Savor A Day Trip To A Cluster Of Three Stonington-Area Wineries
Published: October 2016 Hartford Courant

For many, autumn snaps with fresh starts, new notebooks, as well as apple and pumpkin picking. But it’s also an ending, sometimes a sweet ending, as is the case with Connecticut’s ripened grapes ready to become wine.

That makes fall a great time to “taste the adventure” as suggested by the folks at the Connecticut Wine Trail. The trail, comprised of 25 vineyards, winds through the state from the Litchfield Hills to Long Island Sound. Click to read the full story.

Nikita Costars Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean Tied the Knot
Published: October 2016 People Magazine

Congratulations are in order for Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean!

The Nikita costars tied the knot on Oct. 2 and PEOPLE has exclusive details — and photos! — from the couple’s big day.

Fonseca, 29, wore a lace-embroidered wedding gown from designer Sabrina Dehan for the couple’s outdoor wedding while Bean, 38, donned a charcoal suit by Ted Baker. Click to read the full story.

Coastal Wineries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are Seeing Record Demand
Published: October 2016 What’s Up Newport

Look out, Napa! Wineries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are seeing record demand for their whites, reds, and sparkling beverages. The Coastal Wine Trail, a nonprofit group of 14 wineries that weave through the heart of Southeastern New England, has quietly built a reputation for serving nationally recognized wines in unique tasting rooms that offer a deep connection to the roots of each bottle. Tourists and locals alike are taking notice, making the Coastal Wine Trail a top destination in New England. Click to read the full story.

Wine Daytrips: Connecticut
Published: October 2016 RI Monthly Magazine

From the second-story outdoor deck of Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, my friends — houseguests from the Midwest — look out over the vines warming in the sun and breathe in the ocean air. I’m not sure what they expected when I told them we were going wine tasting in Connecticut, but I’m pretty sure they’re impressed. We’d
arrived as the winery crew was preparing the stunning venue for a wedding — they book ’em year-round — though there’s little required to improve upon the rustic charm of what was formerly a World War II-era airport hangar set on coastal farmland that dates back to the 1600s. Click to read the full story.

Refurbishing vintage properties into new businesses
Published: June 2016 WTNH Channel 8

They were outdated, underutilized vintage properties in Connecticut and now they have come back to life.

A farm that dates back to the 1600s, which was also the site of a 1940s era airplane hanger, has become Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington. A 1950s gas station near downtown Mystic is about to open as a coffee and wine bar restaurant called MBar. Both are owned by Michael and Merrily Connery, who had a deep love for Connecticut. Click to read the full story.

Steven Slosberg: Renowned architect left his mark in Stonington
Published: May 2016 Westerly Sun

John Ware Lincoln was an architect by trade and an engineer, author and inventor by inclination and inspiration, who lived and worked and left a legacy of landmarks in Stonington. Still, he deemed his most successful design a rather dubious achievement: the modern Quonset hut.Click to read the full story.

On the Vine
Published: September 2015 Ink Magazine
Cabernet Franc

While Cabernet Franc has roots that stretch far beyond the Northeast, for those who frequent Saltwater Farm Vineyard and other regional wineries, Cabernet Franc has become an attractive local offering adding a bit of “old world’ sophistication to grape growing and wine production in the region. Click to read the full story.


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.

5 stops on the Connecticut wine trail  – The Boston Globe

Housed in a 1930s airplane hangar with a vaulted roof, milled aluminum exterior, and massive timber trusses, Saltwater Farm overlooks the tidal marshes of southeastern Connecticut. Saltwater makes eight wines, including an unoaked chardonnay and a classic Bordeaux-style cabernet franc-merlot blend aged in French oak. This summer there’s live music on Thursdays from 5- 7 p.m. 349 Elm St., Stonington, 800-818-7258, www.saltwaterfarmvineyard.com. Wed-Sun tastings $10.  Click to read full story.

theElistFeatured in the E list

New England viniculture, French winemaking, and small production vintages are not the only unique qualities you’ll drink in during a trip to Saltwater Farm Vineyard. The centerpiece of the 100+ panoramic acres, bordered by tidal marshes of the Wequetequock Cove and vistas of Long Island Sound, is a former WWII-era airport hangar. Lovingly converted to a winery, it is spectacular with its vaulted roof, timber trusses, and silvery milled aluminum exterior. Click to read 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.

Featured in “Connecticut Cottages & Gardens”
April 2012| Saltwater Farms Vineyard, Stonington | “Flight Tested”flighttested
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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ctbrideCharming Wedding Venues
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
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
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.

Click to read his blog entry

“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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