DOAG: Passport Program Showcases, Promotes CT’s Farm Wineries

This article appeared in the March 12, 2014 edition of the Ag Report.


 

Passport Program Showcases, Promotes CT’s Farm Wineries

By Steve Jensen, Office of DoAg Cmsr. Steven K. Reviczky

 

One sure sign of summer approaching is the arrival of DoAg’s blue Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries booklets in tasting rooms all over the state.

 

Entering its tenth season, the Passport has become a staple for attracting customers to the state’s 32 farm wineries by encouraging them to collect as many “stamps” as possible to qualify for prize drawings. 

 

“People have been asking for them for weeks,” Patty Baillargeon said as she stamped a customer’s booklet at Hopkins Vineyard in Warren. “They get excited for it because it means the start of the warm weather and getting out and taking day trips to wineries and other places they might not otherwise visit.”

 

Jamie Jones of Jones Winery in Shelton said he typically distributes about 3,000 of the passports during the season.  

 

“It definitely helps bring in people from out of state and from the other end of the state,” Jones said. “We’re very fortunate to have this program as a partner in promoting what we do here.”

 

People who stop at the wineries also tend to go to shops and restaurants and other attractions in the area.

 

“It has economic benefit beyond just the farm winery,” Jones said.

 

The program was created in 2004 and has been supported by a USDA Specialty Crop Grant administered by DoAg and by funding from the Community Investment Act. The CT Farm Wine Development Council has partnered with the CT Vineyard and Winery Association to advance the program, and DoAg’s marketing efforts have steadily increased participation. 

 

DoAg Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky serves as Chairman of the wine council.

 

“I think the Passport has been very successful in highlighting the diversity of what each of our unique farm wineries have to offer,” Reviczky said. “It’s a great way to bring attention to this industry and to encourage visitors to make these wineries a destination.”

 

Part of the attraction of the program also is the chance to win prizes, including two 14-day trips for two to Spain, where the winners will stay at the Benalmadena Palace in Malagna.

 

 

 

One grand prize drawing will be held for those who visit 16 wineries in the book, and a second will be held for those who visit all 32 wineries and the CT Wine Festivals in July and September.

 

Other prizes include a limousine tour of eight wineries for eight people, overnight stays at selected hotels in Connecticut, and certificates for two bottles of wine from one of the state wineries.

         

More information is available at CTGrown.gov or by emailing CTWinePassport.ct.gov, where customers are also welcome to provide feedback on their    experiences at the wineries. Below is a list of all participating wineries. 

 

NEW LONDON COUNTY

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

6 Amos Road, Preston

 

Holmberg Orchard and Winery

12 Orchard Drive, Gales Ferry

860-464-7305

 

Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Maine Rd, North Stonington
860-535-0202

Maugle Sierra Vineyards

825 - 827 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard

860-464-2987

 

Preston Ridge Vineyard

100 Miller Road, Preston

860-383-4278

 

Priam Vineyards
11 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester
860-267-8520

 

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

349 Elm ST, Stonington

860-415-9072

 

Stonington Vineyards
523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington
860-535-1222

 

HARTFORD COUNTY

Lost Acres Vineyard
80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby
860-324-9481

Rosedale Farms/Rosedale Vineyards. LLC

25 E. Weatogue Street, Simsbury

860-651-3926

 

 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Arrigoni Winery
1287 Portland-Cobalt Road (Rte. 66), Portland
860-342-1999

 

Chamard Vineyards

115 Cow Hill Rd, Clinton
860-664-0299
 

 

NEW HAVEN COUNTY

Bishop's Orchards

1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford,
866-2-BISHOP
 

Gouveia Vineyards

1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, Wallingford

203-265-5526

 

Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery

15 Wind Swept Hill Road, Wallingford

203-284-0123

 

Savino Vineyards
128 Ford Rd, Woodbridge
203-387-2050

 

 

TOLLAND COUNTY

Cassidy Hill Vineyard
454 Cassidy Hill Road, Coventry
860-498-1126
 

 

WINDHAM COUNTY

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

108 Wade Road, Pomfret

860-974-3549

 

Taylor Brooke Winery

848 Rte. 171, Woodstock

860-974-1263

 

 

 

LITCHFIELD COUNTY

Bethlehem Vineyard and Winery

46 Town Line Road, Bethlehem

203-266-5024

Connecticut Valley Winery LLC.
1480 Litchfield Tpke, New Hartford,
860-489-9463 (WINE)

Haight-Brown Vineyard, Inc.
29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield
860-567-4045

Hopkins Vineyard, LLC

25 Hopkins Road, New Preston

(860) 868-7954

 

Jerram Winery

535 Town Hill Road, New Hartford
860-379-8749
 

Land of Nod Farm & Winery
99 Lower Road, East Canaan
860-824-5225

 

Miranda Vineyard

42 Ives Road, Goshen

860-491-9906

 

Sunset Meadow Vineyards

599 Old Middle Street, Goshen

860-201-4654

 

Walker Road Vineyards

11 Walker Road, Woodbury

203-263-0768

 

 

FAIRFIELD COUNTY

Digrazia Vineyard
131 Tower Rd, Brookfield,
203-775-1616

 

Jones Winery
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton
203-929-8425

 

McLaughlin Vineyards
14 Albert's Hill Road, Sandy Hook
203-426-1533

White Silo Farm & Winery 
32 Route 37 East, Sherman
860-355-0271

 

 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Arrigoni Winery
1287 Portland-Cobalt Road (Rte. 66), Portland
860-342-1999


Chamard Vineyards

115 Cow Hill Rd, Clinton
860-664-0299