Barn Restoration

Winery Hours:
Wed- Sun

Winter Hours: 
            Fri- Sun

Tastings Available

Contact Us:
 (802) 287-0730
 (802) 287-2256

Visit Us:

202 Old Lake Rd 
Poultney, VT 05764

~2 miles south of 
Poultney on Rte. 30

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Historic Barn Restoration Project

Whaleback Vineyard is rich with local Vermont history.  Tastings are held in a colonial farmhouse, and wine production takes place in a barn originally built in the late 1800’s.  As a historic landmark in Poultney, Vermont, the barn has stood overlooking Lake St. Catherine for well over 200 years.  Built in the 1800's, the barn has the original hand hewed beams and wooden pegs.  Much of the original slate roof still covers the structure.

The vineyard property has been in the Brown family for half a century.  Lenore and Dennis Brown Sr. first bought the farm in the 1950's from the Griffith family who had held the land since the late 1800's.  Lenore and Dennis farmed the land, and used the barn to shelter dairy cows and later horses.  The property then passed to Lenore and Dennis' son, Dennis Brown Jr., Whaleback Vineyard owner.  Dennis Jr. worked to convert the family farm into a vineyard and winery. 

Vermont has seen many historic barns fall down due to disrepair.  With the loss of each barn, communities lose a part of their local history and culture. Whaleback Vineyard has been working hard to ensure that our barn will continue to be a part of the landscape for years to come.  Our restoration project has been underway for several years now.  We have managed to rebuild the foundation and stabilize the main structural beams, repair part of the roofing slate, and repaint a large majority of the structure.  In addition, load bearing partitions were added to the lower half of the barn, and commercial winery operations were built underneath the main structure.

We hope to see the restoration project complete, and we are now in the home stretch now that the structure has been stabilized.
Once complete, we hope to host large events such as weddings, showers, anniversary parties and other community events.
A GoFundMe Page has been set up to accept donations for our restoration efforts.  Please follow the link below to learn more.  

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