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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bishop’s Orchards Winery
1355 Boston Post Rd, US Rte 1
Guilford, CT 06437
Open all Year • Mon-Sat 10-7; Sunday 11-6
115 Cow Hill Road, Clinton, CT 06413
Tues - Sun 11-6/Fri-Sun 11-9, Bistro opens at
noon each day. Open most Monday Holidays
131 Tower Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Open all year. Jan-April: Fri-Sun 11-5,
May-Dec: every day 11-5
1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492
Mem Day - Oct 31: M-W 1-8, Thurs & Sun 11-8 & F-Sat 11-9
Nov-Mem Day: Thurs & Sat 11-8, Fri 11-9 & Sun 11-6
29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
Dec-May: Fri & Sat 12-6 & Sun 12-5,
May-Nov: Mon-Thurs 12-5, Sat 11-6 & Sun 12-5
Holmberg Orchards & Winery
12 Orchard Lane
Gales Ferry, CT 06335
Sat. and Sun. 12-5. Open May-Early November
25 Hopkins Road, Warren, CT 06777
Jan-Feb: Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5; Mar-Apr: Wed-Sat 10-5,
Sun 11-5; May-Dec: Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-5
535 Town Hill Rd, Rte 219, New Hartford, CT 06057
Jan-March: 1st & 3rd wknds 12-4, April: closed,
May-Dec: Fri-Sun 11-5
Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Maine Rd, North Stonington, CT 06359
April - December: 7 days a week 11-5
January - March: Wed-Sun 11-5
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT 06484
Mid March-May: Fri-Sun 11-5, Jun-mid Nov: Thurs-Sun 11-5
Mid Nov-Dec: Ext. Holiday Hrs. See website for seasonal hrs.
Land of Nod Winery
99 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT 06024
April-mid Nov: Sat & Sun 11-5, May-Oct: Fri-Sun 11-5.
Open Mem & Labor Day. Check website for holiday hours.
Maugle Sierra Vineyards
825 Rte. CT 117, Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard, CT 06339
Open All Year. June-Oct: Mon-Thurs 11-5, Fri 11-9,
Sat 11-6 & Sun 11-5. Nov-May: see website for hours.
14 Albert’s Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Open All Year. Wed-Fri 11-5 & Sun 12-5
42 Ives Road, Goshen, CT 06756
Jan - Mar: Sat-Sun 12-5, Apr - May & Nov - Dec: Fri-Sun 12-5
June - Oct: Thurs & Sun 12-5, Fri 12-6, Sat 12-7
Paradise Hills Vineyard
15 Windswept Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492
Open All Year. Thurs & Sat 11-8, Fri 11-9 & Sun 11-6
Preston Ridge Vineyard
100 Miller Road, Preston, CT 06365
March 23-Sept: Sat 12-7 & Sun 12-4
Oct-Dec 15: Sat 12-5 & Sun 12-4
11 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester, CT 06415
March-Oct: Fri-Sat 11-6 & Sun 11-5,
Oct-Dec: Fri-Sun 11-5
Rosedale Farms & Vineyard
25 East Weatogue St., Simsbury, CT 06070
Wine tastings: June 30-Oct 30, Sat-Sun 12-5
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Elm Street, Stonington, CT 06378
April-Nov: Wed-Thurs 11-5, Fri-Sun 11-3
Jan-Feb: closed. Visit website for closing/opening dates
Sharpe Hill Vineyard
108 Wade Road,
Pomfret, CT 06258
523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT 06378
Jan-Apr: Mon-Fri 12-4; Sat-Sun 11-5
May-Dec: 7 days a week: 11-5
Sunset Meadow Vineyards
599 Old Middle Street, Rte. 63,
Goshen, CT 06756
Open Year Round Fri-Sun: 11-5
May-Oct: Mon, Thurs & Sun 11-5, Fri & Sat 11-6
Taylor Brooke Winery
848 Connecticut 171,
Woodstock, CT 06281
May-Dec: Fri 11-6, Sat-Sun 11-5
White Silo Winery
32 Route 37 East, Sherman, CT 06784
April-Dec: Fri-Sun 11-6.
See website for holiday & extended summer hrs.