How to Celebrate National Wine Day in Connecticut

Mark Beyerly and Sandy Stock sample fruit wines at The White Silo Farm and Winery in Sherman, Conn., Saturday, July 1, 2006. White Silo Farm and Winery isn't very big or elaborate. There's no 300-gallon fermentation bins, no oak barrels for aging, no fancy corking or bottling machinery. In fact, there are no grapes. Not one single grape. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)

(WTNH) — Salute! Prost! Na zdrowie! Cheers! No matter how you say it, today is National Wine Day, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate here in Connecticut.

Connecticut boasts 35 licensed wineries in the state. By law, all of those wineries are required to use at least 25% or more of locally grown grapes or other fruit in their vino. However, certain wineries can boast the “Connecticut Grown” designation by documenting that they use 51% or more of locally grown fruit.

Most of the wineries in the state take part in the Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries Program. The program, offered by the Connecticut Farm Winery Development Council, allows visitors to earn a chance to win prizes while supporting local businesses and farms. Visitors only have to visit 16 of the 34 wineries taking part this year.

What better way to kick off National Wine Day than by making a stop or two (or maybe three?) after work to some of those wineries and celebrating responsibly?

WINERIES IN NEW HAVEN COUNTY:

WINERIES IN NEW LONDON COUNTY:

WINERIES IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY:

For a full list of the wineries throughout the state, their hours, and the accommodations they offer, visit the Department of Agriculture’s Connecticut Farm Wineries and Vineyards website.

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