Growing Grapes in Connecticut

Connecticut has a small grape growing and wine production industry, with a total of 18 wineries established since the Connecticut Winery Act was approved in 1978. The region has a variety of micro-climates, resulting in different Connecticut grape wines. The coastal lowlands in the western part of the region near Long Island Sound and the Central Valley near the Connecticut River are the warmest parts of the state. Growers in these areas produce premium wine grapes like Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Reisling. The highlands in the western and eastern parts of Connecticut are relatively cooler parts and more suited to French-American hybrids such as Seyval Blanc and Marechal Foch.

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