Connecticut is home to many beautiful wineries, but for a wine-tasting spot with jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery, you can’t beat Hopkins Vineyard on Lake Waramaug in New Preston.
Approaching the vineyard in the picture-perfect Litchfield Hills, you pass the lake, sparkling blue and ringed with summer cottages and a state park. Then you arrive at the vineyard, a rustic red barn atop a hill where you can taste the whites, reds, and sparkling wines made from 11 varieties of grape. Wines, accessories, and gourmet foods can be purchased in the gift shop. Visitors are free to wander and picnic in the vineyard, and guided tours explaining the wine-making process are also available.
A bit of Connecticut history is included in the experience as well: the Hopkins family, descended from a passenger on the Mayflower, have owned and farmed this land since 1787.