CT Wine Trail returns this winter, Wallingford vineyards included


WALLINGFORD – Two local wineries are gearing up to take part in the CT Winter Wine Trail which kicks off later this month.

“We’re so excited that it’s finally going to restart,” said Margaret Ruggiero-Mena, co-owner of Paradise Hills. “It brings local winemakers together and really helps support local businesses. “

The Winter Wine Trail Passport program encourages attendees to visit 12 different wineries across the state from January through April and have their passports stamped at each location. At the end, those who have visited each of the wineries are entered for a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Although it was previously announced that the start date would be January 9, the Wine Route announced on Facebook that due to the pandemic, the delivery of passports is being delayed.

“Please stay tuned for a new start date, hopefully later this month,” the post said. “Thank you for your understanding in these times of COVID. We assure you it will be worth the wait.

Locally, Paradise Hills and Gouveia Vineyards are both participants. Others include Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington and Aquila’s Nest Vineyard in Newtown.

Gouveia Vineyard’s winter hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Paradise Hills is open daily year round with indoor and outdoor seating. The hours are currently Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Being on the track is a great asset for winegrowers,” said Ruggiero-Mena. “We are coming together and doing something positive, especially in these difficult times with COVID. “

Ruggiero – Mena said being part of the trail also helps wineries during the winter, as it could encourage people to visit wineries that otherwise wouldn’t have.

“People are always looking for something to do,” she said.

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