Exploring the Best in Litchfield County Vineyards
There are few things I enjoy during my summers in New England more than a relaxing afternoon exploring the beautiful Connecticut countryside. While part of that enjoyment is inspired from the gorgeous rolling hills, the inevitable visits to antique and curio shops and the time forgotten little towns that offer respite and cool drinks on a warm summer’s day, my real inspiration for visiting these idyllic spots are the many vineyards that dot the landscape along the way. Connecticut wine country is without a doubt a must for any person looking to get out of their usual routine and disappear into the quaint reality of great wine and good conversation.
Litchfield County is by far the best area to explore in looking for great local wine. Towns in this region offer so many vineyards that it’s hard to pick those worth visiting and those to put off for another time. The following are a few gems that are worth checking out.
At first this vineyard seems a bit too commercial and perhaps less intimate an atmosphere than other vineyards in the area. Rest assured though that the wine here is delicious. Be sure to try the Big Red Syrah for a great smoky red or the Honey, Nut Apple for a something a bit out of the ordinary.
After you buy a bottle or two, head to the balcony for a beautiful view overlooking the vineyard and order something from their small but tasty menu. On Saturdays it isn’t uncommon for a live band to be playing as well.
Tuesday- Thursday 11AM -5pm, Fridays 11-6pm, Saturdays 10:30-6pm & Sunday 12-6pm
29 Chestnut Hill Rd. Litchfield, CT 06759
Winner of the 2010 Editor’s Choice Award for Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide, Sunset Meadow is a sure bet for an all around great tasting experience. The staff here is extremely friendly and informative and can offer you a selection varying from award winning chardonnay and rose to an equally praised and bold Merlot. Available upon request a great assortment of cheeses, crackers, pate and smoked meats are on hand for a hungry visitor to enjoy.
Thursday, Friday, Sunday 11 AM-5PM; Saturday 11AM-6PM
599 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT 06756
This cozy spot is a little bit farther than other vineyards to get to, but the trip is most definitely worth the extra miles. Land of Nod provides an extremely intimate environment where you and the owner can discuss anything from local history to the process they use in creating their wines. Their peach and fruit varieties are some of the best I’ve had in the area, though no matter what you get you can’t go wrong here.
99 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT