Frequently Asked Questions
Following are just a few of the many questions that are asked at the winery.
Do you grow all your own grapes? How many
acres do you have?
A. Yes, all our grapes are grown on our 35
acres of vineyard.
Isn't your climate too cold to grow grapes?
A. The unique location of Hopkins Vineyard
makes it the only vineyard in Connecticut with a microclimate
influenced by an inland lake; this extends our growing season
and allows us to successfully grow grape varieties which ordinarily
would not thrive in our northeastern climate. We take extra care
in assuring our vines are healthy so they withstand the cold.
Do you make wines without sulfites?
A. Many of our customers express concern
over wines containing sulfites. Most people don't realize that
sulfites are produced during fermentation and are virtually
in all wines, and have been for centuries. By law, the government
allows us to have 350 parts per million of sulfites in our
wines. Our wines have only 25-30 ppm. Sulfites can be found
in juice, guacamole, mushrooms, baked goods, shellfish and
Do you make organic wines?
A. We spend a great deal of time and labor
in our vineyards. We use an integrated pest management system
to eliminate insects that destroy the grape plant. Good soil
management also helps us control pests/insects as well as enhances
the overall good health of the plant. Because we use some commercial
fertilizers we cannot claim to be organic, but we are very close.
We have complete control, from vine to wine; we take great pride
in producing a quality product.
How old is the winery?
A. William and Judith Hopkins
started the winery in 1979. The Winery is housed in a barn built
in the 1850's which has been fully restored into a state-of-the-art
winery. The Hopkins family farm is a Connecticut Century Farm
(1757) and a National Bicentennial Farm.