Though it is one of the newest wineries to open in Massachusetts, Amherst Farm Winery is steeped in a rich history dating back to the 1800s. The winery – which opened its doors in August 2011 – is housed in a 19th century post and beam barn once used for dairy cows. The barn has been preserved and enhanced with the addition of a modern winery that is complete with state-of-the-art of the stainless steel tanks and bottling line.
From within its rustic frame, Amherst Farm Winery produces a range of distinctive fruit wines including carrot, pumpkin, cranberry, blueberry, apple, and strawberry as well as a sparkling hard cider made from local apples.
In this segment, Audrey Samek, the owner of Amherst Farm Winery, takes us on a tour of the wonderfully restored barn and loft space – artists’ exhibits and wine – heaven! And watch as Audrey explains – and shows - how a passion for wine truly means a labor of love (the winery fills, corks, seals and labels 24,000 bottles of wine – by hand!)
Amherst Winery is located at 529 Belchertown Rd. in Amherst, Mass. The winery is open year-round, seven days a week from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Tours of the winery are given every weekend at 1 and 3 PM. Groups of 10 or more require a reservation.
Editor's note: This video segment is the sixth in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.