Adobe Stock./By Alfira
Summer is winding down, but the temperatures are not. On the days when nothing seems to cool you off, a glass—or two—of a beach-based wine certainly hits the spot. From wineries right on the coast to some that are bit farther out (but certainly worth the drive), here are a few First State favorites.
Harvest Ridge Winery
You can’t go wrong at Harvest Ridge Winery. Stop at the Marydel winery on your way down to the beach, which is located on the historic Mason-Dixon Line, where one of the original markers—number 47—still exists. (Hence the prominent number 47 on the winery’s labels.) The rosé is always a winner, but don’t miss out on Peach Blossom, a fruit-forward and highly aromatic wine with intense white floral notes, ripe yellow peaches and fresh nectarines.
447 Westville Road, Marydel • 804-1329
Nassau Valley Vineyards
Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes was the first winery in the First State and celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The Cape Rosé is a traditional dry rose with strawberry and watermelon aromas. It is light and fruity with a crisp, dry finish.
32165 Winery Way, Lewes • 645-9463
Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery
Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery opened its doors in 2016 near Selbyville and carries a variety of wines, from red, white and blush. Sip the refreshing Fredonia, a sweet rosé that offers intense grape flavors and aromas.
32512 Blackwater Road, Frankford • 436-1500
Sposato’s Sweet Blend wine./Photo by Andrew Hoffecker
Sposato Family Vineyards
Don’t be alarmed if you drink an entire bottle of Sposato’s Sweet Blend in one sitting. The Frizzante white wine is light and crisp, slightly effervescent and extremely refreshing. Even if you don’t especially like white wine, you will love this wine.
16181 Hudson Road, Milton • (833) 776-7286