Ah, wine and chocolate - A timeless pairing of two rich delicacies that never disappoints. On this trail, delve into the Northern Vermont wine and chocolate scenes, meet the producers making it all happen, and experience first hand what makes their products so darn good.

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    Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits

    64 VT Route 104 Cambridge, VT 05444
    (802) 644-8151

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    We welcome you to come and join us at Boyden Valley Winery for a truly unique Vermont wine experience. Come by to taste wine and take a tour of our winemaking facility with our friendly staff. You are always welcome to come and enjoy cheese and a glass of wine upstairs in our historic carriage barn or outside on our terrace. Nestled on a beautiful Vermont farm on a hillside, Boyden Valley Winery is the perfect place for locals or tourists to drink a quality glass of wine and to experience why we are “Making Vermont Famous for Wine.” We will see you at the winery, cheers!

    You can visit this maple sugar maker during Maple Open House Weekend, March 25th and 26th, 2017!

    Hours: SAT 9am - 4pm SUN 9am - 4pm

    TASTING ANNEX: Mid May – March

    11 AM – 5 PM

    April – Mid May
    Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon
    11 AM – 5 PM

    New Year’s Eve – 11AM – 4PM
    CLOSED – New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

    Highlights: Boyden Valley takes pride in the traditional certified organic maple syrup we’ve been making for over four generations. We use a wood-fired evaporator with minimal processing which allows the sap to boil longer and create the rich caramelized sugars that make an exceptionally flavorful Vermont maple syrup. Taste the variety of grades and even some bourbon-barrel aged syrup as well as wines and liqueur crafted with our maple syrup in them! Join us at Boyden Valley Winery in Cambridge for a fun-filled weekend for the whole family:

    • Sugar on Snow!
    • Free Demonstrations of Maple Sugaring at our easily accessible Sugar House with traditional wood-fired evaporator on a working family farm
    • Free Maple Syrup Sample Tastings
    • Free Winery Tours at 11:30am and 1:00pm (tours suitable for all ages)
    • Free Tastings of Vermont Maple Reserve, Gold Leaf wine, and Vermont Ice Maple Crème liqueur
    • Maple Cocktail Tasting with Recipes Available
    • My Little Cupcake mini cupcakes made with Boyden maple syrup with every paid wine tasting and available for individual purchase while they last!
    • Stay for Lunch with Smokin’ Butts Barb-B-Que and receive a half price voucher for a glass of hard cider to enjoy along with your meal!
    • Buy a Case of wine and receive 10% off PLUS a half pint of 2017 Boyden Maple Syrup
    • FREE Parking. FREE Admission. No Tickets. No Reservations Needed.

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    East Shore Vineyard

    28 Church St Burlington, VT 05401

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    East Shore Vineyard winery offers some of Vermont's finest wines at 160 retailers and restaurants across Vermont. To enjoy a unique Vermont made wine tasting experence, you can find it by the glass or the case at our Burlington, VT Tasting Room and Wine Bar on the Church St. Market Place. You can also find us at the Burlington, Rutland and Champlain Islands Farmers Market this summer.

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    Lake Champlain Chocolates

    750 Pine Street Burlington, VT 05401

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    Lake Champlain Chocolates offers sweet indulgences that capture the essence of Vermont, the tradition of making fine chocolate, and the pride that goes into each bite.

    Visit us in person at our Factory Store - see chocolates made right before your eyes and take in the aromas and tastes (not to mention free samples) of our chocolate factory. Our free, through-the-window Factory Tours are offered on the hour Monday through Friday starting at 10am at our Factory Store and Café location at 750 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont. Please note that our hours are subject to change, so please refer to this page for tour time updates and/or cancellations. If you have any questions please call us 802-864-1807.

    For Group Tours of 10 people or more, a reservation is required, and tours will be on the half hour. All reservations must be made at least three days before you plan to visit our factory. Please call 802-264-2173 to make a reservation. Our space can safely accommodate a maximum of 35 people per tour. Groups with a reservation must arrive 10 minutes early. If your entire group does not arrive 10 minutes early, we may be unable to accommodate your reservation. Groups under ten people do not need a reservation.

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    Shelburne Vineyard

    6308 Shelburne Road Shelburne, VT 05482

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    At Shelburne Vineyard we make fine wines from our own Vermont and regionally produced grapes. As pioneers of the VT wine industry (we were founded in 1998), we now harvest almost 20 acres of our own grapes annually. Our wines have consistently achieved “Best in Show” awards at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition, and have, along with our other White, Rosé, Ice and Late Harvest wines, have earned highest honors in other national and international competitions including the Big E, the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, the Finger Lakes Wine Competition. We grow our grapes sustainably using a protocol known as Vine Balance developed by Cornell University and our Winery and Tasting Room has earned LEED Certification. We make a concerted effort to be environmentally responsible and partner with and support local community non-profit organizations. Our Winery and Tasting Room, located on Shelburne Road (RT 7) in historic Shelburne VT, welcomes visitors for tours tastings seven days a week all year and offers other VT made products as well as our own wines. Our space is available as a venue for public and private events and we have a regular schedule of concerts, storytelling, special events and festivals. Our wines are available at the Tasting Room as well as in shops and restaurants throughout VT, in New Hampshire and through our distributor, VT Wine Merchants.

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    Snow Farm Vineyard and Crescent Bay B&B

    190 West Shore Rd South Hero, VT 05486

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    Snow Farm Vineyard began as a dream in 1992 - to preserve Vermont's agricultural land in the face of rapid development by providing an alternative for farmers. Our location, on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain, permits us to grow cooler climate, vinifera grapes- Pinot Noir and Reisling as well as the more cold-hardy French hybrids- Vidal Blanc and Baco Noir. Thanks to Vermont's cold winter temperatures, Snow Farm also produces an ice wine wine, a product that cannot be made in many other places around the world.

    Crescent Bay B&B is our historic 1820's farmhouse located just around the corner. There are gardens with vintage stone castles, and three bedrooms decorated with antiques and locally hand-crafted quilts. You'll also find animals on the premises: a border collie, intelligent cat, standard bred horse living in retirement, chickens, llamas, and pigs.

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