Wine Festivals are a fun way to try new wines while, sometimes, including the whole family. There are a variety of wine festivals across the US and today we are going to be looking at some of those.
Wine festivals in New Hampshire tend to have wine tastings, food, entertainment, and games for children if the festival allows.
New Hampshire is a US state defined by its expanse of wilderness and quaint towns. A scenic feature of the state is the White Mountains which contains black bears, moose, and a part of the famed Appalachian Trail.
This article will focus mainly on wine festivals in New Hampshire to hopefully let you learn more about what is available within the state.
List of the Top Wine Festivals in New Hampshire
Deeper Look at the 4 Top Wine Festivals in New Hampshire
1. Harvest Weekend
- Location: Black Bear Vineyard, 289 New Road, Salisbury, New Hampshire 03268
- Date: September 24th and September 25th, 2022
- Time: 12:00 – 17:00
- Tickets: $0 – $15
Harvest Weekend is an ideal time to learn how vineyards harvest grapes and process the grape juice to make wine. This is an annual event that is held by the Black Bear Vineyard.
Music will be available from four sources over the 2 days. Matt the Sax will be performing from 12:00 to 14:00 on Saturday followed by Dueling Pianos from 15:00 to 17:00.
On Sunday 25th, Henry LaLiberte will be entertaining visitors from 12:30 to 14:30 followed by Johnny Friday from 15:00 to 17:00.
Wine will be available by the glass or by the bottle. Unfortunately, there will be no wine tasting at this event, but visitors can buy a glass and go back for a bottle should they choose to do so.
There will be a food truck available for food on both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 until 17:00 to keep visitors well-fed.
There will be seating available both indoors and outdoors although it is recommended that you bring your chairs and picnic blankets to ensure you get a seat somewhere.
Cornhole will be available as well to keep everyone entertained and the event is child and dog friendly. All visitors under 21 will get in for free and should be reserved under the ticket section to allow for guest count to be made easily.
2. Harvest and Stomp Festival 2022
- Location: Appolo Vineyards, 49 Lawrence Road, Derry, New Hampshire 03038
- Date: 2 dates are available: September 24, 2022, and September 25, 2022
- Time: 07:00 – 15:00 for both days
- Tickets: $50 – $56
Harvest and Stomp Festival 2022 is organized by the Appolo Vineyards. Buying a ticket is good for one day, you will need to select which day you would like to attend when buying the tickets.
The day starts with grape harvesting at 07:00 where visitors will be trained on the equipment and fill Blue Grape Lugs with freshly picked grapes. If you do partake in this event, you will be rewarded with a drink ticket.
Winemaking tours will begin at 10:00 when visitors will be shown around the facilities. Lunch catered by the Blind Pig Catering will be available from lunchtime and is sure to be an enjoyable meal.
Vegetarian options are available for those who do not eat meat, but this selection must be made when tickets are bought to provide adequate catering.
Visitors will also have the chance to do Foot Stomping on the fresh grapes or to learn how to crush or press the grapes with the modern technology available. This will give visitors insight into how winemaking used to be done and how it is done now.
3. FallFest 2022
- Location: Coppal House Farm, 118 North River Road, Lee, New Hampshire 03861
- Date: September 16th, 2022
- Time: 18:00 – 21:00
- Tickets: $15 to $85
This event is an ideal option for fun for the whole family. Live music will be available to create a lively atmosphere for the event which has a suggested BYOFL policy (Bring Your Flashlight).
Organized by the Freedom Café, this event will include a range of fun for children and adults alike.
A Corn Maze will be present to keep all visitors entertained with a Bonfire to add to the festive feel. Live Music from Old Time Dave Talmage will make it a fun time and all visitors can take part in S’more making with Equal Exchange Chocolate.
The main event of this festival is the Cork Pull which will entice both wine and beer drinkers. Guests buy a certain number of corks for either wine or beer with the entry price being $20 and $15 respectively.
The corks (for the wine) and the caps (for the beer) are placed in a bucket. The numbered cork or cap is pulled out and visitors stand a chance of winning the corresponding wine or beer.
4. Canines Uncorked
- Location: Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, New Hampshire 03049
- Date: October 11th, 2022
- Time: 17:00 – 19:00
- Tickets: Free with purchases at the event
Canines Uncorked is an event intended to benefit the Human Society for Greater Nashua. These organizers encourage visitors to come along for a night of wine and bring their dogs with them to make new doggy friends.
Set on an outdoor patio at the Fulchino Vineyard, each glass of wine will benefit the Society with 20% of the proceeds going directly towards the Human Society.
Food will be available in place of Charcuterie platters and Italian desserts which will compliment and pair well with the wine available. The wine will come from the Fulchino Vineyard’s cellars with a range of red and white wine available for all palates.
Heaters and twinkle lights will create an ambiance to the event that will make for an enjoyable evening for all visitors, both human and canine.