One of the most unique aspects of wineries in Massachusetts is the fact that so many are owned and operated by a single family. Hardwick Winery is no exception. Rather, the winery, with its stunning landscape and buildings steeped in antiquity, is run by two generations of the Samek family – and will be for years to come.
The Sameks purchased the 216 year-old farm in 1997 and established the winery in 2002. Over the last nine years, the family has grown a number of French American hybrids on the 150 acre property including Cayuga, a white grape versatile for blending with other varietals, and Marechal Foch, a red grape widely grown in Massachusetts. From the fruit of their vineyard, Hardwick Winery produces six distinctive wines including their bestselling Massetts Cranberry, a wine made with locally sourced cranberries.
Hardwick is also home to dozens of events throughout the year including live jazz performances, seasonal festivals as well as weddings and family gatherings.
In this segment, John Samek and his daughter Jenn take us on a tour of the vineyard and tasting room at Hardwick and discuss the history of both the vineyard and winery (and its gloriously restored mansion), the year-round effort it takes to grow quality grapes in Central Massachusetts, and how and why viticulture and winemaking are on the rise here in Bay State.
Hardwick Winery is located at 3305 Greenwich Rd. in Hardwick, MA. The winery is open for tours and tastings March through December every Friday-Monday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Editor’s note: This video segment is the fifth in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.