The Connecticut Wine Trail: First Stop

The Connecticut Wine Trail: First Stop

We recently posted about the Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries program sponsored by the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council. We discovered this great program, which offers a drawing to win a 13 day trip to Spain for visiting 16 wineries, by visiting our local winery, Gouveia Vineyards.

Gouveia Vineyards Wallingford CT

We happen to love wine, and while, like most wine drinkers, we’re familiar with names like Beringer, Kendall-Jackson, and Robert Mondavi, we thought it would be nice for our local readers (and not so local readers, too!) to get acquainted with the wineries and vineyards right here in our own backyard. The first stop on the Connecticut Wine Trail will be, appropriately enough, Gouveia Vineyards.

Established in 1999 and opened to the public in 2004, Gouveia Vineyards is located at 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road in Wallingford on 140 of the prettiest acres you’ll ever see. On a clear, sunny day, the relaxing outdoor seating gives you a 360 degree view of three counties, over 15 acres of vines carrying 13 varieties of grapes and, of course the inviting winery itself. The interior of the winery is graced by an imposing double sided stone fireplace, and the front portion was built using the post and beam method, meaning there is not a single nail used in its construction. Not one.

Their award winning wines range from the spice-tinged crispness of the Whirlwind Rose, to the velvety smoothness of their Epiphany Reserve dessert wine. The day of our visit, we partook of a bottle of their fine Stone House White, a perfect blend of Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc and Vignoles grapes expertly aged in stainless steel and oak. Sipped outside under the setting sun, it was the perfect end to the day.

Gouveia Vineyards is open year round, including most holidays. Their operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 11am – 8pm and Sundays from 11am – 6pm. Owner Joe Gouveia might even be prevailed upon to give you a tour of the wine cellar!

Next stop on the Trail: Bishop’s Orchards Winery & Farm Market

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