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1stConnecticut Wines: Drinking It In
Published: October 2012 Connecticut Magazine
The Experts’ Top Picks…

Impressed and admittedly surprised, the judges gave a thumbs-up to (most of) the wines they tasted. They scored the wines independently, and we did the math. Here are the top three winners in each category (descriptions are from the winemakers themselves). An asterisk (*) designates a wine made with 100 percent Connecticut grapes. Click to read the full story.


Wineries Widen their Appeal
Connecticut Wineries Widen Their Appeal
Converted from a World War II-era airplane hangar into a spectacular looking winery, Saltwater Farm Vineyard is set on a 108-acre nature preserve that is host to a variety of shore birds. Seek out the observation deck in the woods for some secluded birdwatching, or relax on a bench, perfectly perched to view the feathered sights while sipping a glass of Saltwater’s award-winning Estate Chardonnay. Click to read the full story.


CovercottagesV2Featured in “Connecticut Cottages & Gardens”
April 2012| Saltwater Farms Vineyard, Stonington | “Flight Tested”
by Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens released its April issue with a glowing article on the vineyard. It was written by noted wine & spirits columnist, Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave. The vineyard was refereed to as one of the most stunning natural sites she had ever seen. Please click the link below to read and enjoy the fantastic article in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.
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by Michelle Bodak Acri
The Connecticut Bride / Fall-Winter 2013 / Charming Wedding Venues
Come Fly with Me
Okay, an airplane hangar may not be the reception venue you dreamed of as a little girl — but perhaps it should have been. The centerpiece of Saltwater Farm Vineyard, set on 108 coastal acres in Stonington, is in fact a World War II-era airplane hangar. A floor-to-ceiling interior and exterior makeover has brought the structure, which opens onto terraces overlooking the vines and seats 200 guests, to life once again. Inside, original wood sheathing, a vaulted ceiling, massive timber trusses, assorted wine-making paraphernalia and picture windows add character; outside, the milled aluminum exterior is sleek and stylish and the vineyard stunningly picturesque, with panoramic views of tidal marshes, Wequetequock Cove and Long Island Sound.
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A New Career Sprouts From Grape Vines
By DOUGLAS S. MALAN
Connecticut Law Tribune | Published: August 23, 2010
Things were coming together for Michael Connery’s plan to transition from the practice of law in the late 1990s. The New York firm he had worked at since graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1975 was offering a program where attorneys could start scaling back their practice in anticipation of retirement from the law.
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winebottleV2Romancing the Vine
By Michelle Bodak Acri
Connecticut Magazine | Published: October 2010
Like surprises? Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington has a big one in store for you. This coastal vineyard, set on some 100 panoramic acres bordered by green tidal marshes and the blue views of the Sound, is a beauty, no doubt. Its centerpiece, however, is an unlikely one: a World War II-era airplane hangar. The retro-chic hangar with its silvery milled aluminum exterior, original interior wood sheathing and massive timber trusses has been converted into an airy winery. Bring your glasses out onto the terrace for a toast as you drink in the vineyard views.


Finding Wine Amid Marshes
By CHRISTOPHER BROOKS
The New York Times | Published: October 15, 2010
Contrary to the idealized concept of a winery set among rolling hills of volcanic substrate, Saltwater Farm Vineyard is on flat land surrounded by a briny tidal inlet. And unlike the chateau-style production plants of Napa, Sonoma and the Loire Valley, Saltwater holds its tastings in a converted airport hangar, with a grass landing strip nearby.
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The Connecticut Wine Trail: Eighth Stop
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Wallingford Wired | Published October 14, 2010
Our eighth stop on Connecticut’s Wine Trail, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, is located at this picturesque address, on 100 or so acres of tranquility bordering tidal marshes, a cove and Long Island Sound. The first thing that strikes you as you pull into the parking lot is that the building looks uncannily like a World War II aircraft hangar – because that’s what it is. Preserved and converted into a winery, the building is the natural centerpiece of the property, and it opens out onto a stone terrace, with the vineyards stretching off into views of the Sound in the distance.
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Finding a variety of wines off the beaten path
By Ellen Albanese
Boston Globe | Published July 25, 2010
One of the most visually striking wineries is Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, housed in a 1930s airplane hangar with a vaulting roof, milled aluminum exterior, original wood sheathing, and massive timber trusses dominating the interior. Owner Michael Connery, who describes himself as “a recovering lawyer,” bought the property in 2001, and opened it for tasting this year. Saltwater makes four wines — cabernet franc, merlot, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc — all from grapes grown on site.
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Published July 5, 2010
Carlo DeVito is the author of East Coast Wineries:
A Complete Guide from Maine to Virginia.

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“Saltwater Farm Vineyards an Important New Find in Connecticut”.


A vineyard grows in Stonington
By Katie Warchut
The Day | Published June 12, 2010
A small, decrepit airport quietly becomes a winery and banquet facility
Nine years ago, about 100 acres of land near Stonington’s Wequetequock Cove was overgrown, with a fairly decrepit airport hangar and a runway and taxiway.
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By Michelle Bodak Acri
Connecticut Magazine | Published Spring / Summer 2010
A World War II-era hangar was about the only thing left on Stonington’s Saltwater Farm Vineyard (800/818-7258 or saltwaterfarmvineyard.com)—an airport in a former life—when Merrily and Michael Connery began planting a vineyard on its 108 acres back in 2003. In the years since, they’ve begun harvesting that crop and have at long last converted that hangar into a winery and event center that’s truly in a class all its own. A floor-to-ceiling interior and exterior makeover has brought the building, which opens onto terraces and can seat 200 guests, to life once again. Inside, original beams, a vaulted ceiling, assorted wine-making paraphernalia and massive picture windows add character; outside, the reclad exterior is sleek and stylish and the lush green vineyard stunningly picturesque, with far-reaching views of tidal marshes, Wequetequock Cove and Long Island Sound.
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