Travelers to Cape Cod can find a little taste of wine country atmosphere amidst the sand dunes by visiting Truro Vineyards. The winery is located in North Truro, almost all the way to Provincetown at the end of Cape Cod. Winemakers Kathy Gregrow and Judy Wimer founded the winery in 1992 after seeing potential in the warm coastal air and well-drained, sandy soil, which gives Cape Cod an ideal microclimate not unlike the North Fork of Long Island. Since 2007, the winery has been owned and operated by the Roberts family, headed by Dave Roberts who spent 40 years in the fine wine and spirits industry, including 20 years as CEO of United Liquors, a multi-state distributor. The Roberts family are hands on owners and David Roberts Jr., who worked as a professional beer brewer for over 10 years, is working as an assistant to head winemaker Matyas Vogel, a native of Hungary.
Truro Vineyards produces more than 6,000 cases per year of 10 different wines, which are sold at the winery and also distributed to over 100 restaurants and wine stores on Cape Cod and throughout Massachusetts. From April to December, the winery offers tours and tastings in a restored 1830s farmhouse. The farmhouse also has a gift shop where Truro Vineyards' wines are available for purchase. From May through October, the gift shop and tasting room is open 7 days a week, Monday thru Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 5 pm. Tours are typically held at 1 pm and 3 pm, but it is advisable to call ahead.
The grounds outside the farmhouse are a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and some wine while overlooking the vineyards. The farmhouse is very attractive, and in 1930 was the subject of a painting by the famous American artist Edward Hopper, who spent many years on Cape Cod. The water tower in Hopper's painting is now topped by a large wine barrel, as seen in the photo above.
"Rich's House," Edward Hopper, 1930, Watercolor On Paper
Of the wines we tasted, our favorite was Cape Blush, a light, semi-dry blend of Cayuga and Cabernet Franc that is very refreshing when served well chilled. Another wine we liked was Cranberry Infusion, a light Beaujolais-like wine that was not as sweet as I expected, given that it includes a small amount of Cape Cod Cranberries. This wine and another light summer wine, Diamond White, are sold in unique lighthouse shaped bottles. Best of the red wines was Triumph, a rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc aged in American Oak for 18 months. Other wines include three whites -- Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Vignoles -- and two reds -- Cabernet Franc and Maritime Zinfandel.
For wine travelers looking for a break from the beach or a great way to spend a rainy day, Truro Vineyards is the place to be on Cape Cod.
Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod
North Truro, Mass.