Warm Up and Wine Down This Winter

Winter in Connecticut Wine Country brings a distinctively tranquil charm to the landscape. Rows of grapevines, once vibrant with green foliage and grape clusters, now stand bare against the backdrop of a pristine snowfall. 

But that’s hardly the vibe inside our farm wineries, as they embrace winter with a delightful fusion of wine culture and special events, punctuated with live music, artisanal food pairings, plus craft nights, paint & sip workshops, and more.  The combination of exquisite wines, the crisp air, and the camaraderie of fellow wine enthusiasts transforms winter into a magical time to explore the flourishing wine scene in Connecticut. Start planning your next visit! 

The CT Winter Wine Trail Is Back!

One of the most enchanting aspects of fall winery visits is the grape harvest when workers carefully gather the grapes that have been nurtured throughout the year and begin the winemaking process for the next season. From crushing and pressing to fermentation and aging, guided tours provide an educational journey through the intricate steps that culminate in creating exquisite wines. Winemakers often share anecdotes, secrets, and the passion that infuses their craft, creating an intimate connection between visitors and the wines they enjoy. It’s an incredible tradition – and you can have a front-row seat!

This year, 13 fabulous farm wineries across the state are in the game. Here’s how it works: 

From January 6th through March 30th, wine lovers can pick up a free passport from any of the participating wineries and begin their quest to visit each one (all are unique, giving visitors the chance to experience the wine-making process firsthand, take tours, and taste award-winning varieties as they enjoy first-class entertainment, great food, and special events). Get your passport stamped at all 13 vineyards and submit it by the March 30th deadline and you’ll be eligible to win a prize* (see list below). 

“Beat the winter blues by sipping some wonderful reds, whites, and pinks!” says Margaret Ruggerio of The CT Wine Trail and co-owner of Paradise Hills Vineyards in Wallingford. “Friends and family will enjoy a unique and delicious social experience as they expand their palates and learn about the history of winemaking in the state.”

Start planning an unbeatable day or weekend adventure – a tasty journey with a big payoff. See the list of participating wineries here!

Still Mulling It Over?

Many of our farm wineries have active orchards that produce a bounty of apples during this time of year; others partner with local farms at harvest time. The result: tasty, full-bodied apple wines, available by the bottle, the glass, and in refreshing wine slushies.

With the cooler temperatures comes another highlight of the fall season – mulled wine, served warm with spices and other flavorful ingredients like honey, brandy, and oranges. It’s the perfect beverage to promote relaxation and keep you toasty on a chilly evening!