While it's more fun to go to wineries in the summer and sip wine while overlooking the vinyards, some wineries are open year-around for tastings and tours. There are two Winter Wine Trails in Connecticut that offer passport programs - get your passports stamped and you can enter them in drawings for prizes.
Although the deadline is the end of this month, you should be able to complete the passport for the CT Coast & County Winter Wine Trail 2014 because it includes only three vinyards: Paradise Hills Vineyard, Gouveia Vineyards, and Bishop’s Orchards Winery. You can pick up the passport at any of the three and return it by April 11th - or simply leave it at the third one to stamp the passport.
Although this is the shorter trail, it offers more prizes for a completed passport, including a two-might stay with Brunch included at Water’s Edge Resort (Westbrook, CT); a $250 Gift Certificate to J. Christians’ (Wallingford, CT); a $200 Gift Certificate to Gaetano’s Tavern (Wallingford, CT); a two-night stay at Baymont Inn & Suites (Branford, CT); a Peace & Tranquility Package at Serenity Salon and Day Spa (Wallingford, CT); or a $100 Gift Certificate to Fratelli Pizza Rustica (Wallingford, CT). Six winners will each receive two bottles of Connecticut Wine.
The bigger trail is the Litchfield Hills Winter Wine Trail with six wineries but a smaller number of prizes for those who enter. Even if you don't get your passport (available at any winery) stamped, you certainly can enjoy Connecticut wines. The participating wineries for Litchfield Winter Wine Trail 2013-2014 season are:
- DiGrazia Vineyards (Brookfield, CT)
- Haight-Brown Vineyard (Litchfield, CT)
- Hopkins Vineyard (New Preston, CT)
- Jerram Winery (New Hartford, CT)
- Miranda Vineyard (Goshen, CT)
- Sunset Meadow Vineyards (Goshen, CT)
The prizes this year include an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, CT (First Prize); a five hour, 6 passenger limousine tour to Litchfield County wineries (Second Prize, compliments of Gateway Limousine); and two tickets to a concert at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Norfolk, CT (Third Prize).
Please read the rules for each Wine Trail, including that you must be 21 years of age to participate and enter.