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

  • 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...

  • Digrazia Vineyards

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

  • Hopkins Vineyard

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

  • Stonington Vineyards

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

  • Strawberry Ridge Vineyard

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

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  • Hopkins Vineyard White Blend Westwind NV

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  • Hopkins Lady Rose 2010

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  • Hopkins Vineyard White Blend Westwind 2008

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  • Hopkins Vineyard Sachem's Picnic NV

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  • Jones Winery Pinot Gris 2008

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    Though I live in Connecticut and I'm a strong supporter of the CT Wine Trail, there's no denying the fact that CT Wines can be a little hit or miss to say the least. That said, I've been rather impressed with what Jones Winery has been producing of late, and this Pinot Gris is definitely one of their better wines (not to mention one the best wh... Read More

    Wine review by 241781jmd477 241781 jmd477


  • Digrazia Vineyards White Blend Autumn Spice NV

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  • Haight Brown Apricot Moon NV

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    We purchased this wine at the vineyard after enjoying it so much at the tasting. A wonderful dessert wine - sweet without being too sweet and the apricot notes are subtle and wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by bakerbee


  • Maugle Sierra Vineyards 1740 Ledyard House Red

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    My favorite mealtime wine from this vintner. Complex and fruity, balanced on the tongue with enough flavor to support any grilled meat. Enjoy this straight through your meal! Read More

    Wine review by cwhetzer2


  • Maugle Sierra Vineyards St. Croix Southeastern New England NV

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    In this wine i can sense the varietal derivative of the St. Croix grape. Full in the mouth and the nose with lush berries and the whisper of cherry tartness upon finishing. Enjoyed best on its own while supporting most white meated meals. no harsh edges and no uncomfortable nights...delicious! Read More

    Wine review by cwhetzer2


  • Maugle Sierra Vineyards Ledyard Sunset Red NV

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    traditional to the pallette and the nose, hints of blackberry and plum mask the traditional pepperiness of the Cab Franc. Stands out in even the sturdiest of meals. beautifully colored and shimmers. Balanced in the mouth with a slight acidic mid bump. lovely wine! Read More

    Wine review by cwhetzer2


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