Maine is so often recognized for its delicious seafood and culinary creations that it’s easy to overlook the growth of brewing and winemaking throughout the Pine Tree State. Happily for our Lincolnville visitors (and locals!), we have two amazing adult beverage producers right here in our town. Even better, you have the opportunity to taste – and raise a glass in toast to -- the fruits of their labor when you're visiting our scenic Midcoast Maine village. Cheers!
This story begins 200 years ago with a doormark. Early in the 20th century, a traveler stopped at what is now the Cellardoor farm. As he was leaving, he carved a symbol on the door symbolizing what he found in his stay here; acceptance, cheer, purpose, belonging, and welcome. Guests today still find this to be true when they set foot on the Cellardoor grounds.
Lincolnville is home to the Cellardoor Winery and Vineyard, a 68-acre farm with unbelievable views of Levenseller Mountain. Owner Bettina Doulton fell in love with the property during her 2006 visit and it prompted a monumental change in her life direction. Leaving behind a 21-year career at Fidelity Investments, and feeling more reflective after beating cancer in 2006, Bettina bought the winery in 2007. As the fourth owner of the property in the past century, Bettina and her team undertook the respectful restoration of the 200-year-old post-and-beam barn, built in the 1790s. While preserving the original barn boards (and its history), they expanded and upgraded the Winery facilities, added a porch and loft space and built a new tasting bar. Since then, they have built a 9,000-square-foot winery across the road and have restored the farmhouse, adding a full commercial kitchen.
Of course, you probably want to know more about the wine! In 2008, the 5 1/2 acre vineyard was replanted in 2008 with seven cold-hearty hybrid varietals (able to withstand the harsh Maine climate); the state-of-the-art winery was completed in 2009. Since this first replanting, the vineyard is now reaching maturity, capable to produce crop loads that are sustainable for wine production. In September 2012, they saw their first harvest of grapes from their vineyard for future estate-grown releases. They will continue to source additional grapes from Washington, California, and New York - all from premier vineyards. They also use local blueberries.
Expert winemaker, Aaron Peet, is the man in charge of these delicious blends – ranging from crisp and dry, to velvety and robust, to delicately sweet; presented in reds and whites along with Cellardoor’s insanely popular specialty wines. He began his career as a winemaker at Cellardoor Winery in the summer of 2008. He thoroughly enjoys and embraces the challenge of evolving production in Cellardoor’s new, modern winemaking facility. Aaron is educated in all aspects of the art and science of winemaking and specializes in making wine in handcrafted batches. And, as they say at Cellardoor: “Live your life. Be who you are. Drink good wine along the way.”
If you’re looking to tour the winery, stop by for a free tour at 2 p.m. anytime between Memorial Day through Columbus Day (weekend tours are only before Memorial Day and after Columbus Day).
If you would like to reserve a VIP tour of the property (daily: Mother’s Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend), you’re in for a real treat. These 90-minute VIP tours include a six sample tasting, a glass of wine, an artisan cheese plate from Eat More Cheese, and a special edition Cellardoor Winery glass. VIP Tours are $50 per person (with a 10 person maximum) and are offered daily through October 12 at 3 p.m. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. You should also call the winery directly (207.763.4478) if you have a large party (8 people+) that is planning a trip; this will help ensure your group is accommodated in your visit!
Complete information is on their website, but here is a quick overview of their seasonal hours:
Tasting Room Hours:
12 PM – 5 PM Thursdays through Sundays (April 4 – Mother’s Day Weekend)
11 AM – 6 PM daily (Mother’s Day Weekend – October)
11 AM – 5 PM daily (November – December 24)
They are closed during the off-season (Jan-March); call if you’d like to stop by
(*This one is not in Lincolnville, but a stone’s throw away in Rockport – located at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 90. Phone: 207.236.2654)
Tasting Room Hours:
12 PM – 5 PM Thursdays – Sundays (March 7 – Mother’s Day Weekend)
11 AM – 6 PM daily (Mother’s Day Weekend-October)
11 AM – 5 PM daily (November & December)
This is their second tasting room and art gallery. Formerly known as “the yellow house” to locals, the Villa still has its historic Victorian architectural charm, with unique elements salvaged from a grand home on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick – including a glass conservatory and ornate decor. They teamed up with Art Collector Maine in 2012 – combining wine and art. They feature new artists each month and have a kick-off reception at The Villa and an artist series dinner at the Farmhouse in Lincolnville.
This spot is also the brick and mortar location for CellardoorAtHome.com. Here, you can sample plenty of jams and jellies, chutneys and dessert sauces. They also offer wine and hors d’oeuvres at their Villa After Hours every Thursday (April through October) from 5-7 p.m.
In planning your trip to Lincolnville, make sure that Cellardoor Winery is at the top of your list. Be sure to check out the site (and join the mailing list) for the latest information on cooking classes, winemaking classes, and special events before your visit.
367 Youngtown Road
Lincolnville, Maine 04849
The fact that Andrew’s Brewing Company has established a loyal following amongst beer lovers throughout this brewery-competitive state is a notable achievement in and of itself. To put it into context, Maine Brewers’ Guild says there are about 50 breweries with 200 different brands here in Maine. However, Andy Hazen and his son Ben Hazen were never intimidated, because they know that they're making some pretty amazing stuff.
Andrew’s Brewing Company. Their ales, ranging from their flagship Andrew’s Pale Ale, to the St. Nick Porter, to the Northern Brown Ale, to the English Pale Ale (made with the Amarillo hop), to the summer seasonal Ruby's Golden Ale, are all thirst-quenchingly delicious.
Andy started up the business back in 1992 in an old clapboard barn high on a hill overlooking the Lincolnville coast. With a 12-barrel brewing system he designed himself (and put together by a local welder), Andrew’s Brewing Co. became the fifth microbrewery in Maine.
If you’d like to visit the brewery, ask a Lincolnville local on how to get there. There isn't a sign on the premises anymore due to some past hooliganism, but it’s worth finding.
Of course, visitors can easily enjoy these flavorsome ales right at Andy’s Brew Pub; – the newest addition to The Lobster Pound, a seafood icon located right on Lincolnville Beach. The pub fare is piping hot and made with fresh local ingredients, and the beer is ice cold.
For more in-depth information on the Hazen story, please check out our in-depth profile here. [Link to Andrew’s Profile]. For more information including their menu, seasonal brews, and latest hours, visit Andy’s Brew Pub website. To visit the brewery itself, give them a call to make sure they’re available for a tour during your Lincolnville visit.
353 High Street
Lincolnville, ME 04849
(At The Lobster Pound)
2521 Atlantic Hwy
Lincolnville, ME 04849