New Hampshire Wine

New Hampshire is a small state in the far northeast corner of the US, bordering Maine, Vermont and Canada. The wine industry in New Hampshire is still embryonic; the oldest winery in the state was established only in 1994. The good news is that its early vintages have shown promise, and New Hampshire wines have won both national and international awards throughout the early 21st Century.

The flag of New Hampshire

The state is roughly rectangular in shape, and covers 9,300 square miles (24,000 sq km) between latitudes 42°N and 45°N, bringing it roughly equivalent to southern France. The very southeast corner of the state touches the Atlantic Ocean, and it in this part of New Hampshire that most viticulture takes place. Here, the warmer waters of the Atlantic Gulf Stream bring a moderating influence to the vineyards, and warmer winters and cooler summers make for a more-suitable climate for grapes.

New Hampshire is known as the 'Granite State', and its rocky hills have proved suited to viticulture. Good drainage and low fertility in the soils serve to stress the vines, leading them to focus their energies on producing grapes with a high concentration of flavor compounds rather than leaves and vegetation. The slope and aspect of the hills is also important for site selection as good sunlight exposure aids ripening during the growing season, and strong winds from the ocean help to keep the canopy dry, reducing the risk of fungal diseases in the summer humidity.

Despite the warming influences afforded by the ocean, New Hampshire can still be considered cool-climate, and this is evident in the selection of grape varieties in the state. Plantings of Vitis vinifera are rare, and the New Hampshire wine industry is based on the Franco-American hybrids that have been specially bred to withstand colder temperatures; Traminette, Marechal Foch and Vidal can all be found in the vineyards here. However, the main focus of New Hampshire's wine production remains with fruit other than grapes. The climate here, and the natural leaning towards fruit-based agriculture, has led the state's winemakers to capitalize on cranberries, raspberries and particularly blueberries. Maple syrup has even been employed as a base for a dessert wine, betraying the state's north-easterly location.

New Hampshire has no American Viticultural Area (AVA) titles other than the state appellation.

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Most Popular New Hampshire Wine

Based on search frequency, updated monthly
Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Schilling Beer Co. 'Dorst' Pilsner Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 65,290th $8
Fabrizia Limoncello Liqueur, New Hampshire, USA Liqueur - Fruit 65,290th 88 $18
Fabrizia Blood Orange Liqueur, New Hampshire, USA Liqueur - Fruit 115,347th 87 $16
Moonlight Meadery Utopian Mead, New Hampshire, USA Honey 115,347th $220
Fabrizia Italian Lemonade, New Hampshire, USA Premixed Drinks 141,622nd $5
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Old Brown Dog Ale Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 150,299th 91 $4
Northwoods Brewing Company Bumbleberry IPA Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 150,299th $8
Hermit Woods Winery Winnipesaukee Rose, New Hampshire, USA Flavored - Spiced - Fruit Wine 150,299th $25
Flag Hill Blueberry Liqueur, New Hampshire, USA Liqueur - Fruit 171,845th $34
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Mysterious Haze Double Dry-Hopped NEIPA Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 185,233rd $5
Farnum Hill Dooryard Cider, New Hampshire, USA Cider 185,233rd N/A
Fabrizia Ready-to-Drink Variety Pack, New Hampshire, USA Premixed Drinks 185,233rd $5
Ice Pik Vodka, New Hampshire, USA Vodka 185,233rd $14
Stoneface Brewing Co. IPA India Pale Ale Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 201,489th $5
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 201,489th 91 $5
Smuttynose Brewing Co. 'Whole Lotta Lupulin' Double India Pale Ale Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 201,489th $7
White Birch Brewing Raspberry Berliner Weisse Ale Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 201,489th $5
Sap House Meadery Cranberry Sage Mead, New Hampshire, USA Honey 201,489th $51
Smoky Quartz Distillery V5 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey, New Hampshire, USA Whiskey - Bourbon 221,372nd $56
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Finest Kind India Pale Ale Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 221,372nd 93 $4
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Wheat Wine Ale Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 221,372nd 91 N/A
Moonlight Meadery Them Little Apples Semi-Dry Hard Cider, New Hampshire, USA Cider 221,372nd $5
Sap House Meadery Vanilla Bean Mead, New Hampshire, USA Honey 221,372nd $38
Stoneface Brewing Co. 'Hopulization' Double IPA Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 221,372nd 93 $25
Northwoods Brewing Company 'Kellerbier' Beer, New Hampshire, USA Beer 221,372nd $5
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