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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 only vineyard in Delaware started originally as an effort to see if you could grow wine quality vines in Delaware,now celebrating it's 25th anniversary. It is a lovely site and for $5 a person you...  more »
  • Nassau Valley Vineyards has about as good a selection of wines as I’ve ever seen in a small winery. Everything from their dry reds to their sweet whites are all excellent. Their tastings are $5 for si...  more »
  • My wife and I went to Rehoboth for the weekend and stumbled across this quaint, beautiful winery just off Route 1. Older buildings lend a European feel to this place! The wine was very good. I tasted ...  more »
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  • A hidden gem in Lewes, serving and selling a great selection if wine - red, white, dry & sweet. Something for everyone! Val & Trudy were knowledgeable and funny hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Bought some wine and will definitely return!
  • At the time of our visit, my wife and I were the only two people there. The staff was visibly preoccupied and harried by an event that was to occur several hours later. Our sommelier seemed to recite our selections by rote and made the best of the incessant distractions. Even though I'm not a wine connoisseur, I didn't appreciate having the dregs poured into my glass because she wanted to "kill the bottle". Expect no walking tour of vineyard and facilities as this is a self-guided tour through some dark tunnel-like wine cellar simulacrum timeline which emeges in their rustic store. At least we got to take home our memento wine glasses.🤔🚱
  • Beautiful grounds, fun little "self-guided tour" with wine history and trivia. The wine was about what you'd expect from this region. The best example of its varietal was the unoaked Chardonnay. Definitely worth a visit for an enjoyable jaunt!
  • Charming setting, great music during the Sunday farmers market. We had a great time with Val!
  • Very nice atmosphere. Loved the self tour. I had the sweet wine tasting. Good price, and I got to keep the glass.
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