Top Wineries Near Connecticut

August 1, 2015 8:00 AM

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Connecticut is fortunate to have 25 wineries in the Connecticut Wine Trail. These vineyards and wineries feature locally-grown grapes and produce red and white wine. Although there are 25 featured on the trail, five of those stand out as some of the best in the state. They provide delicious wine, scenic views, food pairings, special events, tours and wine tastings. Visit one or all of the wineries featured below.
Gouveia Vineyards
1339 Whirlwind Hill Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 265-5526
www.gouveiavineyards.com

Gouveia Vineyards is a fan favorite along the Connecticut Wine Trail. It attracts wine lovers from all around the state, capturing beautiful hilltop views. You won’t want to miss the sunsets and fall foliage. They are open year-round, providing indoor and outdoor seating including tables, patio, picnic tables, fireplaces and a grassy field to bring a blanket and have a picnic. Sample their fine reds and whites for $10 a person, including four pre-selected wines and one of your choosing. Purchase a wine tasting, glass or bottle. Bottles can be re-corked and brought home. Tours are held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. One of the benefits of planning a visit to Gouveia Vineyards is the availability to bring your own food to pair with your wine.

Haight-Brown Vineyard
29 Chestnut Hill Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 567-4045
www.haightvineyards.com

Haight-Brown Vineyard is the winner of two silver medals from the Finger Lake International Wine Competition for a reason. Their fine wine pairs perfectly with decadent cheese or chocolates. Haight-Brown Vineyard offers special events and classes including the Vineyard Express train ride with wine tasting and a wine, cheese and chocolate pairing. Tastings are open until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Wine tastings are $9 per person for a sampling of six wines, or $12 per person for 10 wine samplings. Add cheese or chocolate platters to pair with your tasting or day out with family or friends. Unique to other wineries, at this location you can host private and corporate events with their specialized event planning and management.

Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Main Rd.
North Stonington, CT 06359
(860) 535-0202
www.jedwardswinery.com

Of their 48 acres of land, 20 are planted with grapes. Jonathan Edwards Winery features Connecticut-grown grapes and wine from their land, as well as Napa Valley and California wines. Their beautiful landscape provides picturic snapshots, a perfect pairing to a day full of wine. Sample wine tastings inside the 1880 dairy barn that was renovated to include a sample area and gift shop. Tasting is daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the price of $10 for four wine samples and $15 for seven. Bring your own snacks and enjoy the outdoor summer patio. The winery is open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy free 30-minute guided tours of the facility, including the tank and barrel rooms, at 12 p.m.

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Hopkins Vineyard
25 Hopkins Road
Warren, CT 06777
(860) 868-7954
www.hopkinsvineyard.com

Nestled in Warren, you will find Hopkins Vineyard. From the outside you may think you are passing a barn, but don’t let looks deceive you. Inside the red heritage barn is the wine bar serving up wine, tea and cheese platters. You’ll be treated to scenic the Litchfield Hills overlooking Lake Waramaug. Hours and days of operation depend on the season, with the vineyard open daily May through December. Private events and weddings are held at the winery, as well as wine festivals the third weekend of each month between May and September. Hopkins has been awarded the gold medal in the International Tasters Guild and the American Wine Society.

Chamard Vineyard
115 Cow Hill Rd.
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 664-0299
www.chamard.com

Chamard Vineyard is a catch-all when it comes to vineyards and food. It is a combination of farm, winery and bistro, serving both wine and French-American food. The vineyard is open year-round Fridays and Saturdays with live singers 5 – 9 p.m. and open kitchen during certain seasons of the year. Specialized events such as cigar night, expos and special dinners appeal to everyone, even those who are not wine lovers. There is a little bit for everyone at Chamard, and you won’t leave unhappy.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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