Growing Grapes in Massachusetts

The first bonded vineyard in Massachusetts was Chicarna Vineyards, established in 1971. Since then, the number of wineries in the region has grown to more than 20. Today, Massachusetts produces over 100,000 gallons of wines from grapes every year. The region has a variety of micro-climates that are compatible for growing grapes of different varieties. The south-eastern coast of Massachusetts, which is bordered on all sides by the Atlantic Ocean, is ideal for growing European variety grapes, the Vitis vinifera, used for making Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. Grape growing is also suitable in the cold regions of the Berkshire mountains, where French and American hybrids such as Vidal Blanc, Cayuga, Seyval, Vidal, and Marechal Foch.

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