The Hardwick Vineyard and Winery is located on a quiet country road that winds around the Quabbin Reservoir, in the central Massachusetts town of Hardwick. For more than a decade the Samek family drove down this road with their eyes on the abandoned Giles E. Warner mansion, built in 1795, watching it deteriorate. They dreamed of starting a vineyard and winery, and saw potential in the two-hundred-year-old house, built while George Washington was president. In 1997, the family bought the house and its 150 acres of land, and began the painstaking process of authentically restoring it.
While the house renovations were underway, the Sameks also started clearing the land to plant grapes. They now grow six varieties of French hybrid grapes and produce about 3,500 gallons of wine every year. The bestseller is their Massetts. Cranberry, blending the sweet grapes from the vineyard with the tart cranberries from another Hardwick farmer. The wine’s name comes from the abbreviation used for Massachusetts during the nation’s federal era, the time period of the house that started it all.
The winery sells cheese sharing plates but you are also wlecome to bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy while sipping your delicious wine or sangria, while enjoying the breathtaking views.