South Coast Wineries: Grape to Glass

We are taught from an early age that milk comes from cows not from Stop and Shop and apples from trees not Market Basket. Tracing the things we take for granted back to their roots adds value to our experience.

So, let us remember that wine does not come from the liquor store. Instead of grabbing a bottle off the shelf for dinner this weekend, consider tracing good wine to its source by visiting one of the South Coast’s vineyards or wineries.

To better appreciate the synergy that goes into creating the elixirs you enjoy, try a wine tasting or wine and food pairing. In addition to a sensory experience not to be forgotten, you will be supporting local farmers and winemakers. You don’t have to know a lot about wine to enjoy a wine tasting. You are there to learn.

The South Coast’s climate is ideal for making white wines. Cooler weather also means a shorter growing season, so don’t wait too long to check out the South Coast wine artisans at work.

Westport Rivers

Westport, MA

Westport Rivers is a fourth generation winery with breathtaking views of rolling hills and the beautiful vineyard.

Inside the winery you will find a long tasting bar at which you can purchase an etched wine glass and enjoy a six pour wine tasting. Complimentary tours are available on Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00pm

There is still time to enjoy the Sunset Music Series at Westport Rivers which will continue through September 14th. On select Friday and Saturday evenings guests can bring their dinner or purchase local food at the winery, buy a bottle of wine and enjoy live music.

In fact, visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic anytime to enjoy with Westport Rivers’ offerings. If you have time, venture upstairs to visit the winery’s Arthur Moniz Gallery .

Coastal Vineyards

South Dartmouth, MA

Coastal Vineyards is unusually located in a residential area of South Dartmouth. The spectacular view over eight acres of vineyard is not what you might expect to find behind the private home at 61 Pardon Hill Road. David Neilson grows eleven different grape varieties in his own back yard. Don’t let the “private road” signs and vague parking direction confuse you. You have come to the right place!

Wine tastings at Coastal Vineyards showcase crisp wines made from grapes including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The wines are offered with hummus dishes, bread, and chocolate.

Running Brook Vineyards

North Dartmouth, MA

Running Brook’s wine maker and co-owner, Manuel Morais, learned how to grow grapes and make wine from his father in the Azores, or as he calls it, “the old country”. Now he works his magic in North Dartmouth.

Running Brook offers wine tastings in a rustic setting. While the tasting room, which is the same room in which the wines are made, is not fancy, the wines are top notch.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy their meal with a glass of wine. The winery also hosts events of up to 80 people at the vineyard as well as in home wine tasting parties.

Wine making is seasonal, but Running Brook Vineyards offers wine tastings year round. Their creations include interesting wines such as a White Merlot and a “frost wine” made from grapes left on the vine after the first frost.

Travessia Urban Winery

New Bedford, MA

Travessia is a stylish urban winery whose name means “journey” in Portuguese.

The wines at this micro-winery are made of local grapes from Westport Rivers Winery and Running Brook Vineyards. The one exception is their red wine, Jester, which is made with grapes from California. The local grapes are mixed to create wines unique to Travessia.

Wine tastings include samples of five Travessia wines and can be enjoyed with local chocolate or cheese pairings. The Vidal Blanc is delicious on its own, but paired with ginger chocolate from Boston’s Taza Chocolate, it’s heavenly.

Conveniently located in downtown New Bedford, Travessia’s wine tastings can accompany a day of shopping, sightseeing, and dining in this historic whaling city.




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