The "quiet corner" of CT is known for being rural and you definitely feel that on your way to Sharpe Hill. While twisting and turning on back roads, you are wondering if you will ever reach your destination. However, once you pull into the parking lot, you are suddenly awestruck by the scenery. There is a total of 110 acres of lush grounds, 25 of which are vineyards that extend 700 feet above the countryside.
Upon arrival, you can choose to have a tasting inside their 18th century reproduced colonial barn or head outside on their cozy patio surrounded by climbing hydrangea and bright beautiful flowers. They grow four grape varietals on the property and have about 12 different wines to enjoy.
You can also choose to buy a bottle of wine, pour a couple of glasses and hike up to the highest point on the estate.
Once you reach the top, you can see as far as New York State and Road Island.
There is a perfectly flat rock to perch on where you can relax and take in the views.
After our hike, we decided to stay cool and sit under the tree's. We snacked on some local eats and leisurely chatted away....
Family owned and run, the staff is very friendly and accommodating. We were given a tour by the owner, and they graciously allowed us to bring in our own snacks (which is not typically permitted).
As you can see, they not only grow grapes on the property, but also have vibrant garden beds overflowing with vegetables, herbs and flowers.
To top it all off, they also have a gourmet restaurant on the property named the Fireside Tavern. Their menu features wood-grilled dishes and includes seasonal ingredients from their garden.
Starting in the spring, the Fireside Tavern serves lunch and dinner outside on the patio. Be sure to call weeks in advance for reservations though - it fills up quickly. We only got in for dinner because there was a cancellation. We opted to have dinner inside the barn, which boasts a warm and inviting American style decor. But not before having one more glass of Dry Summer Rose'....
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend...wherever your destination.......