If you are a wine aficionado and you happen to be anywhere in Connecticut then you are probably somewhere nearby The Connecticut Wine Trail. The Connecticut Wine Trail connects the northeast’s enchanted oenophile with 19 vineyards all across the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Wine Trail does sort of meander around the state and the fact is that you will not be able to visit all 19 vineyards in one single day. For this reason the trail is divided into two different sections, East and West, and it is probably a good idea to take a weekend or a couple of weekends to really get a full appreciation for all that these fine vineyards have to offer.
One great thing about The Connecticut Wine Trail is that it doesn’t hide behind a mask of superiority. In fact guests who come to see the different wineries are allowed to have a peek behind the veil and see their particular wine making strategy at that vineyard. Guests along The Connecticut Wine Trail also have the ability to sample the wines of the different vineyards and purchase the wines of the different vineyards along the way. The Connecticut Wine Trail is a great way for people who are very interested in wine to be able to sample different, home grown, local types of wines and learn a little something about making wine in the process.
The western portion of The Connecticut Wine Trail is the one which I am most familiar with because that’s where I lived in Connecticut. The Connecticut Wine Trail can be started anywhere you like but there is recommended launching points depending upon where you are located.
Jones Winery in Shelton is where many people start the western portion of The Connecticut Wine Trail. MacLaughlin Vineyard in Sandy Hook is next, followed by DeGrazia Vineyard in Brookfield, White Silo Winery in Sherman, Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, Haight-Brown Vineyard in Lichfield, Sunset Meadow Vineyard then Miranda Vineyard in Goshen, Land of Nod Vineyard in Canaan, and Jerram Winery in New Hartford, is the suggested route for the western end of The Connecticut Wine Trail.
While the western portion of The Connecticut Wine Trail is largely inland, the eastern portion of The Connecticut Wine Trail runs along the coast and then well up into the hills of Connecticut. While you could do the entire thing in one day it is recommended that visitors enjoy the coastal wineries on day one followed by the inland wineries on day two. A suggested route is as follows: Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford, Sharpe Hill in Pomfret, Priam Vineyards in Colchester, Heritage Trail Vineyards in Lisbon, Jonathan Edwards in North Stonington, Stonington Vineyards in Stonington, Maugle Sierra Vineyards in Ledyard, Chamard in Clinton, and Bishop’s Orchards Winery in Guilford round out the eastern leg of the Connecticut Wine Trail.
While each of these distinct wineries deserve your attention individually, the fact is you can make a great weekend or pair of weekends out of The Connecticut Wine Trail in your own time.http://www.ctwine.com/