirits venture is beginning to take away all their free time. Good thing sailing season is over.
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Urban Farm Fermentory
Eli Cayer, a Mainer, is a Portland based entrepreneur whose position of connecting communities and encouraging creative sustainable living sits at the heart of this environment. A few months ago Cayer took on an all but abandoned single-story warehouse in the East Bayside neighborhood with the vision of reusing it as the Urban Farm Fermentory.
Conceptually the UFF would be a fermentation center for food (sauerkraut, pickles…) and beverage (cider, and wine) fermentations, and a micro apiary for honey production. As the facility took shape, his focus evolved to include a micro farm (growing herbs and flowers so he would have materials to experiment with infusing into the morphing foods at various stages of fermentation). The rubble-strewn back lot, heavily overgrown with 20+ years of knotweed infestation was first cleared to reveal the old rail bed and then transformed with the guidance and efforts of David Homa, a local permaculture farmer who designed the green house and is responsible for the landscaping and maintenance of the farm.
Cayer’s vision is to create a magnetic situation, drawing in people whose skills and contribution lend to the overall project. Some of the local small businesses and individuals who will become part of the platform include farmers, beekeepers, permaculturalists, fruit grower/processors, and picklers/preservers.
Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay Brewery
Winterport Winery is located in the historic village of Winterport and offers a selection of award winning fruit wines to complement various cuisines. Sophisticated and supple, our wines both elegantly accompany formal occasions and also stand refreshingly on their own. To expand our beverage offerings to include beer, Penobscot Bay Brewery – our on-site brewing facility was started in 2009 specializing in small batch, handcrafted brews that are fresh, flavorful and fantastic.
Pairings was established in conjunction with Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay Brewery to celebrate the union of complementary food and drink. Pairings offers a warm and intimate facility that can accommodate your private celebrations or corporate functions like no other. It truly is one of Maine’s most unique places to hold your special event.
We are also the proud developers of Bay Brew Ice Cream. It’s natural to see what a great brew can do and so we developed a wonderful ice cream with our Half Moon Stout and Stone Fox Creamery in Monroe. Come sample some and take home a pint to enjoy any time.
Younity Winery and Vinyards
We are not allowed to say that our wines are healthy on the labels. However it is the truth and we will make that statement here! We use minimal amounts of sulfates in the making of our wines. This may cause some varieties to be a little too bubbly. If you experience this please contact us so we can make adjustments.
Our Tickled Pink uses no sulfite in the process. The make of the fruit allows us not to require it. So you don’t have to worry about headaches when you drink our Tickled Pink. We use organic cane dried sugar, therefore there are no residual chemicals in our sweeteners. Our wines lean toward the dryer end of the spectrum. We want your pallet to enjoy all the nuances and characteristics each has to offer. You’re invited to visit our winery in Unity.