Cellardoor Winery will celebrate the beauty and joy of winter with its family friendly Winterfest 2010 on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the winery at 367 Youngtown Road in Lincolnville.

Winterfest 2010 will feature fun outdoor activities such as sledding, snowshoeing, snow person making, ice skating, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Participants will also be able to enjoy food and wine pairings, hot cocoa and savory treats, and a gourmet brunch by chef Lawrence Klang from Natalie’s. The Chris Humphrey Big Band and the Barber Shop Quartet will provide live music throughout the day. A limited quantity of skates and sleds will be available for free to use during the day.

A highlight of the day for those over 21 will be a unique opportunity to sample wine directly from the barrel.

“A tradition in other parts of the country, this is a fun way to experience a new wine before it is bottled,” said Christina Peet of Cellardoor Winery in a news release. “We hope to be able to offer barrel samplings again during the course of the year. For wine fans, it’s really interesting to taste a wine in its different stages.”

Admission to Winterfest 2010 is free; attendees are asked to take a non-perishable food item or gently worn clothing, which will be donated to local organizations supporting neighbors in need. For more information on the event, visit Cellardoor Winery, call 763-4478 or e-mail info@cellardoorvineyard.com.

Cellardoor Winery Winterfest 2010 schedule:

Food and wine

* 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Wine tasting all day
* 10 a.m. to noon: Gourmet brunch by Lawrence Klang
* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Ice sculpture carving in progress
* Noon to 4 p.m.: Hot cocoa and savory treats by Lani Temple
* Noon to 4 p.m.: Barrel sampling with winemaker Aaron Peet
* 1 to 4 p.m.: Wine and food pairings by Lani Temple


* 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Music by Chris Humphrey Big Band
* 2 to 4 p.m.:  Music by the Barber Shop Quartet


* 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Ice skating on the pond
* 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Snow sledding
* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Help build a family of snow people
* 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Horse-drawn wagon rides
* Noon and 2 p.m.: Guided snowshoe trek up the blueberry trail
* Noon and 2 p.m.: Guided snowshoe trek through the vineyard

Cellardoor Winery’s vineyard gift shop, tasting bar, loft seating area, test kitchen and deck are part of a restored 1790s barn and overlook the vineyard and rolling hills beyond. The vineyard is located on a south-facing slope of a valley and enjoys a unique microclimate, protected from Maine’s harsh winter weather. Operating on 68 acres, the winery offers 14 wines, available on site, at select area retailers, and online at vinoshipper.com. Cellardoor also hosts regular wine and food pairing events, cooking classes with area chefs, winemaking classes, and an October Wine Camp for adults in addition to several annual celebration and community events. The Cellardoor Vineyard at 367 Youngtown Road in Lincolnville is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from May to October. The Cellardoor Villa retail shop at 47 West St. in Rockport (236-2654) is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from May to December (Friday and Sunday in the winter). For more information visit mainewine.com.