I recently had the pleasure of spending the day with my mom and we decided to take a drive to the eastern part of our state and check out Sharpe Hill Vineyard. It’s an award winning vineyard in what’s known as “Connecticut’s Quiet Corner”. It’s located in Pomfret just minutes from Route 169 and it’s a beautiful drive through the countryside to get there.
We were among the first visitors to arrive on Saturday morning and decided to take our time and stroll through the gorgeous well kept gardens. Many of their flowers were still in bloom and so beautiful. The owners also grow many vegetables and herbs that they use daily in their restaurant. While wondering through the gardens we were lucky enough to meet James one of the chefs who was actually picking herbs to use in the kitchen. That was pretty neat!
I felt like we were in a photographers heaven if you enjoy photographing flowers and I do. So does mom as she pulled out her new iphone to take some photos along side of me.
Sharpe Hill has 25 acres of vineyard and the grapes were just about ready for harvest and filled the air with such a sweet aroma. I loved photographing the grapes as I took a walk up the hill where you can actually see Connecticut Valley, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
After walking through the gardens and vineyards we checked in to enjoy lunch in their Fireside Tavern which is located in a beautiful restored eighteenth century building decorated with early American style furniture and charm. We also took part in their wine tasting and were excited to try some of their famous award winning wines. The wine they are most noted for is a white semi-dry fruity wine called “Ballet of Angels”. I enjoyed that wine but really preferred the red wines especially the Red Seraph which is a fine Chianti style red wine made with a blend of St. Croix and Merlot grapes. I absolutely loved the Pontefract dessert wine. A luscious smooth and delicate Port style dessert wine made from estate grown St Croix grapes.
For lunch I decided on the Spicy Jamaican Chicken. It was a wood grilled boneless breast of chicken marinated in hot and spicy Jamaican Jerk Sauce served over rice with grilled bananas and fresh mango chutney. The presentation was amazing as was the chicken. Absolutely the best! Mom decided to try the Lamb Chops which were two Steakhouse Prime spring lamb chops grilled on wood with fresh rosemary served with mint jelly and the Chef’s choice of fresh vegetables. She couldn’t say enough about it and enjoyed ever bite. Our waitress Kate was the most polite and pleasant girl. We really enjoyed her attentiveness to service and she really helped to make this special lunch date with mom a time to remember.
Sharpe Hill Vineyard is a place you don’t want to miss the next time you take a trip to the quiet corner of Connecticut! It’s a trip worth experiencing! They are open all year long but I have always enjoyed traveling to visit them around harvest time. I do hope you’ll take the trip sometime…you to will truly love it!