We recently visited Jewell Towne Vineyard. We decided it was a great idea to go out during a snow storm, which in a way was true. Not that fun to get there (for me, although luckily Mark drove) but once we found Jewell Towne, we were the only ones there. We had just missed two car loads of people.
Jewell Towne is located in South Hampton, New Hampshire and is very close to the Massachusetts border. We were in New Hampshire, and drove through Massachusetts to get there. It is a little difficult to find, so pay attention to their directions as found on their website.
1982- owners Peter and Brenda planed six grapevines
1990- Jewell Towne was established
1994- Jewell Towne Vineyards became a licensed commercial winery
1998- the winery was built, a 18th century reproduction
- Since they began, Peter has helped other wineries become established in the area, offering his knowledge of viticulture. Peter leads the way for the wine industry for New Hampshire. Peter has also helped with legislation in regards to the the winery industry.
- Jewell Town is New Hampshire’s oldest winery
- They have won over 150 medals in national and international competitions
- Their upstairs art gallery features local artists, as well as Brenda’s work
- They produce 6 thousand cases of wine every year
- Their wine can be found in over 150 stores and restaurants in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as at many Farmer’s Markets (Portsmouth, Concord, Greenland, Newburyport, Middleton and Gloucester)
- Their tours as well as their tastings are FREE
- You won’t find other fruits here- they produce only traditional style wines
- They currently have 5 acres of grapevines
- Many grapes they use are grown there, but some are contracted in (due to climate)
Aurore: hints of green apple, dry
Riesling: hints of honey and orange
Seyval 2012: “off dry” description fit well. Not too fruity, good plum flavor
Vignoles 2012: honey and lemon flavor. Off dry
Traminette: relative of Gewurztraminer. Had a touch of sweetness to it
Steuben: sweet rose with flavors of ripe strawberry and fresh pineapple. yum!
Leon Millot: smooth, off-dry. Light red wine with cherry and black raspberry flavors.
Sparkling Marechal Foch: unintentional (sparkling) wine. Festive flavor. Good for sangria.
Rhapsody in Blue: ice wine. Strong hints of honey. yum!
Everyone there was very friendly. The two women who were working in the tasting room, as well as Peter. It was one of the women’s first day there, but it didn’t show. All were very knowledgeable and friendly. Jewell Towne Vineyard would be a good place to go for those who know their wine, as well as those that are new to wine.
Want to visit?
Hours of Operation:
11am – 4pm Wednesday through Friday
11am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Be sure to visit their website before you plan your visit so you don’t get lost!