Father’s Day 2017

What do you buy for the dad that seems to have everything? All weekend long, vineyards and wineries across the state are hosting wallet-friendly special events and tastings to share with dad. So go ahead and take dad to “taste the adventure” and make memories to last a lifetime!

Take it from us:

Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery, Wallingford

“One of my favorite things to do on Father’s Day is to spend time with my beautiful family, maybe play a game of soccer, and of course enjoy great wines from Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery!
Meeting my wife Margaret Ruggiero many years ago was one of the best things that ever happened to me. She introduced me into the Wine Business and she has given me the greatest of all gifts — being a father to our beautiful son Marcelo Jr.  Days on the farm with him are special times, and they just keep getting better every day as I see him becoming his own person and his love for the V
I am so thankful for all our family’s blessings as we are expecting our second son at the end of August.
From one Father to another, I wish everyone a wonderful special Father’s Day!” – Marcelo Mena, Winemaker & General Manager at Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery


Hopkins Vineyard, Warren

“When I was very little my Dad decided to make Dandelion Wine. So on a cold Spring morning he sent my sister and I out to the lawn to pick dandelions. Well, at first it was fun, but then it quickly became hard work. At the time I was not impressed much about wine, because it eventually exploded in the basement, but it was the early beginnings of Hopkins Vineyard.” – Hilary Hopkins Criollo, President of Hopkins Vineyard, speaking of her father Bill Hopkins


Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford

“My favorite food to enjoy on Father’s Day is Strawberry Shortcake, with the Strawberries from Bishop’s Orchards (picked ourselves when possible) over a fresh made biscuit, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Plenty of strawberry juice makes it the best ever.  Having the family gather together at “The Place” in Guilford for lobster with 3 or 4 generations together makes the day even more special.” – Keith Bishop, Co-CEO, Treasurer & Winemaker at Bishop’s Orchards


  • Winery Tours 2-3pm, $6 or $14 with tasting
  • Weekend Themed Tastings 12-5pm

Miranda Vineyard, Goshen

“I cherish the memories of going on picnics with my Dad. He always made sure to bring his homemade wine!” – Maria Miranda, owner of Miranda Vineyard


More events:

Cherry Jubilee Wine Release at Taylor Brooke Winery in Woodstock, 11am-5pm.

Live Music at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston. Fat Cat/Skinny Rat live in the tasting room 12-3pm; Rollin’ Reds food truck on site. Buy one glass of wine, get a free glass for dad!

Father’s Day at Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen, 11am-5pm. Buy one tasting and Dad’s is free! Acoustic Groove will be playing from 1:30-4:30pm.

Father’s Day Luncheon at Priam Vineyards in Colchester, open 11am-6pm. Come enjoy grilled steaks, ribs and hot dogs, plus a glass of wine. Reservations required. Visit our website or call 860-267-8520.

10th Annual Rhubarb Festival at White Silo Farm & Winery, 12-5pm. Free admission. Food, wine, tours, live music.

Live Music with Tom Burgess at Haight-Brown Vineyard in Litchfield,  2:30-5:30pm.

Live Music with the Cartells Trio at Maugle Sierra Vineyard in Ledyard, 3-6pm.

Don’t forget to get your Passport to CT Farm Wineries stamped! Father’s Day weekend is a great time to get 2 or 3…or maybe even 5 stamps taken care of! Each CT Wine Trail vineyard and winery has a unique atmosphere and wine styles.