So we decided to follow the Connecticut Wine Trail this year, after the good time we had at Gouveia Vineyards. This time we headed up to Chamard Vineyards in Clinton to have our passports stamped and taste some of their local vintages.
Reading up on the vineyard before heading out, I found interesting that the vineyard was owned by a researcher with an interest in genetics, particularly sequencing of the genome. Originally starting as a 5 acre vineyard it currently has 20 acres of vines growing.
Just like Gouveia, we drove by rows of grape vines on our way up to the stone house where we samples five different wines from their locally made selections. Once parked, the distance grape vines overlooking the water fountain caught my eye. Their website made mention of weddings hosted there and I could see the allure of a vineyard wedding.
Inside, I found the stone house very elegant and the staff very pleasant and accommodating. We sampled our five wine selections as well as a Sangria that the bartender just brewed before purchasing our favorite wine for our growing collection. The Sangria left me wanting more, so needless to say we stopped on the way home to pick up a few ingredients and made a quick batch to enjoy outside on the deck.
While I was disappointed when I read the sign stating “no outside food beyond this point”, I did find Chamard to be a beautiful place to visit with an elegant vibe for more adult oriented get-togethers.