Friday Fun-Day: All About Vineyards!

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For all of our fellow wine-o’s and wine lovers out there, today we’re talking about some of our absolute favorite vineyards & wineries in Connecticut! There’s SO many amazing wineries on the shore in Connecticut that are well known, but there’s also a few smaller amazing spots all over the state that we adore.  Wineries are perfect for a date-day or a little day out with some of your girlfriends, especially because you can pack up and bring your own apps to enjoy with a bottle of wine you can buy from the winery! (such as assortments of cheeses, spreads and crackers – which is one of our favorite things to bring on our date days to wineries! What’s better than cheese and crackers at a winery?!)

Not only are wineries perfect for day trips, but they’re also the best place to celebrate any event! Birthdays, anniversaries, engagement portraits, bachelorette parties, showers, weddings?! We’ve had hand fulls of fall weddings at wineries, and they never disappoint! Here are some of our favorite wineries for your event or get together, whatever it may be!

Arrigoni Winery

Portland, CT

Link to website! – Arrigoni Winery

At Arrigoni Winery, they have a special going that if you taste 5 of their wines, you receive a free Arrigoni wine glass! After your tasting, the winery has an outdoor patio, indoor seating area, a covered pavilion as well as a picnic area alongside the vineyard where you can relax with a bottle of their own wine – bought inside their wine shop!

Jones Winery

Shelton, CT (also a family farm)

Link to website! – Jones Winery

Not only is Jones Winery an amazing place to taste some delicious homemade wines, but they are also a full functioning family farm! Enjoy hay rides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and tons of other family fall activities that they have to offer!

As for their wine tastings and vineyards, they offer tastings throughout the week for $8.50 (plus tax), which includes six tastings of wine as well as a Jones Winery wine glass!

Although they don’t rent out the facility for private events, if you have a group of 8+ people, visit their group tastings page and get more information on how to make a reservation!

Gouveia Vineyards

Wallingford, CT

Link to website! – Gouveia Vineyards

Wine tastings are $10.00 and you’re able to sample 4 pre-selected wines and then of our your choice! In addition to the wine tasting, it also includes Gouveia Vineyards signature wine glass for you to keep after your visit! You can also get a tour of their wine cellars on the Saturday and Sundays!

Although Gouveia Vineyards doesn’t do weddings, its the perfect spot for a day out!

Jonathan Edwards

North Stonington, CT 

Link to website! – Jonathan Edwards Winery

Jonathan Edwards Winery offers a complementary tour of the winery daily, starting at noon! For the wine tastings, you can either sample 4 different wines for $10.00, or 7 wines for $15.00  In addition, if you have a group of 8+ people, you can call ahead and make a reservation for a tasting!

Happy wine-ing! 

xoxo – 5 Diamond Photography