The 4th of July is always a joyous occasion in this part of Connecticut. The kids are happy being off from school. Vacation time is near. There are many parties and celebrations with fireworks and family and friends. Dads do a lot of the cooking taking the pressure off of Moms for a change. The weather always seems to be nice in southern Connecticut this time of year and everyone seems to look forward to the 4th of July weekend where we consider our history and pay homage to our brave veterans who throughout the years have given so much to keep our families safe preserve our freedoms. During this 4th of July celebrations I would encourage you to investigate and support some of our wonderful Connecticut wines. Hit the Connecticut wine trail!
In New Haven County we have Bishops Orchards on the Post Road in Guilford. It is open seven days a week from 7am to 10pm. We also have Goveya Vineyards on World Wind Hill Road in Wallingford. Joe has a fantastic estate that looks like you are in the south of France. A sunset at Goveya Vineyards is always a treat. It is open Thursdays -Saturdays from 11 to 8 and Sundays from 11 to 6. A new winery is Rosabianca Vineyards at 1536 Middletown Avenue in Northford. It is open Fridays 3-6 and Saturdays from 11 to 8 and Sundays from 12 to 5. Paradise Hills Vineyard is in Wallingford on 15 Windswept Hill Road and are open during the week from 11-8 on Fridays from 11 to 9 and on Sundays from 11 to 6. Savino Vinyards is on 128 Ford Road in Woodbridge. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6. Gerry is a great guy and makes wonderful olive oil that gourmets die for.
Other Wineries around the state include Digrazia in Brookfield; Jones Winery in Shelton; Mclaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook; Rosedale Farms in Simsbury; Lost acres Vineyard in North Granby; Bethlehem Winery in Bethlehem; Haight-Brown in Litchfield; Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston; Jerram Winery in New Hartford; Land of Nod Winery in East Canan; Miiranda Vineyard in Goshen; Walker road Vineyards in Woodbury; Arrigoni winery in Portland; Charmard in Clinton; Staely Farm Winery in East Haddam; Dalice Elizabeth Winery in Preston; Jonathan Edwards in North Stonington; Maugle Sierra Vinyards in Ledyard; Prestin Ridge Vineyards in Preston; Priam Vinyards in Colchester; Stonington Vinyards in Stonington; Cassidy Hill Vineyards in Coventry; and Sharp Hill in Ponfret.
Go on to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture website under Connecticut Farm Wineries to find directions and hours of operations. Visit them during this upcoming 4th of July celebration. You will be glad you did!
By the way, a hard working family wants to establish a winery here in Orange off of route 34. I think it would be a great amenity for our community. Let me know what your think. Use the email below.
Ray Spaziani is the Chapter Director of the New Haven Chapter of the American Wine Society. He teaches wine appreciation classes at Gateway Community College, The Milford Board of Education and Maltose Wine and Beer Sellers and is a member of the International Tasting Panel of Amenti Del Vino and Wine Maker Magazine. He is an award winning home wine maker. Email Ray with your wine questions and wine events at Ray.Spaziani@gmail.com.