Visiting Black Birch Vineyard
When my little sister told me she’d be getting married next year on a vineyard in Western Massachusetts, I honestly underestimated just how adorable her venue would be.
I knew it’d be a beautiful space; a perfect fit just for her and her favorite person.
But, it wasn’t until we took a little ride up to Black Birch Vineyard that I could clearly see how charming it is.
And not charming like the way realtors say a major fixer-upper is “charming”. I mean actually downrightcharming. Charming in that sense that it somehow feels like home.
Here, I’ll do my best to describe it for you.
Once you hop off the highway, you make your way to a tiny road. It’s lined on one side with trees and a few cozy homes, and on your other side you’re treated to calming views of open farmland.
Once you take a quick right, you’re almost there.
As soon as you pull into the long stretch of land, the welcome view of grapevines comes into focus.
In the summer months they’re lush with grapes and greenery. You may even spot a little pack of visitors walking around the grounds, learning about the ins and outs of wine making. They’ll be professionals by the end of the tour, no doubt.
As you slowly make your way through the grounds, taking in the sights and the sounds, you’ll see trios of Adirondack chairs. If the weather’s decent, you’re likely to also find the lawn scattered with fellow visitors, perhaps a few picnics in tow, too. Dogs will be running and playing, delighting newcomers as they arrive.
And finally, you’ll come upon the tasting room. A refreshing, yet comfortable space that houses some deliciously drinkable wine. As you sip on their Traminette or maybe the Cab Franc, you’ll snack on some locally sourced cheese and soft baguettes.
You’ll hear the sounds of the birds flying low, the billowing trees in the wind, and the low chatter of the docile crowd.
You’ll sip on your wine, and mosey back to the bar indoors when you’re fresh out and in need of a refill. You’ll chat with a fellow behind the bar who tells you about their wine, and once you’ve tried a few more glasses, you’ll be on your way back home. By the time the sun’s setting and the vineyard is closing up shop, you’ll leave full and happy.
Can you envision yourself there yet? Well, now the only question is what are you waiting for?