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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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  • August 8, 2017
    Stopped here in route to the beaches. I was thinking there would be a "tour" but it was really just a pictorial along the walls leading from the gift shop to the wine tasting area. For $5 we received ...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    We stopped to get out of the heat and were pleasantly surprised. Very nice self-guided tour. Front counter staff was very pleasant..she directed us to a larger area in the back past the "museum" where...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    There is a free, self-guided tour, and you can also do the wine tasting ($5 for six tastings, and you can keep the glass). Kids have to remain six feet from the bar, and the tasting room is quite smal...  more »
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  • April 27, 2017
    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.
  • February 27, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    Great people to work with, I got married here. the venue is beautiful
  • May 21, 2017
    It's always a pleasure visiting the vineyard! Staff is always extremely pleasant and the view is amazing :)
  • June 16, 2017
    Very nice place and you can't beat the wine tasting

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