Hopkins Vineyard

About

The Hopkins family believes that great wines begin in the vineyard. We take the utmost care in growing our own grapes and producing award-winning whites, reds and sparkling wines. Our wines are produced in small handcrafted batches from premium estate grown grapes. Enjoy our fine wines and pair them with our recipe ideas.

Location Description

We're a heritage farm set in the scenic hills of Litchfield County overlooking Lake Waramaug.

Features

  • Connecticut's first winery-established wine bar.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 20

Winemaker

Jim Baker

“I’m proud of the work we do in the vineyard. I’m proud that other winemakers come here and are impressed with how well our fruit looks, and want to buy our grapes. I’m proud when people come here and enjoy thewine. I like to see people smile. I enjoy producing a product that people enjoy.”

History

1620
The Hopkins Family is descendant of Stephen Hopkins, a passenger on the Mayflower voyage.

1787
Elijah Hopkins purchased the Hopkins Farm in 1787 after returning from the revolutionary war.

1956
William L Hopkins took over the running of the family dairy farm in 1956.

1978
Connecticut State Legislation passed the Farm Winery Act in 1978.

The Team

Hilary Hopkins Criollo - President

“Come for our views, our wines and most of all – our hospitality. We have visitors from all over the world who have heard about us through guidebooks, so chances are you’ll find someone interesting here. Our barrel tasting events have become a big local tradition – great food, great music, great wines – and great people. We have a wonderful, friendly staff. We’ve discovered over time – if we’re not having fun, then our guests might not be having fun. So, we all just have fun.”

Bill Hopkins - Founder

“If you’re going to sell wine, you really have to grow your own fruit. You build on your vines from year to year. If you don’t grow your own grapes, you can’t really be sure about what you’re getting. It can vary so much. We know our soils and our climate and we know our varieties. It makes for a better wine.”

Judith Hopkins - Co-Founder

“People thought we were a little crazy when we transformed our dairy farm into a vineyard almost 35 years ago. But we wanted to stay together as a family, work together as a family, and we wanted to keep the family farm going for future generations. We thought this was the way to do it. And, we’ve achieved what we set out to do. The family is together, the farm is still here, and we’ve created a wonderful legacy business that turned out to be very fulfilling.”

Patty Baillargeon - Event Manager

From small get-togethers, birthdays, anniversaries to grand gatherings to celebrate a wedding among the vines; at Hopkins we provide a space for all your milestones in life and I am so very pleased and proud to be part of this. You will have a wonderful experience when you surrender to your creative side with events like “Vino and Paint Classes” taught by me! This is why I love working at Hopkins because not only do I work on the business side but also get to share my artistic passion creating everlasting blue skies, a mural I painted in the Hayloft Wine Bar. Hopkins Vineyard is a place where memories begin and last a lifetime.

Kevin Caputo - Highland Wine Club Manager

The Hopkins Vineyard Experience begins from the moment a guest arrives with a warm welcome. I enjoy educating each guest about our 11 varieties of estate grown grapes. With every wine conversation, I feel each person will have more knowledge about our winemaking before they leave. Whether you are a Connecticut resident or world traveler, when you sample our wines with me, you will feel part of our heritage that is very important to all of us here, an experience well worth a visit to the Litchfield Hills.

Heather Cowette - Store Manager

To me, the Hopkins Vineyard is like an oasis, a place not too far from home. As I walk through the barn doors I feel as I am part of this home grown family. My drive to work allows me to enjoy each season, of hillsides with views of lush greenery in the spring, to the vibrant reds and burnt orange shades of fall that surround Lake Waramaug. I love to share the Hopkins Wine Experience and my artistic creative spirit as I make new friends.

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Hours

January & February: Friday & Saturday 10:00 am — 5:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm March & April: Wednesday — Friday 10:00 am — 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am — 6:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am — 6:00 pm May — October: Monday — Friday 10:00 am — 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am — 7:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am — 6:00 pm November — December: Monday — Friday 10:00 am — 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am — 6:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm

Address

25 Hopkins Rd
New Preston, Connecticut 06777
United States

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