June 26, 2024, Chamard Vineyards, 115 Cow Hill Road, Clinton, CT 06413

 

Established in 1983, with the present winery building finished in 1988, Chamard Vineyards is among the most beautiful and traditional of New England wineries.

The first vines were planted in the spring of 1984, a five acre vineyard consisting primarily of Chardonnay with a small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. From 1986 through 1992 the remaining acreage was prepared and planted, for a combined total of 20 acres. The winery was completed the summer of 1988 when Chamard became a licensed farm winery. The first wine, a 1988 Chardonnay was released for sale in November of 1989.

The 40-acre property boasts 20 acres of established vines that benefit from being only two miles north and influenced by the moderating temperatures of Long Island Sound.