Looking to plan a day trip or need something to spice up your typical weekend routine? Consider visiting one of the many 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 in Connecticut and New York below. 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! 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 Friday from 11:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday - Sunday from 11:00 am to 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). Open Monday - Saturday from 8:00am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:30pm.
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. During the summer, there is an additional outdoor tasting bar on the patio as well as weekly events. The tasting bar is open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
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 - Sunday, 11:00am to 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, Monday - Saturday.
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 offered from 1:00 to 5:00pm, Friday - Sunday.
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 Open Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Friday & Saturday from 11:00am to 6:00pm.events, be sure to dedicate a whole day to your trip to the vineyard.
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. During , the winery extends its hours from 4:00 to 7:00pm so guests can enjoy the terrace and patio. See website for more details.
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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!