Dining at Connecticut's Vineyards Last Updated 9/16

Most wineries welcome picnics, and many offer bites to enhance the tasting experience, such as cheese, bread and chocolate. Others have snacks for sale in a market setting, like locally made cheeses, breads, jams, baked goods and meats. But a few vineyards along the Connecticut Wine Trail also offer richer dining experiences on site or nearby, with chef-inspired menus that require reservations, often weeks in advance. Here a few of the wonderful fine dining options close to the heart of Connecticut’s vineyards.

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The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards, Clinton

This casual, French-inspired bistro offers a memorable dining experience, with a menu of French and American dishes made with seasonal ingredients locally sourced from Connecticut farms. The space is intimate with vineyard views, but be sure to make reservations.

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The Hopkins Inn, Warren

Just down the road from the Hopkins Vineyard and overlooking scenic Lake Waramaug, the Hopkins Inn features an award-winning restaurant specializing in Austrian cuisine, complemented by an extensive wine cellar. 

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Sharpe Hill Vineyards & Fireside Tavern, Pomfret

The Fireside Tavern at Sharpe Hill Vineyards, available by reservation only, offers a wine & food experience. Their Creole Shrimp entrée was even included as one of Connecticut Magazine’s “Fifty Dishes to Try Before You Die.”

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The Library Wine Bar & Bistro, Wallingford

The family owners of popular Gouveia Vineyards have opened this restaurant just a short drive from the vineyards. The Library Wine Bar & Bistro serves Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as specialties including tapas and paella, in the lovingly restored 1899 town library building.

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The Harvest Kitchen at Jones Winery, Shelton

Looking for a unique winery dining experience? At Jones Winery, their Harvest Kitchen Farm-to-Table Cooking Studio offers popular “Sip & Savor” cooking classes where you can learn to pair different types of food with wine.