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Connecticut farms, orchards, vineyards open for tours, wine, shopping

People often think of Connecticut as an urban place, but it also has many small farms, vineyards, farmers markets, and pick your ownorchards that welcome the public to visit, meet farm animals, taste wine, pick fruit, and shop. The Litchfield region of western Connecticut has dairy farms making specialty cheeses and similar products.
Other Connecticut farms produce wool from sheep and alpacas, buffalo meat, and more. The Connecticut Wine Trail is a string of vineyards and wineries that welcome guests and host tastings and special events.

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Sunset Vineyard - CT Wine Trail
Connecticut Wine Trail

Every vineyard has a tale to tell along the scenic (and delicious) Connecticut Wine Trail

There’s a story behind each of the 25 wineries along the Connecticut Wine Trail. Learn about the history of the vineyards, sample not only the great variety of wines and ciders to be found in this fast-growing wine region but also some of the fruits and other crops grown on their farms. Sip award-winning reds and whites in tasting rooms fashioned from repurposed dairy barns, an 1800s German bank barn – even a World War II-vintage hangar. Talk to owners about the wine-making process, take self-guided tours or just sit at a table on a deck or patio or under a tent overlooking the vineyards, listen to some live music and wait for that spectacular sunset.