Nashoba Valley Winery
Nashoba Valley Winery, located in Bolton, MA sits on 52 acres of land where they have been making wine for 33 years. They have a large estate that has lots of room to walk around, have a picnic, they do functions and weddings as well. Over 50% of the fruit they use in their wines is grown in Massachusetts, a lot of the grapes and apples are grown on their own farm. The farm itself was gorgeous.
Unfortunately, the customer service was not that great. The person serving us was new, but she did not tell us one fact or comment on any of the wines or beers. As soon as we found out that she was brand new, we understood a bit, but we noticed the person ‘training’ her was not offering up any facts or interesting tidbits either. This was disappointing because the reason we visit places is to hear their story. When we were discussing it when we left, we decided that the best way to sum it up was that it had a very ‘corporate’ feel to it. Most of the info we are providing to you is from their website or from things we read at the store. The only information we have on the wine, spirits and beer is from our actual tasting of it, or what we read from the sheets provided.
You pay $6 for 5 tastings. The payment station and the tasting station are separate. You pay in the middle of the store, then go over to the tasting bar, and wait for someone to come over and serve you. You do get a free wine glass with a tasting. They also have spirits to taste, as well as beer. You can use your 5 tasting on a mix of wine, spirits, or beer. A few of the stronger spirits are an additional fee. You are given 5 tickets and they take one each time you have a sample.
We each paid for a wine tasting and tried different wines, then paid for a tasting to split to try their beer.
Complex flavor, not too dry, pretty good.
Off dry, good flavor, notes of citrus, pineapple, melon, and honey.
Described as having ‘infused cherry aromas’, which was true. Strong cherry flavor, sweet.
Very full honey flavor. Light apple notes with pear and pineapple.
Too much clover. Has clover, flowers, fruit notes and honey.
Good, sweet upfront with nice tartness at the end.
Off dry, crisp, not what Megan was expecting. She likes sweeter Riesling’s.
Smells very sweet, tastes sweet too, flavorful.
Vidal Dessert Wine
Nice and sweet. Ice wine, not made with their own grapes, they are from northern New Hampshire. We asked several questions about how they made this wine in Bolton, Massachusetts, and it took many questions from us for them to admit the grapes are frozen on the vine in NH and shipped down and processed at their facility.
Oak Aged Apple Brandy
Decent tasting brandy, not too harsh.
Top selling wine by ranking:
Cranberry Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, SS Blueberry, Dry Pear, Renaissance, Riesling, Maidens Blush
Nashoba Valley Brewery?
The first fact they list about the brewery on their website is that they go through more brewers than gallons of beer. Also, on the website the brewery is listed as Bolton Valley Beer Works but at the tasting bar it is listed as Nashoba Valley Brewery. They sell some beer in bottles and six packs, and also fill growlers.
New English Cider
Made from their orchard varieties. Dry and crisp, very light in color.
Megan thought it tasted like sparkling water with pear, lemon, and mint. Made with 100% Bartlett pears. Off dry and carbonated. Mark didn’t like it as much.
Chai Tea Brown Ale
Not what Megan was expecting, thought it would be more like a heavy stout/porter. Has notes of ginger, pumpkin, mint, cardamom with black tea finish. Mark liked it, decent flavor with spices.
Pretty good summer, golden beer. Made with locally grown barley, wheat, and cascade hops.
Nashoba Expresso Stout – Mali Reserve
This was Megan’s favorite beer. Strong expresso flavor. Made with roasted barley, malt, expresso with a faint chocolate taste.
We decided to buy 2 single bottles of beer to try later…
Bavarian Style Wheat Beer – This might have been one of our favorite beers. Light, refreshing summer style beer. A hint of coriander with a touch of sour.
Interesting flavor, hard to place. Dark and heavy up front, a little sweet or almost fruity on the back end. Mark like it, Megan not as much.
J’s Restaurant is located on the property as well. They recommend you make reservations. They are a farm to table restaurant. It was a little expensive for our taste.