The other day while on a short trip to Ocean City, Maryland, my mom and I drove just over the state line to Delaware. I was on a mission to scratch off another state on my fifty states, fifty wineries bucket list. Luckily Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery is just a short distance away from my parents’ house at the shore, and I had not been to a winery in Delaware yet.
About Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery
Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery is located in Frankford, Delaware, which is just outside of Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach. Previously, the winery was located in Fenwick Island and was known as Fenwick Wine Cellars. After six years at the Fenwick location it was time to expand to a larger tasting room and grow vines on site. I am really loving their new coastal winery name too, aren’t you?
The winery is now located on twenty-six acres which the owner plans to cultivate over the next ten years. Currently two acres are planted on site, they consist of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Next spring the plan is to plant three more dry red varietals.
Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery offers a tasting of all their wines. Pouring our tasting for us was a very nice and knowledgeable staff member named Jerry. We started with the whites and worked down through the blushes and then the reds. Many of the wines on the tasting menu are semi-dry and sweet. Being a dry drinker, my favorite wine on their tasting was the Blackwater Red. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. As a bonus to their tasting list during the summer time they offer wine slushies!
The new tasting room is very large and has a nice rustic chic feel to it. I love their light up Vino sign that sits above the tasting bar. The wood wall, fire-place and couches make this tasting room feel very inviting.
Some Things I Learned About Delaware Wineries
Since this was my first tasting at a Delaware winery I learned some new things that pertain specifically to the state of Delaware. Like many wineries Salted Vines Vineyard’s bar was standing room only. What I did not know was that it is a state law in Delaware that you cannot have seats up at the tasting bar. Another law Delaware has is that you cannot take an open bottle of wine, or a glass of wine you have not finished off the winery premises. So, when you buy a bottle at the winery either plan to drink it all there or leave it corked until your home.
Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery is a fantastic wine stop on the shore. Their beautiful tasting room offers a lot of space for groups. I cannot wait to see the developments that take place there in the next few years with the continued plans of expansion. I will be back in the future to try the up and coming varietals.