Passport wine program goes virtual

Passport wine program goes virtual

A winery trail program will be going virtual after being canceled last year due to technical difficulties.

For Passport to CT Farm Wine, people travel to designated wineries and collect stamps from each. Anyone who obtains between 16 to 30 stamps becomes eligible for prizes donated by the wineries.

Although there were plans to continue the program last year, due to issues with the phone app that was created the 2020 Passport program was canceled.

Gouveia Vineyard’s and Paradise Hills Winery and Vineyard, both in Wallingford, participate in the Passport program.

Hillary Criollo, a member of the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council and owner of Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, said this year the Passport program will use a newly designed app. 

“We came up with an app last year and it wasn’t the best produced,” Criollo said. “Now, we are working on fine tuning the passport into an app. It can be used on Android and Apple phones.”

Criollo said the council’s goal is to release the app by June 1. During the most recent council meeting in February, members discussed costs and the project timeline.  

According to minutes from the Feb. 11 meeting, Rebecca Eddy, a state Department of Agriculture staff member, said she will “reach out to request 1-2 prize suggestions from each participating winery.” 

Over 75 prizes with value of over $15,000 could be awarded. Prizes range from bottles of wine to gift cards for local attractions, according to the CT Wine Trail website.

The next Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council meeting is scheduled for May 13. 

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