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Nassau Valley Vineyards, Lewes

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Nassau Valley Vineyards was the first winery in the state of Delaware in the United States, and is currently the largest in the state. When jazz singer Peggy Raley decided to open a winery in Delaware, she first had to get the local state legislature to pass a law allowing wineries in the state. By 1991 she drafted the necessary legislation, and she obtained a license and opened the vineyard in 1993. Until October 2007, when Pizzadili Winery opened, it was the first and only winery in the state. There are eight acres of property at the site, and it caters to the beach-bound tourist traffic in the area.HistoryNassau Valley Vineyards is a pioneer in the modern Delaware wine industry, helping to resurrect the industry in the late 20th century. Prior to the winery's foundation, the history of viticulture in Delaware was sporadic. In the 1630s, the Swedes encouraged their New Sweden settlers in the Delaware River valley to plant grapevines and produce wine that could possibly be exported back to Sweden, a country with little native viticulture of its own. When the Dutch took over the area in the mid 17th century and renamed it New Netherland, they similarly promoted viticulture in the area but found the area more suited for apple orchards. From then on, viticulture and winemaking in Delaware was mostly confined to home winemaking until the late 20th century when Nassau Valley Vineyards opened up the first commercial winery in the state.
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  • I wouldn't even give this winery 1 star after the way we were treated. I have visited this winery for years, my sister lives nearby and it was always a nice place to go. I was visiting DE over the Eas...  more »
  • This is a worthwhile visit. The self-guiding wine tour is quite informative though informal. It includes lots of artwork and sayings worth reading. The tour leads you right into the wine tasting room ...  more »
  • I stopped in on a Sunday to drop a freind off after a wedding the night before and the vineyard had a small market set up with local merchants and products paired for wine fanatics. I grabbed some gar...  more »
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  • It was a nice experience. They have a small free self guided tour and then $5 dollar wine tasting which me and my wife enjoyed. Though I would have loved to get a tour of the vineyards itself.
  • Great place! Awesome atmosphere and the tasting was only $5 for 6 wines! Our wine guide, a professional bartender for decades, was extremely personable and clearly enjoys his job. Take the self-guided tour for the winery history and walk the grounds. An all-around wonderful place.
  • Great people to work with, I got married here. the venue is beautiful
  • It's always a pleasure visiting the vineyard! Staff is always extremely pleasant and the view is amazing :)
  • Very nice place and you can't beat the wine tasting