Heritage Trail Vineyard
|Heritage Trail is the youngest and smallest winery in Connecticut, located in gorgeous eastern Connecticut. If you're heading to the casinos for some fun, it's only a hop skip and jump away! We were met by the owner, Diane Powell, PhD, who was inviting and gracious. The shop area was stunning, with large windows overlooking their gardens, fountain and pond.|
Once finished choosing interesting tshirts and glasses to bring home, we went up to the bar to do the tasting. She started us off with the Chardonnay, which is grown on site. Diane explained that it is very difficult to get Chardonnay to grow this far north, but that she perseveres each year. It goes through malolactic fermentation to get a rich, buttery flavor. We found it light and fresh, a lovely summer white wine.
|The Quinebaug White is a blend of Vignoles, Cayuga and Horizon. If you've not heard of Horizon, you're not alone - Heritage got the last 300 vines from the NY research station! It grows very well in Connecticut. This is a spicy, light white with a great finish, perfect with fish or salads.|
Next we went for the Shetucket Red, a blend of two blends! The first is GR7, a hybrid of Buffalo and Baco Noir red grapes. The second is NY17, another red hybrid. The result is a great cherry flavor, and rich, full flavors. This was my personal favorite, and would go wonderfully with meat or rich pasta dishes.
|The Cabernet Franc is actually 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. It goes through malolactic fermentation and is aged in French oak. It is a good, light wine, with berry flavors. It would be good with pork or light meats.|
The final wine was the Sweet Reserve, created from Vignoles, a white grape. While this has 6% residual sugar, it is not really sweet at all - its light, crisp pineapple flavors are delicate and would work wonders as an aperitif with cheese.
Heritage Trail opens their grounds for weddings and special events, and is a lovely drive during fall foliage season. If you find yourself in Eastern Connecticut, be sure to stop by for a taste!
Visited in October 2000
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