Jun 5, 201410:52 AMLitchfield
Tasting the Season
When most people think of wine and its origin, their minds conjure up images of Italy or California. However, a comprehensive wine trail with breathtaking scenery and a variety of vineyards is only a short drive away. Connecticut is a rapidly growing wine region with many of its vineyards based in Litchfield County and summer is the ideal time to take a road trip and visit the sprawling acres of grapevines. Many of these local wineries are family-owned and hold tastings and tours, which can usually be found on their respective websites or by calling for a schedule.
Connecticut Valley Winery has received a slew of accolades for its drinks, including the award for best winery in Connecticut by TripAdvisor in 2013. This intimate, old-world style gem offers tastings on the weekends during the Wine Trail season; enjoy the patio views or the comfort of a stone fireplace while sipping on an array of house wines. For a more social setting, visit Haight-Brown Vineyards, the first vineyard and winery combination established in Connecticut. At Haight-Brown, the atmosphere is welcoming for wine tasters of all pedigrees and the focus is on having fun. From sophisticated to casual and everything in between, check out the list of vineyards in the Litchfield County area below to add to your itinerary.
Not only will a wine excursion prove a remarkable and informative experience, but it could be rewarding in a concrete sense with the yearly passport program. Visitors can pick up their passports at participating vineyards state-wide and must have them stamped at a minimum of sixteen Connecticut Wine Trail destinations by November 9th this year; those eligible will be entered into the annual contest for a chance to win incredible prizes including trips to Spain, local getaways, and bottles of wine.
Litchfield County offers even more events for wine enthusiasts this summer, most notably, the Connecticut Wine Festival on the Goshen Fairgrounds from July 26-27. The festival features wine and food tastings with a backdrop of live music and craft vendors. Members of the Passport Program who collect the grand total of 33 stamps will also automatically win a free ticket to the 2015 CT Wine Festival.
Whatever your taste- hearty red, crisp white, or unique fruit wine- follow the blue road signs of the Connecticut Wine Trail for memorable taste and timeless beauty.
Connecticut Valley Winery: 1480 Litchfield Turnpike (Rte. 202) in New Hartford, (860) 489-9463
Haight-Brown Vineyards: 29 Chestnut Hill Rd. in Litchfield, (860) 567-4045
Hopkins Vineyard: 25 Hopkins Rd. in Warren, (860) 868-7954
Jerram Winery: 535 Town Hill Rd. (Rte. 219) in New Hartford, (860) 379-8749
Miranda Vineyard: 42 Ives Rd. in Goshen, (860) 491-9906
Sunset Meadow Vineyards: 599 Old Middle Street (Rte. 63) in Goshen, (860) 201-4654
Land of Nod Farm & Winery: 99 Lower Rd. in East Canaan, (860) 824-5225
Strawberry Ridge Vineyards: 23 Strawberry Ridge Rd. in Warren, (860) 868-0730
Walker Road Vineyard: 17 Walker Rd. in Woodbury, (203) 263-0768