Local Holiday Wine Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us and even though things may not be completely normal this year, we are all still looking for thoughtful and festive gifts for our loved ones. I know this has been a tough year for everyone, especially small businesses, so this is a great opportunity to show our support to them by shopping local for the holidays.

That being said, this is meant to be a guide to highlight the local wineries in CT that offer some unique and fun gift options. Wine makes an amazing gift, especially in 2020 when we could all use more wine in our lives! This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are many more CT wineries that offer wine bottles for purchase, which make perfect gifts by themselves; I just wanted to share a few of my favorite gift ideas in addition to information about where you can purchase them. Here it is!

*side note: I am not being sponsored by any of these wineries, this is all objective information I acquired first-hand from tasting experiences and the wineries' social media pages/websites*

Aquila's Nest Vineyards-Newtown, CT

Aquila's Nest is one of Connecticut's newest vineyards and offers delicious wine. My favorite is their Queen of Illyria red blend, which features the combination of Syrah and Malbec (my two favorite reds!). Aquila's Nest is offering holiday gift packages that include wine and snacks from one of their local partners, BD Provisions. They also offer beautiful boxes and gift bags that can be used to showcase their wine, making a bottle of wine feel like a complete gift. Please see below for pictures of their offerings. You can pick up any of these gifts at the winery, located at 56 Pole Bridge Rd, Newtown. Click the above link for hours and more details!

*All above pictures are credited to the winery*

Hawk Ridge Winery-Watertown, CT

Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown is a beautiful spot to visit and they offer a unique wine gift option, that I have never seen before: sparkling wine (I don't mean sparkling, like bubbles, I mean sparkling, like glitter)! It is all edible/drinkable and really, what else needs to be said about these beauties??? They look spectacular and are a super fun gift for any wine or sparkle lover. Hawk Ridge also offers other unique wine options, such as carbonated wine and all of the wines I have tasted at the winery have been superb. They do recommended, if you want to get your hands on the glittery wine, to email the winery and order in advance, as they sometimes run out of supplies. The email address is You can pick up the wine at the winery located at 28 Plungis Rd., Watertown. Click the above link for hours and more details!

*Above picture is credited to the winery*

Sunset Meadow Vineyards-Goshen, CT

Sunset Meadow offers a few different gift options, and again, they really do have amazing wine. They offer chocolate covered wine bottles (with wine in them, of course), which is really two fun gifts in one. They also have 4 packs of mini wine bottles, which is something I haven't seen at any other local winery, and gift cards. This vineyard offers two sparkling wines (the kind with bubbles, not glitter) that are delicious and make great gifts as well. The winery is located at 599 Old Middle St., Goshen. Click the above link for hours and more details!

*Above pictures are credited to the winery*

Rose Vineyards and Winery-North Branford, CT

Rose Vineyards and Winery is offering customizable wine gift boxes this holiday season. Their winery is relatively new in CT, so if you haven't been there yet, it is definitely work checking out. The winery itself is beautiful, they have a yummy food menu, and of course, delicious wine. When you walk into the winery, they also have a table full of fun wine-related gifts for purchase, in addition to the holiday gift boxes. They are located at 2 Valley Rd., North Branford. Click the above link for hours and more details!

*Above picture is credited to the winery*

Gouveia Vineyards-Wallingford, CT

If you have ever been to Gouveia, you know that the views from the back of the winery are breath-taking. If you stop by, even just to pick up a gift, it is definitely worth a second look. While you are there, you can pick up some wine gift baskets they are offering during the holiday season. The vineyard is located at 1339 Whirlwind Hill Rd., Wallingford. Click the above link for hours and more details!

*Above picture is credited to the winery*

Chamard Vineyards-Clinton, CT

Chamard has some of my favorite wine in the state and they have an amazing French inspired bistro that has fantastic food; right now, the food is only for take-out, but if you are going there to pickup some gift wine anyway, you might want to give it a try! For the holidays, Chamard is offering gift wrapped wine bottles that look beautiful. Definitely give their Malbec a try, you will not be disappointed. They also have gift cards for purchase. The winery is located at 115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton. Click the above link for hours and more details!

*Above picture is credited to the winery*

R Dee Winery-Enfield, CT

R Dee is a winery attached to Powder Hollow Brewery, so its a good one-stop shop for both the wine and beer lovers in your life! They offer bottles of their wines for sale and they also partner with many local businesses, so they have vendors on site on weekends during the holiday season that also sell fun gifts, such as cookies and cake pops. Check out their facebook and instagram pages for updated information on which vendors will be on site. They are located at 504 Hazard Ave., Enfield. Click the above links for hours and more details!