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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Popular Wineries in Connecticut View all

  • Land of Nod

    Situated in the foothills of the Berkshires, on land steeped in early American History, the Land ...

  • Chamard Vineyards

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

  • Jones Family Farms Winery

    Nestled in the beautiful White Hills of Shelton, Connecticut, lies one of the state's premier win...

  • Strawberry Ridge Vineyard

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

  • Heritage Trail Vineyards

    The owners of Heritage Trail Vineyard, Winery and Farm choose to grow agricultural products and p...

  • Miranda Vineyard

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

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Connecticut on Snooth

  • 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


  • Holmberg Orchards Apple Three Sheets

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    Holmberg Orchards' Three Sheets wine is an off-dry apple wine which has been aged in French oak barrels. Reminiscent of a chardonnay, but with delicate scents of apple. Read More

    Wine review by VinoGirlofCT


  • Holmberg Orchards Apple Three Sheets

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    Wine review by VinoGirlofCT


  • Holmberg Orchards Apple English Draught Style Hard Cider

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    Wine review by VinoGirlofCT


  • Stonington White Blend Southeastern New England Seaport White Stonington Vineyards NV

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    I came across this wine last year. And this year it tastes even better! Great with fish, chicken and excellant with salads. Nice looking bottle to give as a hostess gift. Friends seem to enjoy it too. Read More

    Wine review by marmar514


  • Maugle Sierra Vineyards 1740 Ledyard House Red

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    A Merlot/St. Croix blend, the Merlot grapes are brought in from Long Island, but the St. Croix is all grown locally on Maugle Sierra land. Merlots are tough here in the northeast, as the grape does not do as well in the colder winters and shorter growing seasons, often resulting in a wine that is less robust than the Merlots of the west coast. ... Read More

    Wine review by 100216MTB 100216 MTB


  • Maugle Sierra Vineyards Ledyard Sunset Red NV

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    A blend of estate-grown St. Croix and Cabernet Franc grapes brought in from Massachusetts, the Sunset Red is a medium-bodied, garnet-colored wine. The nose is brighter than the House Red, with more of the sea-air-tang I find so often in Northeastern reds and notes of both cherry and plum. In the mouth, the wine is a bit more traditional than ... Read More

    Wine review by 100216MTB 100216 MTB


  • Maugle Sierra Vineyards St. Croix Southeastern New England NV

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    Estate-grown and double-fermented in oak barrels, the St. Croix is a dark purple color with a beautiful soft and subtle nose with light notes of cherry. In the mouth the wine is soft and silky with almost no tannins. Lightly sweet from notes of cherry, there is just a touch of bitterness at the end which provides a nice balance. The fruit not... Read More

    Wine review by 100216MTB 100216 MTB


  • Wild Blue Too

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    Wine review by krig403


  • Digrazia Vineyards Red Blend Newbury Digrazia Vineyards NV

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    Wine review by krig403


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