Of course there’s a vineyard on the Vineyard. In 1971 Chicama Vineyards, founded by Catherine and George Mathiesen became the first bonded winery in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The winery is located a little outside of Vineyard Haven on State Road. The road to get there is a little… um, bumpy but well worth the trip. From Memorial Day to Columbus day there are daily tours available, the rest of the year when there are no tours you can still visit their tasting room and shops. It’s always best to check their website for times and days they’re open. Individual tours are available but for groups of 10 or more reservations are required.
Besides their selections of red and white wines they also carry speciality foods condiments like wine vinegars, mustards, chutneys, salad dressings and flavored oils, as well as jams and ice cream sauces. They also have beautiful gift boxes and baskets.
Having chosen your wine you might want to take a look at their accessories such as the Bootleggers Corkscrew, the oil lamps and beautiful wine glasses.
You’re pretty much all set now to drive to Menemsha and toast the sunset.
*****Chicama Vineyards has closed since this post was written.