You will find our next stop on The Coastal Wine Trail, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, in Stonington, Connecticut.
It’s easy to image the planes coming in for a landing on what was once this small airport’s runway. Now an 1800 feet green stretch of grass between the vines, it sees more brides than bi-planes. The small community airport was opened in the 1930s amid the coastal marshes that surround the 230 acre farmland. Once America entered into World War II, the airport was forced to shut down. After the war it was used as a flight training school, then a warehouse, then eventually fell into disrepair. In 2001 the lands were revived as a vineyard and the vintage hangar was immaculately restored as a winery.
Tasting the Wines of Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Guests can delight in the high vaulted ceiling while sampling their bright, citrusy 2015 Estate Chardonnay. The complexity of their 2014 Estate “Golden Arc” Chardonnay rivals that of the colossal wooden beams crisscrossing the roof high above the airy space below.
At the back of the expansive tasting room stand 4 massive stainless steel tanks where winemakers can be seen checking gauges and sampling wine. The enticing aroma of their Estate Cabernet Franc smells even more rich and spicy while you watch how it is made.
For a better view of the grapes climb the steps to the loft and outside deck offering splendid views of the grounds and surrounding coastal marshes.
Weddings at Saltwater Farm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard’s romance has made it a highly sought after venue. As a result, the Vineyard has been featured in People Magazine, TODAY, and Boston Globe. Brides Magazine rated it among “Top 50 Most Romantic Wedding Venues in the U.S.” This year alone, over 75 brides stood before the Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Merlot vines to say “I Do”. Before exchanging vows, brides are given the use of a private suite.
With sweeping views of the vineyard and wetlands, the suite offers a private and restful sanctuary for her and her maids.
Saltwater Farm Vineyards does an excellent job of marrying the aviation history, centuries old farm land, and unique coastal vistas. Interested in visiting Saltwater Farms or having a private event? Visit the website to schedule an event or check their visiting hours at www.saltwaterfarmvineyard.com.
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