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.

Planning a Winery Picnic

Whether you’re planning a romantic afternoon with your significant other, bringing the whole family, or meeting up with friends packing a picnic lunch or appetizer spread is a very fun way to take on the Connecticut Wine Trail. While you enjoy the beautiful grounds & wine our vineyards have to offer you can munch on some great foods too.

“Best Atmosphere” Survey

13 day and weekend trips, hundreds of glasses of wine, and countless new wino friends later, the people of the CT Wine Trail have spoken. The five vineyards that earned the voters choice as having the “Best Atmosphere” on the Connecticut Wine Trail are…

Hopkins Vineyard Off-Dry Cider

Looking back to 2014, taken from the East Coast Wineries archive:
Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, CT, continues to be a favorite of mine. Recently, I tried their Hopkins Vineyard Apple Cider Off-Dry Cider. This relatively still apple wine is made from locally grown apples. Lots of beautiful fruit up front. Nice middle, with bright acidity and lovely mouthfeel. Very pretty. A little different because it is mostly still.

DiGrazia Fieldstone Red (CT)

Looking back to 2012, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives:
“When I was a college student and just in the few years after my graduation, one of the first wineries I visited (among those in Connecticut and New Jersey) was Digrazia Vineyards. As a young wine drinker, despite the finer wines my family drank (Nebbiolos, Bordeauxs and Burgundies) I did enjoy the lighter and brighter whites of some of the east coast wineries. And I liked semi-sweet whites. Once of my favorites was Autumn Spice, a pumpkin wine, which I later recommended in the mid-2000’s. It made for a great Thanksgiving Wine. Back in the 1980s there were few wineries, and Dr.Digrazia was one of the pioneers of east coast winemaking, certainly in New England, let alone Connecticut.”

Chamard Merlot 2006

Looking back to 2011, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives:
“I have been going to wineries a long time on the east coast. And one of the dominant ones in Connecticut has always been Chamard. It was started as a quality winery from the very begining, no picnic wines here. And it’s pretty much stayed that way.”

Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, CT

Looking back to 2011, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives. Hopkins is still getting better with age:
Back in the day, when I was first started going to wineries, more than 20 years ago (gulp! is it that long ago?) I took my then girlfriend and another friend, and we drove up Route 7 to Hopkins Vineyards in Warren, CT. Set on the northern shore of Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Vineyard, a family-owned Connecticut Century Farm, proudly maintains a tradition of making fine wines of award-winning quality.