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Looking to plan a day trip or need something to spice up your typical weekend routine? Consider visiting one of the many nearby wineries that CT and NY have to offer! Wineries are a great way to sample local wines, learn how wine is made, and of course, enjoy beautiful scenery. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best wineries to enjoy!
Located in Woodstock, CT, Taylor Brooke Winery offers 20 wines including estate grown dry wines, seasonal fruit-infused wines, red wines and dessert wines. Their signature dessert wine is called the "Chocolate Essence" and is a MUST try! Outside food is always welcome. Guests are welcome to taste the unique variety of wines, stroll through the vineyard, and enjoy the personal touch of a small, family-owned winery. Open Thursday 2:00pm-6:00pm, Friday 11:00am-6:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.
A member of the CT Wine Trail, Bishops Farm Market & Winery in Guilford offers daily vineyard tours and tastings. From dry to sweet, the options include award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and numerous white, rose and red wines. Bishop’s also has a new edition of sparkling wines: Sachem’s Twilight (Peach Wine) and Rubus Nightfall (Raspberry Wine). Winery Tours are held on Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00pm. Open Monday - Saturday from 8:00am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:30pm.
North Stonington, CT
Located on a picturesque 50 acres of land, Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT, offers tours of the winery as well as samplings of wine. Weather permitting, tours include walks in the vineyard along with a visit to the tank and barrel rooms. Tours begin at 12:00pm and last about 30 minutes. The winery has a small selection of local cheeses & accompaniments but encourages customers to bring their own snacks as well. The tasting bar is open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
New Hartford, CT
Another member of the CT Wine Trail, Jerram Winery currently has 11 signature wines and is located in the historic Town Hill section of New Hartford. Tours and tastings are available as well as picnics on the wine patio and scenic walks on the garden path. Jerram Winery also hosts art gallery receptions throughout the year. Open Friday through Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm.
There’s also a create-your-own-wine co-op program. Open Thursday - Sunday; check online for hours.
Dedicated to quality, creativity, and sustainable farming, Paradise Hills Vineyard and Winery in Wallingford, CT offers exceptional Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, Chambourcin, Tramenet and Cayuga. The winery is Tuscan - themed and has a separate copper wine bar area just for tastings! Tastings are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The winery is open Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-8:00pm, and Sunday, 11:00am-6:00pm.
A family owned, family operated winery provides over 60 acres of beautiful scenery for events, weddings, or just a fun day to relax. Hawk Ridge Winery is only a little more than a year old but already offers award winning wine. The winery offers a full menu which includes the famous Arethusa farm cheese! Outside food is also allowed! Open Wednesday & Thursday 3:00pm-8:00pm, Friday & Saturday 12:00pm-8:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm.
New Preston, CT
Hopkins Vineyard is the oldest family owned and operated winery in CT! They provide wine tastings, tours (by reservation), and gifts throughout the winery such as cork screws, wine glasses, gourmet food products, and specialty teas. Open Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm.
Now offering chocolate and wine pairing tastings, Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen is becoming increasingly popular! With a tasting room, wine shop, and special summer Outside food is allowed. Open Monday, Thursday, and Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm and Friday-Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm.
DiGrazia is an estate grown family run vineyard and winery. Come for a tasting or a winery or vineyard guided tour! Outside food is permitted here as well! You can even buy their wine online, directly shipped to you! Open Thursday-Monday from 11:00am-5:00pm.
Nestled in the hills of Shelton, the Jones Family Farms Winery is a premier winery offering guests "Sip and Savor" classes as well as new music, new sangria flavors, and farm treats every week. The tasting room is located at the Homestead Farm. Open Friday-Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.
South Salem, NY
A “Best of Westchester” winner, South Salem Winery in South Salem, NY, was the first micro-winery in Westchester county. They produce small batches of hand-crafted wine with grapes from Orient Point and the Finger Lakes. They currently offer 2016 NYS Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and a Rosé of Merlot, as well as NYS Hard Cider and Champagne. Tastings are currently postponed until further notice but wine by the bottle is available 7 days a week from 10:00am-5:00pm.
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Great day-trip idea
I've always wanted to visit a winery or vineyard on a day-trip...so many to chose from in CT!