Connecticut Wine

Passage of the Connecticut Winery Act in 1978 sparked a rapid increase in the number of wineries in the state. Today, you are never more than 45 minutes away from a farm-based winery in the state of Connecticut. Further encouragement came by way of the Connecticut Wine Trail which was created in 1978 and encompasses all of the state’s now 18 wineries.

Connecticut can be divided into four geographic zones. The Coastal Lowlands, forming the western portion of the multi-state Southeastern New England AVA, are the warmest part of the state due to the moderating influence of Long Island Sound. The Central Valley, influenced by the Connecticut River, is also a relatively warm area. Both the Western Highlands and the Eastern Highlands lie more inland at higher elevations and are typically cooler zones, with the former approved as a distinct appellation. Connecticut vineyards produce a variety of wines, ranging from Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Riesling, to French hybrids like Marechal Foch and Seyval Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Connecticut View all

  • St. Croix

    St. Croix grapes produce medium to full bodied, dry, deep red wines with low tannins, good fruity aromas, and have cu...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Connecticut View all

  • Land of Nod

    Situated in the foothills of the Berkshires, on land steeped in early American History, the Land ...

  • Strawberry Ridge Vineyard

    We are very proud of the continued success of the Ascot Reserve wines. It is now more than 15 y...

  • Sharpe Hill Vineyard

    Come and visit Sharpe Hill Vineyard, the award winning winery of Connecticut's Quiet Corner! Shar...

  • Miranda Vineyard

    Some sons learn how to fish from their fathers. Others learn how to play baseball. Manny Mirand...

  • Jonathan Edwards Winery

    Located in the quaint town of North Stonington, Jonathan Edwards Winery is situated on a beautifu...

  • Heritage Trail Vineyards

    The owners of Heritage Trail Vineyard, Winery and Farm choose to grow agricultural products and p...

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Connecticut on Snooth

  • Sunset Meadow Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

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    My favorite wine from a recent tasting at the vineyard. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by RUS


  • Sunset Meadow Vineyards Twisted Red NV

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    A favorite. Berry with sweet beginnings and soft tannins . Great with pizza and pasta . Do not be afraid to let it age . A delightful wine. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Sharpe Hill Vineyard White Blend Ballet of Angels 2006

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    Wine review by irishtrish


  • Hopkins Vineyard White Blend Westwind 2011

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    Wine review by irishtrish


  • Jerram Winery Gentle Sheperd Blanc NV

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    One of my favorite wines. Straw color with hints of pineapple . Great with a variety of foods. I love it with a wide array of appetizers. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Jerram Winery Vespers Blanc NV

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    Very gentle dessert wine. Light and flavorful Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Jerram Winery Nor Easter Rouge NV

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    Very interesting wine. Fruity and sweet with little tannins. A red wine for people who do not like harsh wines. Goes well alone or with cheeses and chocolate Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Digrazia Winner' Cup NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by amynraleigh


  • Digrazia Vineyards White Blend Autumn Spice NV

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Digrazia Vineyards White Blend Autumn Spice NV

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    Really crisp and kinda tangy. Fantastic sipping wine even better when chilled. Read More

    Wine review by Tom of Guilford


  • To Italiabella421 - Regarding 2011 opening winery events in Connecticut, most Connecticut wineries are open year-round, so don't necessarily have "opening" events. The smaller wineries that aren't open year-round open at different points throughout the season - some will open as early as April, and a couple don't open until the late June/July, ...

    Comment by 100216MTB 100216 MTB


  • Can anyone advise regarding 2011 opening winery events in CT?

    Comment by 804373italiabella421 804373 italiabella421


  • Hope everyone had a great summer. I noticed it was a lot busier on the Connecticut Wine Trails than in the past, which is great - word is spreading that Connecticut has a vibrant wine scene! I also received comments or messages from several people indicating there is interest in forming a local wine club - so I say, let's do it! If you're in...

    Comment by 100216MTB 100216 MTB


  • I would be interested in a wine club. My girlfriend and I have started touring the vinyards in CT this year and are new to wine appreciation but are excited and eager to learn more.

    Comment by 564786joea132 564786 joea132


  • I would be very interested in joining a wine club! Exactly the type of thing I'm looking for

    Comment by 531177michiali 531177 michiali


  • The absolute most beautiful winery in CT is Gouveia Winery in Wallingford.

    Comment by 516762winequeenie 516762 winequeenie


  • Anyone interested in establishing a local wine club here in Connecticut? I've had some preliminary inquiries and am wondering what level of interest there may be. Completely open as to ideas about focus, size, location, frequency, etc. If you're interested, please respond by posting on this page. And if you have friends who may be interested...

    Comment by 100216MTB 100216 MTB


  • Wine season is underway here in Connecticut! This weekend marks the "unofficial" opening of wine season with the release of the 2010 Passport to Connecticut Farm Winery booklets yesterday. Although a few of the smallest wineries won't open to the public until June or July, the majority of Connecticut's 30 wineries have begun extending their ta...

    Comment by 100216MTB 100216 MTB


  • Upcoming Events at Connecticut Wineries - October/November 2009 10.9.2009 4:00 – 8:00 Dalice Elizabeth Winery, Preston, CT GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION! 10.10.2009 12:00 – 5:00 McLaughlin Vineyards, Sandy Hook, CT 2nd Annual Grapes of Wrath Mountain Bike Race 10.10.2009 4:00 – 7:00 Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT Music at the Vineyard: Bob ...

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  • Connecticut's newest winery is having their Grand Opening this weekend! Dalice Elizabeth Winery in Preston, Connecticut (3 miles from Foxwoods Casino) is hosting their Official Grand Opening today (10.9.09) from 4-8 pm; Grand Opening weekend continues Saturday (10.10) 11-8 and Sunday (10.11) 11-5. For more details, check out their website: h...

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