An autumn pleasure to explore nearby is the local vineyard, with about a dozen options within a half-hour drive. We’ll take you on a tour of three local favorites. Grab your picnic basket and buckle up for a delicious adventure.
Lost Acres Vineyard, off the beaten path in North Granby, CT, is home to beautiful gardens, with horses in the adjacent fields. On the expansive lawn, you can claim a table or bring your own setup. Dogs are welcome at this location.
The tasting room offers over a dozen wines. Here you will find familiar varietals, or explore the vineyard’s custom options, including Firehouse Red, a peppery wine with a hint of blackberry flavor, and the dry Wedge White. The winery grows six varieties of white grapes on five acres of its property. The farm kitchen offers cheese and antipasto pairings; local food vendors also prepare fresh food on site.
Lost Acres’s owners Michelle Niedermeyer and Kevin Riggott place a high value on incorporating the arts into their vineyard. With a rotating art show in the tasting room, “We’ve found a niche in supporting the arts,” says Michelle. Dancers and local musicians also have a venue at Lost Acres, with a rich offering of performances scheduled through the end of the year.
Lost Acres runs holiday farmers markets for Thanksgiving and Christmas, offering locally produced vegetables, meats, and dairy products. “When we started, we concluded that you’re either a farm or a bar. We definitely wanted to lean into the farming side of it,” notes Michelle. Visit www.lostacresvineyard.com.
Your next stop should be Worthington Vineyards and Winery in Somers, CT. Worthington is located in a sprawling park setting, with hills, ponds, and trees. Sean Bray, director of promotions and marketing for Worthington, encourages visitors to explore the expansive gardens and grounds year round; bocce, cornhole, trails, fishing, boating, and cross-country skiing can all be enjoyed at Worthington Pond Farm.
The tasting room is cozy and rustic, located in the winery’s warming house, where a wood fireplace provides warmth and atmosphere. Other gathering spaces include five patio areas and the covered bridge. The warming house, covered bridge, and sugar shack buildings were built using wood harvested from the property.
Worthington’s menu includes three seasonal flavors of wine slushies and two of sangria in spring, summer, and fall, along with three reds and two whites. In winter, they offer mulled wine and two sangrias. The winery is currently importing grapes from out of state to supplement their own. “We are coming out very soon with our first estate wine — a Chambourcin — a red hybrid that grows well in the north,” says Sean. To accompany the wine, plan to bring your own picnic or purchase a charcuterie box or cheese and cracker assortment. Worthington opens at noon on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Winter hours will vary; visit worthingtonpondfarm.com.
Finally, wrap up your day at Brignole Vineyard in East Granby, CT. Brignole is known for its spacious tasting room and range of events, including craft workshops, wine and food pairings, trivia nights, and car shows. The semi-private deck space can host up to 12 people. You can hold a special event, such as a shower or corporate gathering, in the winery’s elegant second-floor space. On October 13 and 14, Brignole will host its Harvest Fest Market, a free event featuring local artisan crafts and goods.
Brignole offers over two dozen wines, all made on site, including its Barrel Reserve and Owners Reserve Series, all aged in different styles of oak. The winery hosts live music and food trucks on the weekends and is open through the winter. The website is www.brignolevineyards.com.
Brignole Vineyard's Barrel Reserve and Owners Reserve Series are all aged in different styles of oak.