In 2004, Dave and Linda Neilson found a 14-acre former cornfield in southeastern Massachusetts. The South Dartmouth land was the perfect location to create Coastal Vineyards. They prepared the soil diligently and spent the next two years planting 4,200 and 4,800 grapevines. They grow such varietals as Chardonnay,Riesling,Chambourcin,Cabernet Franc,Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir,Merlot,Cayuga,Sauvignon Blanc,Traminette,Pinot Blanc,Muscat,Vidal Blanc,Seyval Blanc,Gewürztraminer,Marquette,Aromella.
In 2007, Dave began constructing the winery and harvested his first small crop of grapes. They yielded a crop of seven tons of grapes in the autumn of 2008 for their first official commercial harvest. By the summer of 2009, Coastal Vineyards introduced its wine to the public and opened its outdoor tasting room with their scenic views of their vineyards and the sea.
Coastal Vineyards is a picturesque ten acre vineyard nestled in a rural area that is within a sea breeze of the ocean. The winery & tasting room overlooks a sprawling lawn that leads to the vineyard, where visitors can sit in Adirondack chairs sipping wine or snacking.
The Coastal Vineyards Marquette Estate 2014 is a big red win with a nose of blueberries and cocoa and red cassis and spice. The fruit comes across beautifully on this wine, with cherry and other stewed ripe red fruits, a hint of dark cocoa, vanilla and spice, with a nice balance of acidity and tannins. A lovely, complex wine, I kept reconsidering (in a good way) with every subsequent sip. A lovely, well put together wine. Polished and extremely well done!
A very, very impressive Marquette worth of real consideration in New England.