Located in the scenic town of Goshen, CT and originally a working farm purchased in 1996 by George and Judy Motel, Sunset Meadow Farm, as it was known, raised beef cattle and hay. In 2003 Sunset Meadow Vineyards was established. Taking our years of farming experience and making the transition to grape growing and the producing of award-winning wines, the vineyards were planted on sloping, westerly and southern exposed fields, creating an ideal setting for prime sun exposure and constant airflow necessary for vine health. Today Sunset Meadow Vineyards is among New England’s largest producing vineyards.

Overlooking the captivating sunsets of the Litchfield Hills, the vineyards lie on 50 acres of rich and fertile soil which has a long tradition of agriculture dating back to the 1800’s. At Sunset Meadow Vineyards, we have a great deal of respect for the beauty of nature and the health of the environment. Therefore we pride ourselves on practicing sustainable methods of farming while growing and harvesting our grapes. The vines are hand pruned, hand harvested and maintained with extreme precision by our staff.

Visitors can take a step into the past while enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere of our historic tasting room. Our winery is located inside a 1800s German Bank Barn which has been used to support the properties numerous agricultural operations over the years. The tasting room has been crafted using estate antiques and original hand-hewed beams. The rich history and picturesque landscape of the beautiful Western Connecticut Highlands provides a breathtaking ambiance to all customers.

Sunset Meadow Vineyards was voted New England’s Best Family Winery by Yankee Magazine and has been featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.  7 different wines have won Gold Medals including our 2010 Chardonnay which took home the Gold in the 2012 International Eastern Wine competition.

Wine List

  • SMV Chardonnay
  • SMV Riesling
  • SMV Cayuga White
  • SMV Vidal Blanc
  • SMV Blustery Blend
  • SMV Rosé
  • SMV Sunset Blush
  • SMV Enchanted Apple
  • SMV St. Croix
  • SMV Merlot
  • SMV New Dawn
  • SMV Twisted Red
  • SMV Shades
  • SMV Root 63
  • SMV Pyrrha’s Passion
  • SMV Midnight Ice - Limited
  • SMV Merlot Reserve - Limited
  • SMV Twisted Red Reserve - Limited
  • SMV Cabernet Franc Reserve - Limited
  • SMV Big Lab Cab - Limited
  • SMV St. Croix Reserve - Limited

Awards

  • Best New England Winery
    Yankee Magazine 2010
  • Best Connecticut Wine Product
    Connecticut Magazine 2015
  • 2016 Award of Excellence Hospitality
    Trip Advisor
  • Silver Medal
    2016 CT Specialty Food & Wine Competition
    SMV Chardonnay
  • Gold Medal
    2012 International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV Chardonnay
  • 12-time International Medal Winner, Including two Gold
    2008 - 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV Cayuga White
  • 7-time Winner, including Gold
    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    Cayuga White
  • 3-time Medal Winner
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV Riesling
  • 2-time Bronze, Silver
    2008, 2014, 2015 International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV Vidal Blanc
  • Bronze Medal
    2013, 2015, 2016 Amenti DelVino Wine Competition
    SMV Vidal Blanc
  • Bronze Medal
    2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV Vidal Blanc
  • Silver Medal
    2009 Eastern States Wine Competition (Big E)
    SMV Vidal Blanc
  • 7-time International Medal Winner, including Gold
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV Rosé
  • 4-time International Medal Winner
    2008-2012 International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV Blustery Blend
  • Double Gold Medal
    2015 International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV Blustery Blend
  • Bronze Medal, Wine Product of the Year
    2013-2016 CT Specialty Food Awards
    SMV Blustery Blend
  • 12-time International Medal Winner, including Gold
    2008-2011 International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV Sunset Blush
  • 2 Gold, Silver, Bronze Medal
    2012-2016 CT Specialty Food Awards
    SMV Sunset Blush
  • Silver Medal
    2015 Amenti DelVino Wine Competition
    SMV Enchanted Apple
  • Bronze Medal
    2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV Enchanted Apple
  • 2-time Gold Medal, Wine Product of the Year, Silver Medal
    2012-2014 CT Specialty Food Competition
    SMV Midnight Ice
  • Silver Medal
    2012 International Eastern Wine Competition
    SMV St. Croix
  • Gold, Silver, Bronze Medal
    2012, 2013, 2016 CT Specialty Food Competition
    SMV St. Croix
  • Bronze Medal
    2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV St. Croix
  • Bronze Medal
    2010 Eastern States Wine Competition (Big E)
    SMV New Dawn
  • Silver, 2 Bronze Medal
    2011, 2014, 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV New Dawn
  • Silver Medal
    2012-2016 CT Specialty Food Awards
    SMV New Dawn
  • Silver Medal
    2015 Amenti DelVino Wine Competition
    SMV New Dawn
  • Gold, Silver Medal
    2010, 2015 Amenti DelVino Wine Competition
    SMV New Dawn
  • 2 Silver, Bronze Medal
    2010, 2011, 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV Merlot
  • Bronze Medal
    2013, 2015 Amenti DelVino Wine Competition
    SMV Merlot
  • Bronze Medal
    2010 Grand Harvest International Wine Competition
    SMV Merlot
  • Bronze Medal
    2008 Eastern States Wine Competition (Big E)
    SMV Twisted Red
  • Silver Medal
    2009 Grand Harvest International Wine Competition
    SMV Twisted Red
  • Bronze Medal
    2010, 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV Twisted Red
  • Silver, Bronze Medal
    2015-2016 Amenti DelVino Wine Competition
    SMV Twisted Red
  • Silver, Gold Medal
    2014, 2016 CT Specialty Food Awards
    SMV Root 63
  • Bronze Medal
    2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV Root 63
  • Bronze Medal
    2016 Eastern States Wine Competition (Big E)
    SMV Root 63
  • Gold Medal
    2016 Amenti DelVino Wine Competition
    SMV Root 63
  • Bronze Medal
    2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV Pyrrha’s Passion
  • Silver, Bronze, Silver Medal
    2012, 2014, 2016 CT Specialty Food Competition
    SMV Pyrrha’s Passion
  • Silver Medal
    2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    SMV Cabernet Franc Reserve

Facts

Est. 2001.
Owners:  George and Judy Motel.
Winemaker:  George Motel III.
50 Total Acres; 33 planted.
Varietals:  Cayuga White, Chardonnay, Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Chardonel, Lemberger, Chamborcin, Frontenac, Landot,  Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, St. Croix, Merlot, Petit Verdot.
Largest Estate Wine Variety in Connecticut.