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

  • Stonington Vineyards

    Stonington Vineyards was established by Nick and Happy Smith in 1987, when purchasing 58 acres in...

  • Chamard Vineyards

    The first vines were planted in the spring of 1984, a 5.5 acre vineyard consisting primarily of C...

  • Miranda Vineyard

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

  • Sunset Meadow Vineyards

    Sunset Meadow Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery. Our vineyards are spr...

  • Gouveia Vineyards

    Our winery, mostly through word of mouth, has been growing by leaps and bounds, because of this w...

  • Digrazia Vineyards

    DiGrazia Vineyards was founded in 1978 and is dedicated to producing premium wines of quality and...

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  • Digrazia Vineyards Blacksmith Port 2008

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    Wine review by mark


  • 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 Vineyards White Blend Autumn Spice NV

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    The best wine I have ever tasted! Unexpected pumpkin taste that is super smooth tasting. If you don't like pumpkin or sweet wines this isn't for you. Definitely in my top five favorites for wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Digrazia Winner' Cup NV

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    Wine review by amynraleigh


  • Digrazia Vineyards White Blend Autumn Spice NV

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  • 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


  • Upcoming Events at Connecticut Wineries – September 9.12.09 6:00 pm McLaughlin Vineyards, Newtown, CT Shiraz/Syrah Wine Tasting Class Reservations Required 9.12.09 4:00 – 7:00 pm Gouveia Vineyard, Wallingford, CT Live Music: Rob Gagne 9.13.09 1:00 – 4:00 pm McLaughlin Vineyards, Newtown CT Music in the Vineyards: Liz & the Crickstones 9.13....

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  • My apologies to CT group followers - I'm late getting September's winery events calendar up on the site. Look for it by the end of the day. - Marguerite

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  • Upcoming Events at Connecticut Wineries – August 2009 8/7/09 5:45 – 7:15 pm Jones Family Vineyards ~ Shelton, Connecticut Wine Down Fridays (Dinner, Wine & Recipes): Beat the Heat Reservations Required; Reservations must be made in person at the winery at least one week in advance of event. 8/8/09 Haight-Brown Vineyards ~ Litchfield, Connecti...

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