Philosophy

As New England’s premier winery destination, our winemaking philosophy is simple: make wines we are proud of and guests enjoy.

Daring to be different

To do so, we must dare to be different. In an industry that clings to tradition and conformity, at Cellardoor we don’t fear change—we embrace it. Whether by incorporating new production technologies, planting a newly developed cold-hardy grapevine, or crafting an unusual blend, we are comfortable living on the edge of the wine world—both figuratively and literally.

Quality Fruit

With that in mind, we source grapes from vineyards in California, Washington, New York, and even right from our own backyard. Be it from our own vineyard or those that we source from, all of the grapes that go into our wines are hand-picked and thoughtfully guided through every step of the winemaking process by some of the most hard working, dedicated people in the industry.

State of the art Winery

Every bottle that dons our historic hobo symbol is produced in a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in Lincolnville, Maine. From our custom sloped tanks, advanced lab-ware, pneumatic press, gentle pumps, and a portable steam generator we use to sanitize instead of harsh cleaning chemicals, we make every effort to improve wine quality and reduce our impact on the environment. Since all water used in our facility is from our property’s own natural mountain spring, we were the first in the state to implement an innovative water filtration system that allows us to sustainably return clean water back to the ground supply. Even the winemaking facility itself is built into a mountain hillside to help regulate temperature and humidity in our barrel aging rooms.

Crafting Great Wines

My late mentor, and Washington state wine pioneer Stan Clarke, once argued that a winemaker’s artistry and technique has a far greater impact on wine quality than the highly marketed concept of ‘terroir.’ That was a message I took to heart and fits perfectly with the artistic, boutique approach we apply to our winemaking at Cellardoor. In fact, having the freedom to work with multiple vineyards from all over the country ultimately gives us the opportunity to craft great wines that are both distinctly Maine-made and uniquely American.

Aaron Peet, Winemaker

Wine in Maine

Cellardoor is on the cutting edge of the wine world and with that comes trials and tribulations, but with hard work and some Yankee ingenuity, Aaron’s winemaking team has seen success on a national and international scale with several awards for their handcrafted blends. We take great pride in sourcing the best fruit available and making every effort to ensure a quality, delicious bottle ready for your table.

From the basement to the hill

Historically, the winery was located in the basement under the Cellardoor Winery barn. In 2010, we built a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art winery across the street. Our new facility has allowed us to increase our production from 1,200 cases to nearly 12,000 cases of wine.

Raw materials

In addition to fruit harvested from our own vineyard and blueberries from Maine, we source grapes from premier vineyards in Washington, California and New York. All, except the white grapes, are crushed on premises.

Something for everyone

We offer a broad selection of wines, ranging from crisp and dry, to velvety and robust, to delicate and sweet. We’re not wine snobs – our goal is to make wine tasting approachable, easy and pleasant for our guests.

Estate Wines

The fruit grown in our estate vineyard tend to be lower in sugar and higher in acid than typical wine grapes and are best suited for sparkling wines. Our Vendange and Blanc de Blancs are created in the traditional method, a labor intensive and traditional method where second fermentation occurs in bottle.

Distribution

We proudly distribute our wines to stores, restaurants, and inns throughout Maine. To inquire about purchasing Cellardoor wine wholesale, please contact mckenzie@mainewine.com.

Maine Winery of the Year
2013 New York International
2014 New York International

Albarino
2014
Silver – L.A. International 2016
Silver – San Francisco International 2016
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017
2017
Silver – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

Barbera
2010
Silver – Indy International 2011

Blanc de Blancs
2013
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017
Silver – Best of New England 2017
Silver – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017
Silver – Indy International Wine Competition 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon
2010
Silver – International Eastern 2013
Silver American Wine Society 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon
2012
Gold – American Wine Society 2014
Gold – Winemaker Challenge San Diego 2015 (90 pts)
Silver – San Francisco International 2015
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2016

C’est de l’or
2014
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017

Chardonnay
2010
Silver – Indy International 2011
Silver – American Wine Society 2011
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2012
2011
Silver – San Diego International 2013
2012
Gold – Winemaker Challenge San Diego 2015 (90 pts)
2015
Silver – Indy International Wine Competition 2017

Chenin Blanc
2010
Silver – Indy International 2011
2012
Silver – San Diego International 2014
Silver – San Francisco International 2014
Silver – American Wine Society 2014
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2014
2014
Best of Class, Gold – L. A. International 2016 (91 pts)
Silver – San Francisco International 2016

Cielos
2013
Silver – L. A. International 2016
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – San Francisco international 2016 (96 pts)

Clary Hill Blue
2009
Double Gold/Best of Class – International Eastern 2011

Dolcetto
2010

Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2013
Gold – San Francisco International 2013
2012
Silver – San Francisco International 2014
Silver – Winemaker Challenge San Diego 2015 (89 pts)
Gold – San Francisco International 2015 (90 pts)
2013
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Great American International 2017

Garnacha
2013

Silver – Great American International 2017

Gewurztraminer
2009

Silver – NextGen 2011
2010
Silver – Indy International 2012
2011
Silver – American Wine Society 2013
2015
Silver – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017
Silver – Indy International Wine Competition 2017

Grenache Artist Series
2009

Double Gold – NextGen 2010

Grenache
2010

Silver – Indy International 2012
Silver – American Wine Society 2012
Gold – Winemaker Challenge 2013
Silver – San Francisco International 2013

Iron Gate
2013

Double Gold – Indy International Wine Competition 2017
Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2016 (88pts)
Silver – San Francisco International 2016
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017
Silver – Great American International 2017

Merlot
2014

Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017

Monti al Mare
2009

Gold – American Wine Society Competition 2010
2010
Silver – Indy International 2011
Silver – American Wine Society 2011
Silver – U. S. National 2012

Monti al Mare
2011

Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2014
Gold – San Diego International 2014
Silver – San Francisco International 2014
Silver – LA International 2015
Silver – San Francisco International 2015
2013
Gold – Finger Lakes International 2016
Silver – LA International 2016
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Great American International 2017
2014
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017

Ned Said Red
2010

Silver – American Wine Society 2012
Silver – San Diego International 2013
Silver – US National 2013
2012
Double Gold – American Wine Society 2014
2013
Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2016 (89 pts)
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2016
Gold – Great American International 2017

Perfect Stranger
2010

Silver – Indy International 2011
2013
Gold – Indy International 2015
2014
Silver – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017 (93 pts)
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2016
Silver – San Francisco International 2016
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Great American International 2017

Petite Sirah
2009

Silver – Indy International 2011
Silver – American Wine Society 2011
2010
Platinum – San Diego International 2013
Silver – San Francisco International 2013
2011
Gold – San Diego International 2014
Silver – San Francisco International 2014
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2014
2012
Silver – LA International 2016
2013
Gold – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017
Silver – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

Petit Verdot
2012
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2014
Gold – Winemaker Challenge San Diego 2015 (92 pts)
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2016
2013
Double Gold – Indy International Wine Competition 2017
Silver – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017
Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2016 (87 pts)
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017

Pinot Gris
2011

Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2013
Silver – San Francisco International 2013
2012
Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2014
Silver – American Wine Society 2014
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2014
2014
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017

Pinot Noir
2012

Silver – San Francisco International 2014
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2014
Silver – Winemaker Challenge San Diego 2015 (88 pts)
Gold – LA International 2015 (91 pts)
2013
Double Gold – Indy International Wine Competition 2017

Prince Valiant
2010

Silver – U.S. National 2012
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2012
Silver – San Diego International 2013
2011
Silver – San Diego International 2014
2012
Silver – American Wine Society 2014
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2014
2013
Gold – Indy International Wine Competition 2017

Puerto Viejo
2014

Gold – Finger lakes International 2017
Silver – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

Queen Anne’s Lace
2014

Gold – Finger Lakes International 2016

Riesling
2009

Silver – Finger Lakes International 2011
Gold – International Eastern 2011
Silver – International Eastern 2012
2011
Silver – American Wine Society 2013
2012
Silver – San Francisco International 2014
Double Gold – American Wine Society 2014
Silver – Winemaker Challenge San Diego 2015 (89 pts)
2012
Gold – San Francisco International 2015 (93 pts)
2013
Gold – LA International 2015 (94 pts)
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2016
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017

Sauvignon Blanc
2011

Silver – American Wine Society 2012
Silver – American Wine Society 2013
2013
Silver 87 pts – Winemaker Challenge San Diego 2015
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2016

Serendipity
2009

Silver – International Eastern 2011
Silver – International Eastern 2013

Stone Tower
2014

Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2016 (88pts)
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017

Syrah
2009

Silver – Finger Lakes International 2011
Silver – American Wine Society 2011
2013
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Great American International 2017

Treasure
2010

Gold – Indy International 2011
2011
Silver – Indy International 2012
2013
Gold – San Francisco Chronicle 2014
Gold – LA International 2015 (90 pts)
Gold – San Francisco International 2015 (90 pts)
2015
Gold – Indy International Wine Competition 2017
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017
Silver – Great American International 2017
Silver – Best of New England 2017
Silver – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

Trilogy
2009

Silver – American Wine Society 2010
2010
Silver – USNational 2012
Silver – Indy International 2012
Silver – San Diego International 2013
2012
Silver – LA International 2015
Silver – LA International 2016
Trilogy Blanc
2010

Silver – New York International 2012
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2013

Theron
2013

Silver – Rose Competition 2015

Urbane
2011

Silver – Winemaker Challenge 2014
Silver – San Diego International 2014

Vendange
2012

Silver – LA International 2015
Silver – San Francisco International 2015
Gold – Indy International 2015
Silver Finger Lakes international 2016
Silver – Best Sparkling Wine – Best of NE 2017
2013
Silver – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Gold – Finger Lakes International 2017
Silver – Best of New England 2017

Viognier
2008

Silver – NextGen 2010
2009
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2011
2014
Best of Class – San Francisco Chronicle 2017
2015
Silver – Finger Lakes International 2017

Zinfandel
2009

Silver – Finger Lakes International 2011

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