Three New England Wineries Where You Can Tie the Knot
Brimming with estate pours, vineyard views, and cool cellar spaces, these winsome wineries are the toast of the town.
What could be more fitting than tying the knot inside the former headquarters of the world’s largest rope manufacturer? Bob and Raquel Mullaney transformed the 19th-century Plymouth Cordage Company space—which made rigging for the USS Constitution—into 1620 Winery, a vino bar and wedding venue in Plymouth. Exchange vows under a chandelier made from twisted grapevines in the Grand Ballroom, where original 25-foot-tall wooden ceilings, exposed brick, and wood-plank floors set the stage for ceremonies and receptions. The room’s sliding barn-door room dividers, meanwhile, come in handy for cocktail hour, which you can also host in the nearby Barrel Room, complete with tin ceilings and cask-lined walls. Need a break from clinking glasses? Steal a romantic moment under the white wooden gazebo by the winery’s pond: Decidedly picturesque, the tranquil spot is home to a pair of swans, known to mate for life.
Embrace your inner history buff with a group outing at Plimoth Plantation, where guests can stroll the decks of Mayflower II. The full-size replica ship, originally crafted in the 1950s, made its triumphant return to Plymouth in the summer of 2020 after a three-year renovation.
You’re into rustic-elegance, your partner craves coastal-glamour, and you both love wine. Find the perfect balance at Newport Vineyards, located just five miles away from downtown Newport’s yacht-packed harbor. The historical 100-acre property combines the natural beauty of rolling farmland with the urban edge of sleek concrete floors and glittering chandeliers. Say “I do” overlooking rows of ripening sauvignon blanc grapes, which you’ll savor while sampling the venue’s 30-plus-bottle portfolio during cocktail hour. Refill your glass, then gather your nearest and dearest for a vine-to-table repast in the Meadow Room—your snazzy barn-inspired reception space, filled with reclaimed New England timber. The final touch? Customized wine splits. Produced by the vineyard and available for special order, the boozy favors are the perfect way for guests to uncork memories of your big day.
Stay on theme with a wine-fueled celebration at the Chanler at Cliff Walk, an 1870s mansion turned hotel (and popular wedding venue) overlooking the Atlantic. Inside Cara, the boutique property’s four-star restaurant, you’ll feast on delicacies such as grilled Wagyu ribeye or scallop crudo while sipping on Wine Spectator award–winning pours.
Dotted with crab apple trees and sunflowers, LaBelle Winery in Amherst, New Hampshire could be the pastoral paradise you seek for your union. Owner/winemaker Amy LaBelle, a former South End resident, designed the chic space with nature in mind. Get the party started on the cocktail-ready terrace, which overlooks the fields and flowers, then relocate to the adjoining Great Room to break bread and boogie with guests. Large and airy, the impressive reception spot lives up to its name with vaulted ceilings and wrought-iron light fixtures. Looking for something a little more intimate? Equipped for gatherings of 32 or less, the Vintage Room features a private outdoor space near the grapes.
End the festivities with a bang courtesy of Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, which coordinates and executes brilliant fireworks displays. Based in Jaffrey, the family-run business can even choreograph the colorful bursts to your favorite tune.
Editor’s Note: While many local venues have suspended or modified operations due to coronavirus, we hope our inspirational suggestions will help you plan your future celebration.
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