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Vineyards for Sale in Massachusetts
Massachusetts’s proud history of wine began much earlier than many would guess. Early European settlers discovered wild native grape varieties growing on Massachusetts’s coast and quickly began to cultivate these hardy grapes. In the early 17th century, the settlers established Massachusetts’s first vineyard and began crafting wines out of native grapes. Native grapes thrived on local vineyards that had tried and failed to grow European varieties first.
Today, Massachusetts is one of the top per-capita wine markets in the country. The grapes grown here are distinctive from those grown in warmer states like California. The real jewels of Massachusetts vineyards are cold-hardy northern grapes, such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling, which flourish in the state’s climate. Massachusetts has also found success with wine grapes bred specifically to match the terroir and climate of their vineyards, such as Traminette and Marechal Foch. Since Massachusetts vineyards have a shorter growing season, the resulting wines are steely and vibrant. As these unique wines become more and more popular, there has never been a better time to search for your own vineyard for sale in Massachusetts!
Top Wine Areas of Massachusetts
Wine-making in Massachusetts tends to be concentrated in the southern half of the state, which boasts a longer and warmer growing season than the north. The Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream brings warm water from the southern states, which helps to moderate the temperature on the coast. As a result, many of Massachusetts’s most successful vineyards are located near the ocean. The state has three primary areas to look for Massachusetts vineyards for sale:
- Southeastern New England AVA: This wine-growing region includes parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. It is known for its cool climate varieties and American hybrids. The most common types of wine grapes grown here are Vidal, Chardonnay, and Riesling.
- Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard: These areas are some of Massachusetts best known for wine and luxurious but peaceful vacations. The Martha’s Vineyards AVA encompasses several other nearby islands that also benefit from the Gulf Stream’s moderating force.
- Cape Cod: Western Massachusetts’s Cape Cod benefits from the same warming effects found in Martha’s Vineyard. Popular grapes in this region are Riesling, Seyval Blanc, and Chardonnay.
The Wine Market in Massachusetts
Though the state may be small, Massachusetts produces almost 800,000 gallons of wine per year! In addition to many acres of vineyards, the state boasts over 30 wineries – double the number from two decades ago. The state has increased the amount of wine produced by 50% since the late 1990s. Massachusetts is still cultivating its reputation as a top wine producer, and the state is helped by its massive tourism industry to its coastal areas where most vineyards and wineries are located. If you’re interested in a Massachusetts vineyard for sale, we can help you to find a prime location where locals and tourists alike will be drawn into your business!