Spend a Day on the CT Wine Trail

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There’s never a bad reason to spend a day at the vineyards. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, looking to spend time with friends or you’re simply looking to get out of the house and enjoy the nice spring weather - they’re all valid excuses if you ask us! So, whichever one you decide to go with, here are a few of our favorite Connecticut wineries:

Chamard Vineyards

Chamard Vineyards was founded in 1983 by the William R. Chaney family. The first vines were planted in the spring of 1984, a 5.5 acre vineyard consisting primarily of Chardonnay with a small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. From 1986 through 1992 the remaining acreage was prepared and planted, for a combined total of 20 acres.

Tasting Hours: Tue-Sat 11-9, Sun 11-8. Open Mondays Memorial Day-Columbus Day 11-9.

Hopkins Vineyard

Set on the northern shore of Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Vineyard, a family-owned Connecticut Century Farm, proudly maintains a tradition of making fine wines of award-winning quality. In 1787 Elijah Hopkins, returning from the Revolutionary War, chose this rich and fertile site on Lake Waramaug to settle his family and start the Hopkins Farm.

Tasting Hours: Mar-Apr: Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-6. May-Oct: Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6.

Jones Winery

For over 150 years, six generations of the Jones family have farmed their land in the White Hills of Shelton, Connecticut. The Jones Winery continues the family tradition of growing high quality crops that celebrate the great bounty of local farmlands. The farm’s vineyard and famous berry harvests allow the winery to create a wonderful selection of traditional grape wines and specialty fruit wines.

Tasting Hours: Mar-May: Fri-Sun 11-5; last call 4:45. Jun-Mid-Nov: Thu-Sun 11-5:30; last call 5:15.

Great food presented and prepared with care is our philosophy for producing fabulous events ranging from white tablecloth cuisine to beachside clambakes and boardroom lunches. At DSC, our menus are here to guide and inspire you, while making the process of planning your event an enjoyable and seamless one.