Preston Ridge Vineyard

Snapshot:

Est. 2008.
Owners: Sawyer & Helms Families.
60+ total acres; 5-6 planted.
Annual Produced Cases: 1,500.
Varietals: Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Triaminette, Baco Noir, Vidal Blanc.

In the details:

“Located in historic Preston, CT, Preston Ridge Vineyard is situated on 60 bucolic acres just 15 miles from the Long Island Sound. Our location at the peak of a ridge provides breathtaking views of the Connecticut countryside for over 20 miles. Included in the Southeastern New England AVA, we are able to take advantage of the moderating influence of the Sound throughout our nearly six planted acres, where we are currently growing varietals including: Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Triaminette, Vidal Blanc and Baco Noir.” – CTWines.com

Chamard Vineyards

Snapshot: 

Est. 1983.
40 Acres; 20 cultivated.
Annual Produced Cases: 5,000.
Owners: Drs. Jonathan and Bonnie Rothberg.
Winemakers: Kristen Parsons & Ray Ambrose.
No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed on the Property. Bistro Open Tue-Sat 12-9; Sun 11-8. Open Mondays Memorial Day-Columbus Day 12-9.
Grape Varietals: Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Pinot Noir.

In the details:

“Chamard benefits from a unique micro-climate influenced greatly by Long Island Sound. Located two miles from the sound and six miles from the mouth of the Connecticut River, this maritime climate produces mild winter temperatures and a long, warm growing season, very similar to Central France or the Burgundy region.

The rich, stony soil, gently sloping land and moderate climate provide an ideal environment for the growing of European Vinifera wine grapes. In 2005 Chamard was purchased by the Rothberg family who recognized its beauty and heritage. The Rothberg’s are committed to expanding the palette of wines and making Chamard Vineyards a premier Connecticut destination.” – CTWines.com

Saltwater Vineyards

Snapshot:

Est. 2003
Owners: Michael & Merrily Connery.
100 total acres; 15+ planted acres.
Annual Produced Cases: 1000.
Grape Varietals: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer.

In the details:

“Saltwater Farm Vineyard is set on more than 100 panoramic acres – 15 of which are planted with six varieties of grapes, and bordered by tidal marshes, a cove and vistas of Long Island Sound, near the historic New England coastal village of Stonington, Connecticut. The centerpiece of the bucolic property, which has a small private airport dating to the late 1930s, is a World War II – vintage hangar, designed by the late architect John W. Lincoln, a colleague of Walter Gropius. The hangar, opening onto terraces and the vineyard, has been preserved and converted into a winery.” CTWines.com

 

White Silo Farm & Vineyard

Snapshot:

Established: 2000.
Owners:  Gorman Family.
Winemaker:  Ralph & Eric Gorman.
Planted Acres: 5.
Varietals:  Dry and Semi Sweet Grape and Fruit Wines.

In the details:

The winery’s tasting room is housed in an 18th century dairy barn that was restored to an elegant space, while maintaining its original rustic charm, showcasing exposed wooden beams and stone walls. White Silo Farm and Winery grows and harvests grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and rhubarb which are used in our award winning wines. – CTWines.com

 

Priam Vineyards

Snapshot:

Est. 1998.
Owners: Gloria Priam.
Winemaker: Jerry Van Vort.
40 total acres; 20 planted.
European Grape varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Merlot as well as French-American hybrids: Cayuga and St. Croix.

In the details:

“Priam Vineyards benefits from the unique microclimate of the hills of New London County, where they grow and hand pick classic European varietals. The rich gravelly soil, sloping hillside and constant breeze provide the perfect climate for these varietals. The seasonally beautiful surroundings offer a number of outdoor activities throughout all seasons. Mohegan Sun Casino, Moodus Resort Area, the Goodspeed Opera House, the Spa at Norwich Inn, the Mystic Seaport, a number of state parks, including the Airline Hiking Trail are just minutes away. It’s a wonderful weekend destination for the entire family.” – CTWines.com