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Vineyards of the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley

SOUTHAMPTON — A blue and tan barn swallow loops by a bright red barn. A couple lounges in Adirondack chairs with glasses of cabernet franc and riesling on the armrests, while a group unpacks a picnic and uncorks a bottle of red wine. The view begins with straight green lines of grape vines and extends to The Seven Sisters summits beyond.

It may sound like Burgundy, but the Black Birch Winery in Southampton is less than a two-hour drive from Boston. The winery’s 2012 opening has added to a small but growing Western Massachusetts wine trail that extends deep into the Berkshires, and visitors are beginning to take note.

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