CT Wine Festival Offers Tastings, Education and Entertainment

The 6th Annual Connecticut Wine Festival

Goshen Fairgrounds

Saturday, July 26 from 12 noon until 7 pm

Sunday, July 27 from 12 noon until 6 pm

$25 per person in advance/$30 at the door

$10 per person under 21 and designated drivers

By popular demand the Connecticut Wine Festival returns for a sixth year at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Litchfield County. The Festival features traditional and specialty wines from a wide variety of local vintners, making it one of the “must attend” events of the summer.  The Festival also features wine classes, specialty food vendors, artisan crafts, and a variety of live musical entertainment.

Renée Allen, Director of the Wine Institute of New England, will be conducting a free wine appreciation seminar at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 26th.  Renée, a Certified Specialist of Wine, will cover wine tasting techniques and varietal information, and will debunk some common wine myths.

This popular event attracts visitors from all over the state looking to discover CT wines.

“The Connecticut Wine Festival is a great place to come and enjoy the day, taste some local wines, taste some great food, and relax,” said Sherrie Palmer, the festival director. “Cases of wine will also be available at a discount, so guests can easily make back the price of admission in great savings.”

“From international gold medals to ‘people’s choice’ and ‘Best in Show’ awards, Connecticut wines continue to win fans and impress connoisseurs from around the world,” said George Motel, Festival Chairman and owner of Sunset Meadow Vineyards.  “The Connecticut Wine Festival is a true showcase for introducing wine lovers to much of our state’s home-grown offerings.  We look forward to another record year.”

The specialty food vendors are primarily members of the Connecticut Specialty Food Association, an association of CT-based food manufacturers that is part of the Connecticut Food Association. Adams Hometown Market, a Platinum Sponsor of the Festival, will also sell advance tickets at its stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Daily admission to the CT Wine Festival is $25 in advance, available through July 20th at any participating CVWA winery, online, or by phone, and $30 at the door.  These tickets include free wine tastings, a commemorative festival wine glass (for the tastings) and a tote bag.  Guests under 21 and Designated Drivers can attend for a reduced admission price of $10.  Photo ID with proof of age is required for the wine tasting.  Hours for the Festival are 12:00 Noon to 7:00 PM, Saturday, July 26; and 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM Sunday, July 27.  More information and a complete list of participating wineries can be found at www.ctwine.com.

The Festival is sponsored by the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association (CVWA) and presented by the CT Wine Trail. Festival proceeds are used to promote the CVWA Wine Trail and the Connecticut wine industry.  The CT Wine Trail, a state approved winery and vineyard awareness program, features trails that wind their ways through some of the most scenic and historic regions of Connecticut.

For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.ctwine.com.  You can also email info@ctwine.com or call (860) 677-5467.

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