Over the weekend, we also went wine tasting at Hopkins Vineyard. We were there over the winter a few years ago, and kept saying we would make it back for a tasting during the fall. Well! We finally did. And it was just as beautiful as we anticipated.
The winery is set atop a hill? Mountain? Probably not high enough to be a mountain, so I’ll go with hill. And it overlooks Lake Waramaug. It’s a sprawling property, inclusive of a vineyard, a red barn (where the wine tastings happen) and a German restaurant. There’s ample place to sit outside on the grass or on a bench, overlooking the lake, and drinking a bottle of wine. It’s pretty serene, borderline, magical.
The tasting room is on the first floor, and upstairs there’s a room to hang out, order snacks, drink a bottle of wine, and play board games. The last time we were there, there was also a classic rock cover band.
Importantly, the wine is very good! We love their semi-sweet white wine called Westwind. It’s light, fresh and summery. We buy a few bottles of it every year. I also picked up a bottle of their Chardonnay. I guess I was in a white wine mood? My opinion is that good red wines do not come from the northeast. Hopkins has a few reds, they’re ok, but not for me.
I’m thinking of trying to drag a group of friends to Hopkins for my birthday this year…but we might also plan a last minute getaway that weekend. To be determined.