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Sipping your Way Through Mystic Country

Mystic Country has the distinct pleasure of being part of both Connecticut Wine Country and the Coastal Wine Trail and is home to some of the finest vineyards on the East Coast. Some might even call us the “Napa Valley of the East.” Whether you prefer red or white, rosé or frosé (frozen rosé that is!) the vineyards and wineries of Mystic Country will not disappoint.

Spring is a great time to head to the vineyards as the weather is perfect for picnicking and sipping out in the sun. Many vineyards also have covered or shaded areas, firepits and heaters if it gets a little chilly, and indoor tasting rooms. Some offer live music, special events, food trucks, and more, so be sure to check each website to plan your visit accordingly.  Another great thing about the local vineyards is that most are both kid and dog-friendly.

Driving Around

If you would like to visit multiple vineyards in one day, that’s totally doable thanks to their close proximity. You can also arrange for a limo or bus to take you around so you can fully enjoy your day. Visiting the vineyards is a great idea for a bachelor or bachelorette party, a girl’s weekend, a birthday or a family reunion. If you’re looking for transportation, try Premier Limousine or Gateway Limousine.

Finally, cap off your day with some sunset views from the lawn at Stonington Vineyards. Here you will find an indoor tasting room with an art gallery and gift shop inside, and an outdoor patio overlooking rolling hills and a sprawling lawn with vineyard views. They frequently host live music acts on the patio, as well as food trucks, and BYO-picnics are welcome.

In Ledyard, Maugle Sierra Vineyards is worth a stop for their woodland setting, including a patio and Rendezvous sitting area complete with Adirondack chairs and views for miles. Try their signature St. Croix Wine for something unique, or their popular dessert wine, Espíritu de St. Croix, for something sweet.

Just north of Ledyard, you will find lovely countryside views at the bucolic Preston Ridge Vineyard. They offer a wide variety of wine, and both indoor and outdoor space for tastings. In May, they host weekly live music and food truck events, and they also hold a popular Saturday yoga series that comes with a complimentary glass of wine. Namaste indeed!

In Colchester, you don’t want to miss a visit to the award-winning Priam Vineyards, a completely solar powered winery and sustainable vineyard tucked away in the Salmon River Watershed. This popular winery has won several awards over the years for their handcrafted wines and currently offers 15 different wines to sample and purchase. They also host several events per month including food trucks, comedy nights and a summer music series.

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