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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Taylor Brooke Winery

    Here, tucked in the scenic rolling hills of northeastern Connecticut, we tend to over 2,000 caref...

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