Beautiful Stonington, CT in New London County is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its more than 58 major historic buildings of the late 18th and early 19th century. Visit the old lighthouse or check out the lovely islands on a cruise from downtown Mystic seaside. Enjoy the wine tasting and tours of the gorgeous coastal Stonington, CT vineyards.
523 Taugwonk Road
Stonington, CT 06378
Take at least one hour from your cozy Stonington Inn to visit the breathtaking Stonington Vineyards. If you're celebrating a wedding anniversary, you will definitely want to stop here for the romantic atmosphere and the fabulous wine. The location by the Atlantic Ocean creates a maritime microclimate resembling Bordeaux, contributing to the longer and cooler growing of the grapes and its amazing taste. This winery is known for its outstanding Chardonnays, Seaport White and Triad Rose, also specializing in Reisling, Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Stonington Vineyards has won several awards throughout the years for its European-style wine. In 2011, you can taste samples of six different types of wines for $10. Wines can be bought by the case with the option to order custom-made wine baskets. The tasting room is open every day of the week on May 1st to November 30th, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. In the wintertime, you can taste the wine from December 1st to April 30th, from noon until 4:00 p.m.. Learn how the wine is made with daily winery tours at 2:00 p.m. The tour usually lasts about 30 minutes at no cost, so it's well worth the time.
Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Main Road
North Stonington, CT
The Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington rests at the top of a gorgeous 48-acre property overlooking Long Island South and the Connecticut shoreline. At this winery, you will be able to enjoy two different lines of delicious tasting wine, the creation of his Napa Valley California wine and Connecticut wines. Jonathan Edwards creates a new ruby port every year, only available for purchase at the winery itself. The Connecticut wines often include Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. The owners welcome you to bring a picnic along or choose from their tasty a la carte menu. Taste their incredible wines, enjoy the winery tour or relax in the tasting room with its rustic stone fireplace, close to your Stonington Bed and Breakfast. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wine tours are normally at 3:00 p.m.
Clyde's Cider Mill
129 N Stonington Road
This steam-powered cider mill received the "National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark" award. It offers fantastic apple wines and cider. It's fun because they often have live bands playing. You can find handmade jams and jellies, and freshly made delicious warm donuts. Children and adults alike enjoy their time at Clyde's Cider Mill, as there is often free apple cider making demonstrations run by the steam engine.