WALLINGFORD — The cold weather on Saturday didn’t stop customers from gathering at Gouveia Vineyards for some wine tasting and mountain views.
Although wineries tend to busy during the summer, the 2022 CT Winter Wine Trail offers the opportunity for people to visit wineries during the cold months.
“The wine trail is very popular,” said Tammie Cadett, a wine server. “With the pandemic, it has been on hold. So now people are really anxious for it start up again.”
The trail kicked off on Friday and the nearby winery Paradise Hills is also participating. In the Wine Trail, participants travel to 12 different wineries throughout the state from January to April to get passports stamped for a chance to win prizes.
Heidi Jespersen, a Goshen resident has participated in the Wine Trail for five years. In the process, she has introduced friend Lauren Faeth and husband Chase Jespersen to the program.
“Doing this gets me to different places in the state,” Heidi Jespersen said. “One year I hit all 12 right before COVID started.”
Other customers weren’t participating in the program, but said they enjoyed coming to the winery on Saturday.
Caitlyn Bradley and Frazier Ashburn traveled from Massachusettes to meet Liz Gambo, who traveled from New York.
“We usually come here because it’s a good meeting point in the middle of us,” Bradley said.
Another group, celebrating a birthday, said they learned about the winery when they had previously participated in the Wine Trail.
“We had a lot of people come in on [Friday],” wine server Dawn Lopes said. “Some people already had books from other places, which is good.”
Gouveia Vineyard is open Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.