Connecticut Wineries Throw Out the Welcome Mat

Connecticut Wineries Throw Out the Welcome Mat

I don’t mind telling you that we are what you might call “wine aficionados”. We both lived in Germany for quite some time and fell in love with German Rieslings, but any good glass of wine with a meal is always a pleasure.WinePassport

Recently, we took an afternoon and went to Wallingford’s local winery, Gouveia Vineyards to relax, enjoy the view and a bottle of their Stone House White. While there, we became aware of a great program that people  can take part in to become familiar with Connecticut’s wineries. It’s called the Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries sponsored by the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council.

The way the program works is you pick up one of the passports (pictured at right) at one of the 30 participating wineries, and then each time you visit one of them you get a stamp in the passport. Once you’ve acquired 16 stamps you can drop the passport off at any winery and you’ll be entered into a drawing for some great prizes:

First Prize – January 30-February 12, 2011. 13-night stay (one room, double occupancy) at the Benalmadena Palace, Benalmadena Costa, Spain. A four star property with amazing views of the Mediteranean Sea. Roundtrip airfare for two (2) included. Transportation to and from the airport not included.

Second Prize – February 13-26, 2011. 13-night stay (one room, double occupancy) at the Benalmadena Palace, Benalmadena Costa, Spain. A four star property with amazing views of the Mediteranean Sea. Roundtrip airfare for two (2) included. Transportation to and from the airport not included.

Additional Prizes – 15 Weekend Get-Aways A weekend get-away, two nights, one room double occupancy, at the Courtyard by Marriott Norwich, Norwich, CT. One passport will be selected for each of the 15 weekends.

wineglasses The drawing will be held on December 9, 2010. The winner does not have to be present, they will be notified via phone or email. First and second place trips MUST be taken on the listed dates; all remaining trips are based on availability, have no cash value nor are they transferable, and are valid for one year after the award date.

We’ve managed to visit three of the wineries on the list: Gouveia Vineyards, Bishop’s Orchards Winery, and Priam Vineyards, and all have been well worth the trip. We’re planning on doing a post about each winery we visit to pass along our impressions and opinions.

So, if you’re a wine lover and looking for something to do on a lazy weekend afternoon, drop by one of Connecticut’s farm wineries, pick up your passport and prepare to taste some seriously good wine! You just might see us there, too!

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