The beautiful backdrop of the Berkshires places The Red Lion Inn at the crossroads of some of the best cider houses and wineries in all of New England. Our rural northern home is the ideal habitat for apple orchards, vineyards, and the talented craftspeople who make these refreshing drinks. Next time you visit the Berkshires, be sure to try our favorite local drinking spots.
Les Trois Emme Winery
The name of this esoteric drinking spot means “The Three Ms.” It’s a reference to the names of the three granddaughters of the owners, which all start with M. A family-owned, operated, and centered business, this charming winery will make you feel like you’re sipping wine in the countryside of France. In addition to their tasting room where you can try their in-house wine specials, Les Trois Emme Winery also has events throughout the year with live music—the best pairing for a wine tasting.
Known for their artisanal craft ciders and varietal grape wines, Hilltop Orchards grows all of the apples and grapes they use for their handcrafted drinks. They use a painstaking process involving the right climate, pinpoint carbonation, slow fermentation, and oak barrel aging to create their Berkshires cider. If you visit during the fall, you can also taste their freshly baked cider donuts and hike their trails for some peak Berkshire views.
Berkshires Cider Project
This artistic cider house is a part of a growing community of creatives, artists, and makers at the Greylock WORKS in the Berkshires. The Berkshires Cider Project is committed to sustainability. You’ll find their location in a refurbished textile mile and their cider craft process seeks to eliminate as much waste and plastic as possible. Their unique process results in a one-of-a-kind cider that tastes like the fresh green New England earth it came from.
Instead of growing locally, this boutique winery partners with world-class growers in the Paso Robles and Edna Valley regions of California to bring you ultra-premium wine with a hospitable, small-town feel. Balderdash Cellars is the best place to try some high-end Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, or Albarino while hearing some tall tales from the locals.
Bartlett's Orchard is the most family-friendly pick on our list. The best time to visit is during autumn, when you can see the colorful foliage and pick your own fruit! Try out the New England native species of Mcintosh, Macoun, Red Delicious, and more. And on your way out, stop by the farm market store for some hot cider donuts and freshly pressed non-alcoholic apple cider. The whole family can enjoy this Berkshire cider joint.
Stay at the Red Lion Inn While You Explore the Berkshires
The Red Lion Inn’s own restaurant and The Lion’s Den also sell ciders and wines. Our hospitable, cozy inn is the perfect place to unwind after a drinking tour of the best cider and wineries in the Berkshires. Book your room now to start your fine wine and dine experience!