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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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  • The team @ Nassau Vineyards were very accommodating and friendly. The wines they suggested complimented the food that was served and the guests enjoyed both offerings. Parking was ample and nearby. Ad...  more »
  • We visited on a Sunday afternoon when they have a farm market. We first walked the market and then went in for a tasting. Tasting was $5 for 6 wines and you keep the glass. You have to get your glass ...  more »
  • I was fortunate enough to be part of a group tasting today given by the owner Peggy. In the space of an hour we were treated not only to good wines locally grown in Delaware's first vineyard, but to a...  more »
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  • We came here for the farmers market and decided to go for the wine tasting. They were busy on a Sunday afternoon and we had to wait. You get to pick what you would like to try and the server was very informative. What a gem in our own back yard. I found the wine really good; we purchased the Delaware White, which was all our favorite...we prefer white. Oh, I forgot to mention they give you actual glass wine glasses with their logo on it which you get to keep. So you get a souvenir to boot! The glass is a little smaller than a standard size wine glass, but very nice touch!
  • This winery was awesome! There is a tour of their history as well as wine facts. The tasting room was nice and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The wines were great as well. I would definitely recommend!!
  • I'm not a huge wine fan, but this place is great. The grounds are beautiful, the tour was fun and informative, and everything I sampled was delicious. So delicious that I decided to pick up a few bottles for home, and some to bring to Christmas dinner.
  • Really pleasantly surprised how great the wine was, plus the location is very authentic, like a museum and winery combo, as well as a really sweet wedding location. There was a sommelier who was very knowledgeable and our tasting was super enjoyable, laid back, low key. Also, the grounds are really well kept, the whole thing is like a secret getaway.
  • Great wine, though it gets very busy and they are ill prepared for a huge crowd. They definitely make the best of it with their interesting set-up though, but don't expect to step in for a tasting last minute. Get there at least an hour and a half before close to guarantee a spot.

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