The Lakes Region is a recreational paradise from hiking, skiing, boating and many more outdoors activities, but it is also home to a number of well-known breweries and wineries. The New Hampshire’s Lakes Region area breweries and wineries like to share their passion by offering visitors guided tours, samples and tastings.
Tour the Lakes Region’s local wineries and learn how the special wines are made. Most vineyards offer tastings, giving you the perfect opportunity to discover your favorite new wine. Haunting Whisper Vineyards is a family owned vineyard located on 75 acres with panoramic lake and mountain views in Danbury, NH. Haunted Whisper Vineyards has an extensive wine and spirit list that includes dry, sweet, red, white, fruit wines as well as rum and brandy based spirits. Enjoy a glass of wine or spirits while taking in the beautiful landscape surrounding the property. Haunted Whisper Vineyards is open Wednesday through Sunday and offer red, white, and fruit tastings for free. Hermit Woods Winery is a small boutique winery located on the main street of Meredith, NH. They make a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional wines with their tasting room open on weekends all year long with additional hours in the peak seasons. Winery tours start with a 30 minute tour of their wine making facilities and include a sample of a young wine out of a barrel or fermenter and a tasting glass to take home. Visitors can order cheese, charcuterie and crackers to accompany your wine tasting. The winemakers also act as the servers and will share their knowledge about the wine and the wine making process with visitors. Producing approximately 30 different wines truly ensures that you will definitely find a wine to your liking.
If wine doesn’t satisfy your palate, try a tour the award-winning Woodstock Inn Brewery. Nestled in the beautiful White Mountains, it embodies the true essence of New Hampshire. They have been in the brewing industry for 21 years and have grown their meager seven-barrel production brewery into a thirty-barrel production, crafting more than a dozen year-round and seasonal beers. For just $9, daily at 12 noon, Woodstock Inn will take you on an education guided tour through one of their onsite breweries, where you will learn about the history of operation. Each tour will finish off with 5 selected samples from the brewery. Woodstock Inn and Brewery is well known for their grand national “Pigs Ear Brown Ale,” “Old Man Oatmeal Stout” and “Uncle Lump’s Vanilla Porter.” Looking for an authentic New England style pub in the Lakes Region? Try the Wolfe’s Tavern in Wolfeboro, built in 1812. Wolfe’s Tavern offers a “Mug Club” where you will receive a personalized mug and the privilege of having your mug hang from the ceiling. To join the Mug Club, you have to complete the challenge of 100 varieties of beer from around the region and globe. Wolfe’s Tavern is great place to enjoy food, fun, spirits and the classic New England Hospitality.
Take a scenic ride on Route 25 to Ossipee, where you will find Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company, a countryside tavern and brewhouse offering warmth and plenty of history. Experience classic comfort food and handcrafted beer with weekly offerings and deals. Come in to see the brewmaster at work. While you are in the Ossipee area, why not stop in the Sap House Meadery. They offer mover 20 different meads to choose from made from real honey. Mead is the oldest fermented beverage in world. Come for an hour-long Hive to Bottle Tour and learn about how mead is mead. A food menu with a local flare and a cozy atmosphere.
The Winnipesaukee Winery in Wolfeboro, the oldest resort town in the country, offers tastings and is known for their two-year-old French oak barrel-aged reds and wide selection of dry to sweet wines. Handcrafted wine is their family tradition.
With beautiful mountain views, you can head up to Lincoln to experience Seven Birches, the winery is handcrafting classic European grape varieties and locally sourced fruits into wines of distinction. With two tasting rooms in walking distance of each other and downtown Lincoln, there is plenty to see and do.
There’s nothing like enjoying the Lakes Region scenery over a luscious glass of wine or a frosty craft brewed beer. No trip to the New Hampshire Lakes Region would be complete without visiting one of the Lakes Region Breweries and Wineries.