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RAISE A GLASS

  • A group of friends try a flight of wine samples at the Gilmanton Winery and Vineyard on April 28. Elizabeth Frantz photos / Monitor staff

  • Scenes from a wine tasting at Gilmanton Winery in Gilmanton on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • A group of friends gather for a wine tasting at Gilmanton Winery on April 28.

  • A sample of Jack the Ripper is shared during a wine tasting at Gilmanton Winery in Gilmanton on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Lise Buteau of Sabattus, Maine, looks over the wine list following a tasting with friends at Gilmanton Winery in Gilmanton on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Marshall Bishop takes a sample of Seyval Twist from a vat at the Gilmanton Winery.

  • Marshall Bishop prunes one of his grape vines at Gilmanton Winery in Gilmanton on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bottles of wine and a tip jar at the Gilmanton Winery.

  • A bird house sits on top of a post along a row of Concord grape vines at Gilmanton Winery in Gilmanton on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Scenes from a wine tasting at Gilmanton Winery in Gilmanton on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Saturday, May 05, 2018

Since Marshall Bishop planted his first grape vines in the front yard in 2007, it’s been hard to miss his Meadow Pond Road property in Gilmanton. What started as a hobby is now a full-time job for Bishop and his wife, Sunny, and it keeps growing.

“We’ve been out-growing ever since we started,” said Sunny Bishop.

Gilmanton Winery & Vineyard is now up to about 850 vines and currently has 19 wines on their tasting menu.

From their Green Apple Riesling to Raspberry Chocolate, Girls Night Out to Cran has the Blues, the menu is full of catchy names and concise descriptions. Tasting flights are offered in different sizes and visitors can sit and enjoy their samples both indoors and out on the front porch overlooking sections of the vineyard.

The winery has picked up a few silver and bronze awards at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and other events in past years. Some winners include Grace’s, which is a balance of bright, tart Seyval grapes and sweet Concord grapes, and Jack the Ripper, a Carmenere wine with deep cherry and peppery flavors.

In addition to tasting wine, the winery also includes a small restaurant that offers weekly Sunday brunches and five-course dinners on select dates throughout the year. The dinners are reservation only, as are holiday brunches such as next week’s Mother’s Day meal. Parties and weddings are also reserved at the winery.

The Gilmanton Winery is open Thursday to Saturday yearround from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with longer hours in the summer.

On Sundays, brunch is served from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and tastings are available from 1:30 to 5 p.m. More information can be found at gilmantonwinery.com.