Balderdash Cellars

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Founded in 2011, Balderdash Cellars(R) is a boutique winery located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. We focus on producing ultra-premium (wicked to New England folks) wines from grapes grown by world-class California vineyards. What about the name?? When we said we were starting a winery, everyone said that we were mad, obsessed, and should stick to buying wine (truthfully, it is much easier than making it) - but we answered, "Balderdash." As we sought to name the winery, Balderdash just seemed to stick. It also seemed like a good way to describe the stories behind each wine...while generally accurate, there may be some tall tales. Hey, what story isn't embellished just a little! The winery would be nothing if it were not for our volunteer crew. Dozens of family and friends put in many long days throughout the year helping with every aspect of the winemaking process. It's a lot of fun, but a ton of work. We can never thank them enough for everything they do, so we try to ply them with wine whenever possible! We hope you enjoy our wicked wines and tall tales. Christian and Donna Hanson Owners
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Dorina E
West Yarmouth, MA5 contributions
Family
We celebrated Father's Day and a Birthday at Balderdash. It was amazing- from the staff to the owners on site. The location is absolutely beautiful!!! The selections of wine is delightful, as well as the live entertainment. A nice place to spend time with family and friends. I would definitely pack a picnic or grab food there and make some memories. I will certainely be returning there again!!
Written June 26, 2021
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Neildash1
Massapequa, NY248 contributions
Friends
We were looking for something to do after hiking in the morning. I had read about a winery before coming to the Berkshires. We looked at the yelp ratings and TripAdvisor which really didn’t do justice.
After going to 2 different addresses and finally getting in contact with whom I later found out to be the owner/vintner, we got the address of a mansion where they were holding the tastings.
The police were outside directing traffic into the mansion. Nice!
We arrived inside to see a large group of people sitting around drinking wine, eating cheese and crackers, AND listening to live music. Wow!
We went to the table and were given the tasting menu list. All for $9.00!!!
We tasted the first 2, white wines, which were absolutely surprisingly delicious. The Chardonnay has all the wonderful characteristics and nuances a beautifully blended Chardonnay should have. The Riesling was light and refreshing.
The reds started out with a blend, then a Cabernet, a Grenache, a merlot and finally a Syrah. All had wonderful textures and complexity a well made wine should have. I travel around the world to taste wines( and many other things) and was thoroughly surprised at the amazingly constructed wines at this winery.
The story of the owner and his wife is beautiful. I hope they continue to grow as their creations do.
Written April 29, 2018
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hamppy1
boston28 contributions
Friends
My sister wanted something different for her bachelorette party. We rented a house in Pittsfield and while researching ideas came across Balderdash Cellars.

The reviews on Yelp led me to e-mail the owner Christian to set up a private wine taste testing.

The owners are the nicest people. We had cheese, nuts, and fruit with our wine tasting. We were told a story about how each wine received its name... making it such a personal experience.

My sisters friends made comments such as "this is the best wine tasting I have ever been too" and "the aroma of every wine is amazng"

Everyone walked away from the tasting VERY happy.

THANK YOU for such a great experience and we hope to visit you again soon!
Written October 20, 2014
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Larry S
Port Washington, New York, United States27 contributions
Friends
I can't wait to go back. We went on a cold winter day, and were instantly warmed by the environment of this wine room. Beautiful barrels, great tasting tables, and all literally feet from the wine tanks where all the magic happens. The wines are fantastic - all created from fruit imported from California - no attempt to make good wine from bad local grapes, they bring in the good stuff. All the wines have a story, and the folks that work there are just fantastic. We spent time with the owners, and their passion for what they do was contagious.
Written February 18, 2016
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Colette L
Boston, MA10 contributions
Friends
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just looking for a fun afternoon, you really can't lose with Balderdash Cellars! The wine is absolutely delicious, and there is a fun story behind every bottle. The owners are incredibly hospitable, and the winery itself has a relaxed but classy atmosphere. I will definitely be coming back.
Written August 29, 2015
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Bryan D
Delmar, NY21 contributions
Couples
Stumbled on Balderdash Cellars. (It is stuck behind a Subway sub shop). Enjoyed the wine, the service was great. There was an acoustic duo playing which enhanced the experience. Donna put out some local cheese for the patrons to enjoy. The atmosphere was fun with patrons interacting with one another and the staff. Donna and Christian were circulating making sure all were having a good time. Looking forward to when they open their new place in Richmond MA soon. In the meantime, we will visit again when we are in the area.
Written October 1, 2017
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Waiheke14
6 contributions
Friends
I couldn't recommend a visit to this winery more highly! Great wine in a fabulous and fun venue. I loved the stories that underpin the wine names and that they are told with such nostalgia.

Thank you Donna and Christian for a wonderful afternoon.

If you are anywhere near here - you MUST go visit this hidden gem!
Written November 12, 2016
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Allison R
MA129 contributions
Friends
This place is located in a garage. I first walked up thinking, "is this right?" But don't let its odd location chase you away. It actually was quite charming in its own way. There were several small tables set up and two friendly hosts. Jose took her time with our large group telling us a story for each wine and letting us take our time sampling. In all there were about about 8 wines to sample with a nice mix of reds and whites.
Written November 5, 2016
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Sarahviz
Northbridge, MA380 contributions
Friends
Came up to the Berkshires for a girls overnight at Cranwell Spa & decided to try wine tasting during the day. Only open on Saturdays during the winter, Balderdash is off the beaten path. Well with it! Knowledgeable staff & fun atmosphere. Can't beat the $7 tasting fee for 8 different wines!
Written February 7, 2016
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jthursty
Williamstown, MA1 contribution
Couples
No better place to stave off the winter chill than a couple of glasses of one of the reds offered by the Balderdash. We tried the the Joyride, a Pinot Noir and Invincible, a cab. Both were amazingly delicious.
Written February 1, 2016
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