Lodging for North of the Basin Wine Tour
One of the special pleasures of the Champlain Valley—a feature many from outside the region don’t know about—is its lovely spread of wineries taking advantage of the lake’s unique microclimates. And with a happy perch at our Lake Champlain resort, you’re magnificently poised to explore the area’s dynamic winemaking traditions!
Among the many concierge-curated “field-trip”-style activities we offer our guests here at Basin Harbor is our popular North of the Basin Wine Tour, which—surprise, surprise—sends you off merrily winery-hopping north of the resort. Let’s get your oenophilic engines revving with a brief preview of the tour stops!
About 50 miles north of Basin Harbor, Snow Farm Vineyard grows its cool-climate and cold-hardy grapes—from Pinot Noir and Riesling to Vidal Blanc and Baco Noir—on Lake Champlain’s largest island, the appropriately named Grand Isle. Among its unique offerings is ice wine, a delicious expression of Vermont’s cold winters.
Hillis’ Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard (206 Sugarbush Farm Rd Colchester, VT)
Hillis’ Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard (41 miles from Basin Harbor) actually incorporates two vineyards: Sugarbush Vineyard on the “mainland” in Colchester and Butler Island Vineyard on the eponymous Lake Champlain island. The different microclimates of the two allow for growing a variety of grapes. The farm operations—which, as the name suggests, include maple sugaring—began in 1987, with winemaking added in the late 2000s. We love their tagline: “Where wine and maple come together.”
East Shore Vineyard (28 Church Street Burlington, VT)
East Shore Vineyard’s tasting room (29 miles from our resort) serves as a hip and happening wine bar in downtown Burlington. When the weather’s nice, there’s no better place to be than the outdoor patio, enjoying a glass of Vermont vino and a tasty cheese plate.
Shelburne Vineyard (6308 Shelburne Rd Shelburne, VT)
At Shelburne—21 miles from Basin Harbor—you can enjoy wines made from northern varietals raised in the lovely vineyards and sourced from other regional growers. This operation was one of the pioneering Vermont winemakers, and it wins some “green” points, too: The winery and tasting room come housed in a LEED-certified building.
Charlotte Village Winery (3968 Greenbush Rd Charlotte, VT)
A mere 16 miles from Basin Harbor, Charlotte Village Winery offers free tastings each and every day of the week of its grape wines—which include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, and Pinot Grigio—and its fruit wines: Strawberry Riesling, Raspberry Wine, Peach Chardonnay, and a trio of Blueberry Wines made from Vermont-grown fruits.
Explore the wonderful winemaking going down within shouting distance of Basin Harbor here in the Champlain Valley with our North of the Basin Wine Tour!