Haight-Brown Vineyard

Ariella grape-stomping at Haight-Brown Vineyard


The tasting room includes a custom built wine bar for conducting wine tastings guided by the knowledge of our educated and friendly staff, an upstairs patio and downstairs terrace for sipping wine on lazy summer days, and two stone fireplaces for lingering during chilly ones. There is also a picnic grove for enjoying your own food with Haight-Brown wines, a cheese nook and retail area as well as several private rooms (Vine Room, Cask Room, etc) for a more intimate tasting or private party affair.

Location Description

Haight-Brown Vineyard resides on eight pastoral acres atop historic Chestnut Hill.


  • Connecticut's first established winery.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 18.00


Growing up in Cape Town, Jacques van der Vyver's introduction to the wine industry did not start with glass of wine, but rather from accompanying his father to site meetings associated with the construction of some of South Africa’s top wineries back in the early 1990's. “I have fond memories of running between tanks and getting rides on the forklift at Flagstone Winery, when still situated at the V&A Waterfront." This is what led Jacques to pursue a career in winemaking. Jacques has a degree in viticulture and oenology, the study of vineyard management and winemaking respectively, from the University of Stellenbosch.

After graduating from Elsenburg near Stellenbosch, Jacques completed his first vintage at Flagstone then Jordan Estate, Tokara Estate, Boordy Vineyards in Baltimore, MD, Steenberg Vineyards, Joostenberg and Waterkloof Winery. Since then he has decided to accept an opportunity at HBV and a chance to work again in the United States – the East Coast.

In his spare time, Jacques enjoys surfing, hiking, fishing and a good braai (barbeque) with friends.

Jacques is participating regularly in cellar tours and will be hosting occasional winemaker dinners. We are delighted with his arrival – please stop by and welcome Jacques to HBV and to Litchfield.


Haight-Brown Vineyard takes great pride in being part of the Connecticut wine industry. In 1975, Sherman Haight established Haight Vineyard Inc. as the first vineyard in Connecticut to successfully produce fine wine grapes (Chardonnay and Riesling). In 1976, Sherman contracted an architect to build a large Tudor style winery on top of Chestnut Hill in Litchfield. Sherman petitioned the state to create legislation recognizing farm wineries in Connecticut and as a result, the structure and the surrounding vineyards became Haight Vineyard, the first vineyard to have an established winery in the state of Connecticut.

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Amy Senew and Courtney Brown purchased Haight Vineyards from Sherman Haight promising to uphold the tradition he had started over thirty years before. The Browns renamed the winery Haight-Brown Vineyard in attempt to preserve Sherman's legacy while at the same time associating a new name and a fresh start with the winery.

Haight-Brown Vineyard owns and leases over twenty acres for its winery and vineyards. The vineyard grows vinifera and hybrids including Chardonnay, Chardonelle, Marechal Foch, Dechaunoc, Marquette, and Seyval Blanc. Its current growing capacity has the ability to produce yields upwards of thirty-five tons annually.

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OPERATION OF HOURS: Thurs:12:00–17:00 Fri - Sat:12:00–18:00 Sun:12:00–17:00


29 Chestnut Hill Rd
Litchfield, Connecticut 06759
United States

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