Author: Kayla Hedman

Meet Paradise Hills & The Ruggerio Family

If you’re looking for a vineyard with a family feel, look no further than Paradise Hills Vineyard in Wallingford. This Tuscan-themed winery is one of the most accessible wineries on the Trail, open every single day, even some holidays 11 AM – 8 PM (Sundays until 6 PM), making it a great daytime or evening destination.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Margaret Ruggerio Mena, winemaker and owner at Paradise Hills, on a late summer evening. We grabbed a table near the vines outside, sipped on Cayuga White and chatted about the vineyard before heading inside for a behind-the-scenes look at their winemaking.

Winemaker Profile: Maryann Houde, Gouveia Vineyards

Christina Musto chats with Maryann Houde, winemaker at Gouveia Vineyards, and gets a peak into the day in the life of a Connecticut Winemaker. Visiting Gouveia Vineyards is like visiting your favorite mountain getaway. You enter the driveway and are immediately transported to a peaceful, beautiful, vineyard property with rolling hills and gorgeous views. The tasting room is open and airy creating a relaxing tasting experience.

Winemaker Profile: Kristen Parsons, Chamard Vineyards

In this edition of “Winemaker Profile,” Kristen Parsons talks about how family tradition set her on her winemaking path. Through hard work, perseverance, and her passion for wine Kristen was able to position herself to achieve her winemaking goals. Christina Musto tells us her story and a bit more about Chamard Vineyards in Clinton.

CT_Uncorked Reviews The Connecticut Wine Festival

Summertime means warm weather, beach fun, and of course – the Connecticut Wine Festival. The CT Wine Festival attracts wine lovers from across the Nutmeg state with the promise of plentiful wine tastings, unique food, and the all-important stamp on the Connecticut Wine Passport. While the tastings are the main attraction, the festival has something for everyone.

Planning a Winery Engagement Photo Shoot

A Connecticut vineyard is a great place to take your engagement photos. With so many beautiful vineyards across the state, there is definitely one within a short distance from you. Whether you love wine or not, the scenery at our local wineries is vast and stunning. From the vines themselves, to luscious trees, rustic buildings and sometimes ponds, picnic areas, gardens, and flower fields you’ll have a wide variety of backdrops to choose from.

Meet the Grapes of Sunset Meadow Vineyard

Every year Sunset Meadow Vineyard in Goshen holds a “Meet the Grapes” event which allows attendees to get up close and personal with their vines, winemakers, and winery story. The 90-minute tour features a tractor ride throughout most of their 38 planted acres, a Q&A session with the winemakers accompanied by a glass of wine, and a tour of their winemaking areas. Typically hosted in late summer, this is an event you should definitely attend to not only learn about their vineyard and practices, but about winemaking in Connecticut in general.