Flag Hill Winery won New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of New Hampshire Award for Local Winery in the Coffee Shops, Beverages and Bars category in 2012 and 2013. Voting is done by magazine readership via write-ins on blank ballots.
Although small by Napa Valley standards, it has the largest vineyard in New Hampshire.
Flag Hill Winery is like a neighborhood winery to me because it’s only about 10 miles from my house. I've been visiting since it opened to the public.
This is my favorite winery for several reasons.
First, it produces award-winning wines from grapes grown in its own vineyard. It is not a buyer of other vineyards’ grapes. Niagara, Cayuga, La Crescent, and Vignoles grapes are used for the white wines. Marechal Foch and De Chaunac grapes are used for the red wines. These factors all add up to quality wines.
Second, it offers a variety of wines from the serious conventional wines such as the medium-bodied Marechal Foch, a dry, earthy red wine and the sweet Flag Hill Cayuga White with notes of citrus and exotic fruits to the fun/dessert wines such as the smooth Flagg Hill Wild Blueberry Fruit Wine and the rich, sweet Flag Hill Raspberry Fruit Wine. All four mentioned are among my favorites.
Third, the staff is very knowledgeable.
Fourth, most of the prices are in the $12.95 to $13.95 range so they are very affordable.
On my most-recent visit, I discovered and purchased the brand new Limited Release Flag Hill Red Plum Fruit Wine at $15.95 per bottle. It’s balanced with both sweet and tart tastes and features the slightly crisp taste of fresh plums.
And, this Red Plum wine leads me to Reason #5 which is the fact that Flag Hill innovates and creates new and exciting products. This was evidenced when Flag Hill also became a distillery and released the award-winning General John Stark Vodka and went on to create Karner Blue Gin, Flag Hill White Rum Josiah Bartlett Barrel Aged Apple Brandy, White Mountain Moonshine, and several liqueurs including the unique Sugar Maple Liqueur.
For anyone visiting the New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region, Lakes Region or Merrimack Valley Region, I highly recommend a visit to Flag Hill Winery for a tour that is reasonably priced at $5.00, followed by a visit to the tasting room and small gift shop. The visit could be coupled with a visit to Bedrock Gardens, also in Lee, on one its Open House days which will be Saturday and Sunday of the third weekend of month from mid-spring to early fall in 2014.
The winery also hosts events and weddings.
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