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

  • Miranda Vineyard

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

  • Strawberry Ridge Vineyard

    We are very proud of the continued success of the Ascot Reserve wines. It is now more than 15 y...

  • Jonathan Edwards Winery

    Located in the quaint town of North Stonington, Jonathan Edwards Winery is situated on a beautifu...

  • Hopkins Vineyard

    Set on the northern shore of Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Vineyard, a family-owned Connecticut Century ...

  • Digrazia Vineyards

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

  • Gouveia Vineyards

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

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Connecticut on Snooth

  • Hopkins Vineyard Red Blend Sachem's Picnic NV


    I'm not much of a wine drinker.This wine was just what I wanted. I wouldn't call it sweet-it was tart and I could taste the grape flavor. It wasn't bitter the way drier wines are.I was pleased to see it was made in CT. Read More

    Wine review by Virgil65

  • Hi, I'm a new Snooth user.  I love wine and I love lists/organization so this is a great way for me to keep track of the wines I buy and how much I like them.  I also hope to find many recommendations as well.  I love reds and whites, particularly shiraz and cabernets, and chadonnays and sauvignon blancs.  I'm on a budget so I try to stick with ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi, New User from Connecticut by 726289chooki666 726289 chooki666

  • Oliver Winery Camelot Mead Indiana


    Smooth, sweet, honey undertones. Read More

    Wine review by mere6376

  • Priam Vineyards Red Blend Westchester Red NV


    Definitely sweeter than I would expect from a red, but such an incredible blend of cherry and chocolate with a smoky, oaky undertone, that I find myself turning to it again and again. A perfect "bridge" for friends who think they don't like red wine. Read More

    Wine review by tgrovesct

  • Sharpe Hill Vineyard White Blend Ballet of Angels 2006


    Love this wine. Read More

    Wine review by mogwash

  • Digrazia Vineyards White Blend Autumn Spice NV


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  • Taylor Brooke Winery Summer Peach NV


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  • Taylor Brooke Winery Late Harvest Riesling NV


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  • Priam Vineyards White Blend Jeremy River White NV


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  • Sharpe Hill Vineyard Dry Summer Rosé NV


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    Wine review by carriegpdx

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  • Fellow snoother, ChristyS and I met up with Andie1 at the Jonathan Edwards' Winery Spring Fest yesterday. Perfect weather, gorgeous setting, and great wines. The highlight of the afternoon was the just released Connecticut Chardonnay - crisp, with a bright citrus nose, this is a very different Chardonnay than JE's Napa Valley Chardonnay. Lovel...

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  • Upcoming Events at Connecticut Wineries – June 2009 Saturdays & Wednesdays in June Jones Family Winery ~ Shelton, CT Food & Cooking Classes June 6 or June 10: Easy Elegant Celebration Brunch June 17 or June 24: Over The Top Strawberries June 20: Father’s Day Grill Event Reservations must be made in person at the Winery Tasting Room Co...

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  • Jonathan Edwards Winery Spring Festival Hi all! Would love to see a Snooth representation at our Annual Spring Festival! The Details: Saturday June 6th 12-6pm Local food vendors, an Artisans tent and dancing to two bands including Boston's premier Soul and Funk band Chicken Slacks! Admission includes our logo wine glass and a wine tasting v...

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