Connecticut Wine Trail

Written by Amy Hall
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The Connecticut wine trail is made up of 10 Connecticut vineyards that are within a 45 minute drive from any point in the state. This means that if your Connecticut bed and breakfast is located in Litchfield, you would not have to travel more than 45 minutes to reach a vineyard on the Connecticut wine trail. In fact, there are vineyards located in Litchfield County, so your drive would be very short.

If you are curious which towns are included on the Connecticut wine trail, they are as follows: Brookfield, New Preston, Litchfield, Clinton, Mystic, Stonington, and North Stonington. The 10 wineries on the wine trail include: McLaughlin, DiGrazia, Hopkins, Haight-Litchfield, Heritage Trail, Chamard, Stonington, Jonathan Edwards, Priam Vineyards, and Sharpe Hill. If you wanted to take in all the vineyards, it would require two to three days to visit them all.

Commercial wineries were allowed in Connecticut in 1978 when the Connecticut winery act was passed. The Connecticut wine trail was not established until 1988, however many local residents believe that it was well worth the wait. Some wonderful wines come from these vineyards, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Riesling, and Vignoles, to name just a few. Most wineries will allow visitors to sample some of their reds and whites, from the comfort of their tasting rooms.

Take in the Natural Beauty of the Connecticut Wine Trail

If you are interested in visiting some of the local wineries, it is best to call in advance to find out tour times as well as prices. Group tours may require reservations, but most wineries are able to accommodate reasonable requests. Farm wineries are able to sell wine on Sundays, so have your wallet with you if you think you might want to take home a bottle or two.

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