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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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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

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