Visit Priam Vineyards
OPEN YEAR ROUND
The winery tasting bar, tasting room and wine patio are open all year round, January through December. Visit us for wine tastings and tours or to simply enjoy our International Award-Winning wines on the patio with friends and your favorite local foods.
Join us throughout the year for our Summer unWINEd Concert Series, Wine Dinners on the Patio, local artisan cheese & wine tasting seminars and numerous other public events created to introduce you to the magnificent local flavor of this region. We hope you will become fans, and a part of the Priam Vineyards family, creating many wonderful lifetime memories here at the vineyard, while learning about this amazing wine growing region.
We invite you to visit Enjoy & Relax!
GLORIA PRIAM & JIM MELILLO
In 1998 Gloria and her former business partner purchased the last few acres of a third generation family farm and started planting the vineyard, dedicating every hour available to the venture. Jim Melillo has been involved with wines from running tasting clubs to associating with wine corporations in varying capacities. Together they continue to direct the growth of the winery.
We are pleased to welcome Ruaan Viljoen as our Winemaker. He comes to us all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, in the heart of the wine region, where he was born. Ruaan has worked in small to large scale wine production environments. With 14 vintages behind him, Ruaan has significant experience in quality and premium wine production.
MEET THE TEAM
We are fortunate to have a professional and passionate team. From tastings, tours to harvesting and everything in between we know our staff is there to support us and we love being able to support them. After all, teamwork makes the dream work. We are proud of our family and local community here at Priam Vineyards.
History, Land & Terroir
A SENSE OF PLACE
Priam Vineyards was first established in 1998, in 2002 became a licensed farm winery, opening the winery for retail sales in April of 2003. “Terroir” comes from the word “terre” or “land”, a French term in wine used to denote the special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place bestows upon particular produce, which then contribute to the unique qualities of the crop.
Solar & Environmental
STEWARDS OF THE LAND
In September 2010, Priam Vineyards became the first winery in New England to be completely solar powered, as environmentalists, we also practice sustainable agriculture, propagating bluebirds rather than using insecticides, to maintain a healthy vineyard. The 40 acre farm has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a natural bird and wildlife habitat.
FIRST VEGAN CERTIFIED WINERY IN CT
We are proud to announce Priam Vineyards has been globally certified by BevVeg International for its vegan-friendly approach to winemaking, putting Connecticut on the map of U.S. wineries to receive this seal of approval after an extensive review of its production practices from soil to bottle.
OUR POLICY ON PETS AT THE WINERY
We invite you to bring your well-behaved pooches that are comfortable with crowds along to seasonal outdoor events, and to enjoy the outdoor patio and grounds. All pets must be leashed at all times.
Only service animals are allowed indoors at the winery.