JUNE 25, 2020
Now that the Connecticut Reopening plan for the restaurant sector is well underway, nearly all wineries and vineyards of the Connecticut Wine Trail are re-open for business — with strict social interaction safeguards in place to ensure the health and safety of guests and employees.
Based on state guidelines, as of June 17, 2020, member wineries and vineyards began implementing the following guidelines:
- Indoor facilities are limited to 50 percent capacity, with all tables at least six feet apart. Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances, and employees must wear masks.
- Groups may be seated together indoors, with a maximum of 10 people per group.
- For outdoor facilities, may be seated together, with a maximum of 25 people per group.
- Outdoor events are permitted with proper social distancing.
In addition to reopening under these revised guidelines, CT Wine Trail wineries and vineyards will continue no-contact services, including curbside pickup. Although on-premise wine tastings are prohibited Trail-wide, wine is available for sale by the bottle or by individual glass. Face masks are required for visits and purchases at any member winery or vineyard.
“The health and safety of guests and staff is our top priority. So, we are pleased to be able to re-open with practical measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all,” said Margaret Ruggiero, President of the CT Wine Trail Marketing Committee. “We are thrilled to welcome our customers back to our wineries and have appreciated their continued support throughout the last few months.”
Most member wineries and vineyards have made outdoor seating available for patrons to enjoy a glass of wine outside with social distancing required between parties. Some members of the CT Wine Trail have also partnered with local food truck companies or have food available for purchase on-premise for picnicking.
During the period of business closure due to the pandemic, the wine trail offered wine sales with curbside pickup, shipping, and delivery options. Many members also teamed up with local restaurants to make pairing recommendations with takeout meals.
For up-to-date information about CT Wine Trail members’ hours and operations, visit ctwine.com/support-your-local-vineyard/.