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Connecticut Wine Trail


Connecticut Wine Trail

CTWine.com

Taste the Adventure

Explore a unique collection of 25 wineries and vineyards statewide with award-winning wines and beautiful scenery.

Welcome to one of the most exciting and fastest growing wine regions in the United States. A tremendous variety of wine styles and stunning scenery are to be enjoyed as you meander throughout our beautiful state. The Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association’s blue wine trail signs will help guide you to the 25 wineries comprising the Connecticut Wine Trail.

Our cool-climate growing region allows for intricate and refined flavor development. Whether you are looking for robust barrel-aged reds, crisp and bright whites or local fruit wines, Connecticut delivers. Although the range of wines statewide is almost limitless, commonly grown varietals include Cabernet Franc and St. Croix for reds and Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Seyval Blanc for whites.

Should your trip start in the Litchfield Hills, the Connecticut or Housatonic River Valleys, the Quiet Corner or along the coast, visitors are sure to notice the distinct differences that make each growing region unique. Despite the geographic variability, a common theme of dedicated farmers, passionate winemakers and timeless New England charm await regardless of where your trip takes you. For more information, please visit the itinerary planner at ctwine.com for easy trip planning and directions. Experience Connecticut’s Grape Escape. Cheers!

The wineries remind you to please drink and drive responsibly.

Events

The CT Wine Festival
July 27th & 28th at the Goshen Fairgrounds
Taste the best of Connecticut’s wineries. Sample local foods, enjoy live music, browse handicrafts and more. It’s all happening at the Connecticut Wine Festival. Learn more by visiting CTWine.com.

Passport Program
Stop by your local winery and pick up your 2013 passport. Have your passport stamped at 16 of the participating wineries and enter to win valuable prizes. Prizes include 2, two-week trips for two to Spain, chauffeured limo for 8 people to visit Connecticut wineries, an overnight getaway at the Courtyard by Marriott, Norwich or a certificate for two bottles of wine from a Connecticut winery.

Weekly Events
From spring and summer festivals to Fall Harvest, there’s always something happening at one of our wineries. Visit CTWine.com for up-to-date listings from our local vineyards.

FAQ

What is the wine trail?
The Connecticut Wine Trail is a state-approved winery and vineyard awareness program complete with special directional signs, brochures and special events. No matter where you are in Connecticut, there are one or more wineries opened for visitors within a 45-minute drive.

Is there really a trail?
Unlike Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ, there is no yellow brick road, but rather a colorful brochure and blue highway signs to direct visitors to the state’s wineries.

When did the wineries start?
Commercial wineries were permitted in Connecticut in 1978 with the passing of the Connecticut winery act. The Connecticut Wine Trail was established in 1988.

How many wineries can I visit?
The wine trail is made up of 25 wineries: Jones, McLaughlin, DiGrazia, White Silo Winery, Hopkins, Miranda, Sunset Meadow, Connecticut Valley, Haight-Brown, Land of Nod, Jerram Winery, Gouveia Vineyards, Bishops, Chamard, Maugle Sierra, Stonington, Jonathan Edwards, Priam Vineyards, Rosedale, Holmberg, Paradise Hills, Preston Ridge, Saltwater Farm, Taylor Brooke and Sharpe Hill. The trail is divided into two sections, east and west. To fully enjoy the Wine Trail, we suggest planning a few weekends to experience all that each winery has to offer.

Do grapes really grow in Connecticut?
Connecticut is surprisingly mild. Connecticut vineyards grow: Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Riesling, Seval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Cayuga, Saint Croix, Vignoles and Foch. Connecticut’s wineries produce a wide variety of wines ranging from dry, barrel fermented Chardonnays, Cabernet Francs, Dry Rieslings and Seyval Blanc to fruitier, sweeter whites and reds and late harvest Vidals and Vignoles. Some wineries produce sparkling wines, ciders and wines made from pears and apples, peaches, raspberries and blueberries. All the wineries on the wine trail have tasting rooms for visitors to sample their portfolio of wines. You do not need to make any reservations to taste wines. Most vineyards offer tours and it is best to call each winery for their schedule as some do require reservations.

How much does it cost to visit the wineries?
The wineries may charge for a wine tasting both for individuals and for groups. Reservations are not necessary, but large groups are strongly encouraged to call ahead. Each winery should be called for pricing information. Farm wineries are permitted to sell wine on Sundays.

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