Priam Vineyards was founded in 1998, and in 2002, became a licensed farm winery opening to the public in April of 2003.

They are a completely solar powered winery and sustainable vineyard nestled in the Salmon River Watershed area. Their twelve International Award-Winning wines produced are estate grown, blended, bottled and cellared on premises. Priam’s international award winning wines are produced in the style of Northern France and Germany. The 40 acre farm is in the historic town of Colchester, with 20 acres of grapes in production, and a breathtaking view of the New England countryside.

Priam Vineyards benefits from the unique microclimate of the hills of New London County, where they grow and hand pick classic European varietals. The rich gravelly soil, sloping hillside and constant breeze provide the perfect climate for these varietals.

To help reduce the impact on the environment, the winery was built into the hillside at the base of the vineyard. It was designed specifically to make use of the earth’s cool temperature in the wine cellar. As environmentalists, they practice sustainable agriculture, propagating bluebirds to help maintain a healthy vineyard.

The seasonally beautiful surroundings offer a number of outdoor activities throughout all seasons. Mohegan Sun Casino, Moodus Resort Area, the Goodspeed Opera House, the Spa at Norwich Inn, the Mystic Seaport, a number of state parks, including the Airline Hiking Trail are just minutes away. It’s a wonderful weekend destination for the entire family.

Wine List

  • Jeremy River White
  • Salmon River White
  • Blackledge White
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Riesling
  • Barrel Select Chardonnay
  • Blackledge Rosé
  • Late Harvest Riesling - Limited Production
  • Westchester Red
  • Salmon River Red
  • St. Croix
  • Essence of St. Croix - Limited Production

Awards

  • CT Winery of the Year
    2016 New York International
  • Silver Medal
    2016 Sunset International
    Barrel Select Chardonnay
  • Silver Medal
    2016 San Francisco International
    Barrel Select Chardonnay
  • Gold Medal
    2016 Sunset International
    Riesling
  • Silver Medal
    2016 New York International
    Riesling
  • Silver Medal
    2016 New York International
    Salmon River Red
  • Bronze Medal
    2016 Sunset International
    Salmon River Red
  • Bronze Medal
    2016 San Francisco International
    Salmon River Red
  • Gold, Silver & Bronze medals
    2003-2011 - International Eastern Wine Competition
  • Double Gold, Gold, Silver & Bronze medals
    2001-211 - Amenti Del Vino Eastern States Wine Competition
  • Gold, Silver & Bronze medals
    2002-2010 - Amenti Del Vino International Commercial Wine Competition

Facts

Est. 1998.
Owners: Gloria Priam.
Winemaker: Jerry Van Vort.
40 total acres; 20 planted.
European Grape varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Merlot as well as French-American hybrids: Cayuga and St. Croix.