Who’s ready for the CT Wine Festival???!!!! Personally I cannot wait.
Some of Connecticut’s best CT Grown wine producers come together to celebrate their community and delicious wines annually. Every year I go home reminded of my love and appreciation for CT Grown wine, and usually a bag full of favorites!
This year the CT Wine Festival at Goshen Fairgrounds has a record number of wineries participating – 16 in total! Along with the wineries, there will be delicious local food, live music, and small business vendors. You can drink, eat, and shop your way around the Festival while you listen to some awesome local music. Join me Saturday, July 22 from 12-7pm and Sunday, July 23 from 12-6pm.
Location: Goshen Fairgrounds – 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT – located approximately 1/2 mile south of Goshen center on Route 63.
What to expect:
- You are provided with a tote bag for wine purchases! This is perfect for taking home your new favorite wines. There’s also a merchandise tent for when your wine purchases get too heavy… you can drop your wine purchases at the tent located near the front gate for pick up when you leave.
- You get to taste new and special releases from all 16 wineries, if time allows. Two wineries are only tasting one wine, but the rest are providing up to four samples.
- Grape Stomp Competition – on Sunday afternoon they have a grape stomp competition. It’s super fun! The winners win free wines from one of the local vineyards. Who doesn’t want to stomp grapes like Lucy?
- Bring your Passport to CT Farm Wineries – You won’t be able to get stamps from all 16 winery participants, but the Passport does have a Wine Festival page!
- Live music – Always a great complement to wine.
- Tons of vendors. It is a great day to browse and see some of the local gourmet options and artisans Connecticut has to offer.
- Photo booths. Look camera ready!
Tips on How to Make the Most of the Festival:
- Make sure to BRING YOUR ID – You will not be allowed entry if you forget your ID.
- Register for the Grape Stomp before it’s full – It’s so much fun to participate. If you don’t get tickets in time (limited to 60 participants) make sure to go and cheer people on. It’s the largest Grape Stomp in New England. Participants must be 21 years or older, sign a waiver, and be willing to get grapes stuck between their toes! ADMISSION TO CT WINE FESTIVAL IS REQUIRED! Stomp is Sunday, July 23 from 2-3pm.
- Plan and map out your tastings – Since there will be so many wineries in attendance this year I would pick your top three wineries to stop at, and then choose another three you have never tried. Two wineries (Savino and Staehly Farm) are only tasting one kind of wine, so try them before their only sample is gone! Then see where the day takes you after that.
- Drink Responsibly and Hydrate – Since you will be tasting wine and walking around in the sun (fingers crossed), make sure to hydrate. You can purchase water from local food vendors or bring your own empty water bottle to fill at water stations. You should also snack throughout the day.
- Wear comfortable shoes – You will be walking around quite a bit. I would suggest wearing flat sandals, flip flops, boat shoes, or sneakers.
- Wear light and comfortable clothing – Make sure to check the weather to see what the temperature will be on the day you attend. I wore a light sundress last year and it was perfect. I was very comfortable walking around the Festival.
- No pets, outside food or drink are allowed – kids ARE allowed, and pay the same price as a Designated Driver ticket.
- Parking – Parking is surprisingly easy. The local police will guide you to park in the field parking lots across the street from Goshen Fair Grounds.
- Have fun!! – It’s a great day out for you and your significant other, family, group of friends, and/or co-workers. There is something for everyone. Whether you are a wine lover, foodie, music buff, shopaholic, or just feel like stomping some grapes, you will have a great time.
- Stop at Wineries located nearby – Sunset Meadow Vineyards has wine slushies (super refreshing), or try Vhino Verde at Miranda Vineyard. Both offer chocolate & wine pairing tastings, as well. You might as well get two more Passport stamps since you’ll already be in Goshen, right?
- More tips from fellow blogger Evamarie can be found here.
Favorite things from last year:
- Grape stomp – So much fun to cheer people on!
- Wine selections – I brought a lot of new releases and wines I’ve never tried before home. Please check out my Festival recap blog from last year to see the list of my favorites.
- Getting to try new local food was so great. There were “boozy” popsicles I was obsessed with and some great barbecue.
- My girlfriends and I had a great girls’ day out! Great wine, delicious food, watching the grape stomp, and girl talk made for a great day!
Wineries Participating in 2017:
- Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford
- Brignole Vineyards, East Granby
- DiGrazia Vineyards, Brookfield
- Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry
- Hopkins Vineyard, Warren
- Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington
- Jones Winery, Shelton
- Miranda Vineyard, Goshen
- Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery, Wallingford
- Priam Vineyards, Colchester
- Savino Vineyards, Woodbridge *only tasting one wine
- Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Pomfret
- Staehly Farm Winery, East Haddam *not a CT Wine Trail Member; only tasting one wine
- Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen
- Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock
- White Silo Farm & Winery, East Sherman
Exhibitors Participating in 2017:
- Andiamo Tours
- Carla’s Pasta
- Cutco Cutlery
- Glass Act
- Gourmet Creations
- Keep Me Clean
- Kelly’s Crystals
- Lakonia Greek Products
- LeafFilter North of Connecticut
- Lil” Jewels
- Liberty Insurance
- Little Farms on Main
- Pearl Odyssey
- Power Home Remodeling Group
- Pure Romance
- Recycled Bottle Crafts
- Renewal by Anderson
- Rhineland Cutlery
- Silpada Jewelry
- SilverLeaf Resorts
- Sky Property Services
- The Olive Oil Factory
- Thomas Jewelry
- Traveling Vineyards
- Waddell and Reed
- Walk by Faith Doggie Bakery
- Word Couture