Vineyards & Wineries in Connecticut

Connecticut's vineyards and wineries are a growth industry that welcomes visitors of all kinds, from the expert to people who are simply curious about wine. The Connecticut Wine Trail is a network of two dozen vineyards and wineries all over the state that offer coordinated events and hospitality to the wine-loving public. A Winter Wine Trail is accumulating fans who want to keep exploring during the colder season. Many vineyards host great events combining wine, food, music, and hospitality.

Vineyards & Wineries in Connecticut (CT)
Wine Glasses 500x250 - Griswold Inn - Essex, CT
The Griswold Inn

36 Main Street Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-1776

Wines are front and center at this historic inn, near the state wine trail

At the historic Griswold Inn, they know their wines: An elegant wine bar with over 50 wines on the list have earned it the Wine Spectators Award of Excellence for 11 years running. But that’s just where your vineyard adventure begins when you stay at this Revolutionary War-era inn. Travel the Connecticut Wine Trail and sample a variety of wine styles and stunning scenery. Try the Chardonnay at Chamard Vineyards, a taste of Napa Valley at Jonathan Edwards Winery, vegan-certified wines at Priam Vineyard, the Fireside Tavern’s offerings at Sharpe Hill Vineyard or the Seaport White at Stonington Vineyards. Plan a picnic, enjoy unique tasting rooms, patios and decks – then head back to the inn to relax in your comfortable room
Miranda Vineyard Grapevines 500x250 - CT Wine Trail
Connecticut Wine Trail

Variety of wineries, and wines, make this trail a fun, and tasteful, experience

Almost two dozen picturesque wineries and vineyards dot the Connecticut Wine Trail, which takes you through one of the most exciting wine regions in the country. Sip a chardonnay at Chamard Vineyards, or the Hawk Eye White under a sail-cloth tent at Hawk Ridge Winery. Stroll through the wine gardens at Sharpe Hill Vineyard, let the kids visit the llamas and alpacas at Bishop’s Orchards. Sit at tasting rooms fashioned from 19th century barns and World War II-era hangars. Take a tour, walk through the vineyards, or just sit in an Adirondack chair with a glass of merlot and admire the stunning scenery. Most wineries are pet friendly; many have live music, wine pairings, classes and comedy nights. Check the website for information on the winter wine trail.

Take a tour of some of the great vineyards on the CT Winter Wine Trail.
Fruit Wines - Bishop's Orchards - Guilford, CT
Bishop's Orchards Winery

1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT, 06437 Phone: 203-453-2338

No surprise that the best fruit wines are made right at this farm and orchard

Who would make more delicious fruit wines than an orchard? No one! That’s why Bishop’s Orchards is the perfect place to enjoy a wine tasting or just settle in at the wine bar (part of the farm’s original 1928 barn) with a glass of fruit wine created with the orchards’ own apples, peaches, pears, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Sample the diverse collection of national and international-award-winning wines, sparkling wines and dry and semi-dry hard ciders made at the winery, which began operations in 2005. The bar also offers other local wines and craft beers and popular froses (wine slushes in flavors like honey peach melba). Check the website calendar for special events and weekend educational offerings as well as live entertainment at the Little Red Bar(n).