Wallingford, CT, one of the 7 U.S. Wine Regions Giving Napa a Serious Run for Its Money, via AD

Architectural Digest recently highlighted seven wine regions across the nation that are giving Napa Valley a run for its money. We are thrilled that Wallingford, CT, wineries Paradise Hills Vineyard and Gouveia Vineyards were mentioned.

The entire state of Connecticut is really up-and-coming in the wine world. The state has a federally-recognized grape-growing region in the Western CT Highlands, known as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). Compared to states on the west coast, it is rare for New England to have areas designated as AVA regions. Southeastern CT also shares the Southeastern New England AVA with parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“Wallingford is a true up-and-comer in the wine world,” wrote Hannah Huber of Architectural Digest. “The St. Croix grape flourishes in this region and is the foundation for many of their red varietals.”

“First-rate producers might be a lot closer than you think,” she wrote. So why not visit the CT Wine Trail and see and taste for yourself?


Kayla Hedman

A Connecticut-native, Kayla recently moved back to southeastern CT from Burlington, VT. While in VT, she frequented local wineries, where a number of her friends worked as tasting room staff and event coordinators. She hardwired her palette and learned to appreciate wine for the sake of her friends. Unfortunately, after finding out she has an intolerance to gluten, Kayla stepped away from being a part-time representative for a brewery and grew to love wine even more. She works full-time as a brand manager at a marketing agency, and enjoys supporting local small businesses in her spare time.