Rockland, Maine has become quite the culinary mecca and one of the newest additions is the Breakwater Vineyard Tasting Room. Located on Main Street, the tasting room offers a unique opportunity to be able to sample some of these locally produced wines in a very upscale and comfortable setting.
Bill and Jeanne Johnson came to mid-coast Maine to live out their dream. They transitioned a horse farm into a vineyard in just a few short years. The winemaker at Breakwater Vineyard is Brain Smith of Warren, Maine. While the vineyard is not certified organic, organic growing practices are in place and in addition to grapes they have honeybees and dairy goats. This is the fourth season for the vineyard. With three acres under cultivation some 3500 vines are planted. While they are still sourcing some of the grapes that they use to make their wine, very bottle has some of their own grapes. This year for the first time, Cayuga grapes were planted.
You can go to taste the wine at the vineyard in Owls Head overlooking the Rockland breakwater or you can come to the downtown location which is open from noon to 6pm every day. The downtown Rockland location is a new addition having just opened in May 2013.
For the wine tasting you have lots of wine choices. The dry whites include Unoaked Chardonnay, Chardonnay and Riesling. Dry reds include Pinot Noir and Breakwaters Blues. Sweeter wines are also included, Something Sweet, Rose Rugosa and Bees Knees Mead. You stand at the bar and choose which ones you would like to taste. There is a set price for a number of tastes. The following is a personal evaluation. Riesling, very fruity and light but dry not sweet. Something Sweet is just that, a light white sweet wine, delicious. The smell of Bees Knees Mead is overwhelmingly sweet honey but the taste is much lighter, very enjoyable.
After your tasting you are welcome to buy any of the wines that you enjoyed. There are also other items mostly wine related for sale in the tasting room. It is a nice way to get a taste for the wines that are grown in the area and also to relax with friends and have some great wine. Lisa the manager of the store will be happy to tell you the history of the vineyard and give you wine suggestions if you are confused.