If you are interested in partaking in one of the fastest expanding wine regions nationally, come check out the Connecticut Wine Trail with its huge variety of wines and beautiful wineries all through this sweet state.
Just follow the blue signs along the trail provided by the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association, guiding you through 25 participating wineries, including Connecticut’s two newest wineries: Preston Ridge Vineyard (Preston, CT), family owned and operated since 2008 and opening their artisan vineyard in October 2012, and Bethlehem Vineyard & Winery (Bethlehem, CT).
Participating wineries include:
Bishop’s Orchards Winery and Farm Market
Connecticut Valley Winery
Holmberg Orchards & Winery
Jonathan Edwards Winery
Land of Nod Winery
Maugle Sierra Vineyards
Paradise Hills Vineyard
Preston Ridge Vineyard
Rosedale Farms & Vineyard
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Sharpe Hill Vineyard
Sunset Meadow Vineyards
Taylor Brooke Winery
White Silo Winery
The Trail’s rich history is something to raise your glass to!
The Connecticut Wine Trail is state-approved and really came into its own in 1988 under the state’s vineyard-awareness program. The trail twists and winds through several historic Connecticut towns, from the Long Island Sound to Litchfield County, and is split into two regions: eastern and western. Each region touts its own special style and character of wine.
The wine trail was assembled by 24 members of the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association.
The Connecticut Wine Trail’s cool climate helps to create grapes and wine with a complex variety of flavors and tannins. Looking for robust reds or dry and crisp whites? Even local fruity wines you can find along the Trail.
Some of the wines the Connecticut Wine Trail touts as their best include reds such as Cabernet Franc and St. Croix and whites like Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Seyval Blanc.
You can start your trip anywhere along the trail. If you begin along the coast or the Litchfield Hills, you will start to sense and taste the differences within each wine region. In addition, along the way, you will find that the New England charm is everywhere with friendly farmers and experienced, informed and inviting wine makers to welcome you in and entice you with their special flavors.
The Connecticut Wine Festival
Yes that is right, the time has arrived for the Connecticut Wine Trail Festival with its full bouquet of flavors.
This wine festival is hosted at the Durham Fair from September 27 – 29, 2014. You can sample wines from select wineries in Connecticut including: Bishops Orchards Winery, Gouveia Vineyards, Hopkins Vineyard, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Jones Winery, Priam Vineyards, and Sunset Meadow Vineyards.
All fairgoers must be of legal age and pay $12 in advance or $15 on day of festival. The admission price includes tasting from each selected winery for up to four wines and you will be able to purchase bottles or cases of you are choosing.
The Durham Fair is located in Durham CT at Routes 68, 17 and 77. The hours of the festival are 12 – 8 p.m. on September 27 and 28 and from 12 – 6 p.m. September 29.
Call 860.677.5467 for more information or visit the Durham Fair website.
If you cannot make the festival, never fear!
Check out the Connecticut Wine Trail Passport program!
Just stop at any Connecticut winery along the trail and ask for the Connecticut Wine Trail Passport. Why not? It is free! When you visit a total of 16 wineries along the trail, and have your passport stamped along the way, you will be selected for one of five prizes, including two grand prizes! Make sure you fill out all your personal information on the passport before you start touring the stunning trail of wineries.
It is quite easy to win as the second and third prizes are for multiple winners. In addition, the Grand prizes include a trip for two to Benalmadena Costa, Spain. You receive a total of 14 nights in one double occupancy room at the Benalmadena Palace, a four star hotel with views of the Mediterranean Sea.
In addition, even if you do not win a prize, The Passport program is a fun way to check out the Connecticut Wine Trail. Just in itself, the Connecticut Wine Trail is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a weekend exploring, tasting, and experiencing the wonderful scenery.