11 Shailor Hill Road
Colchester, CT 06415
phone: (860) 267-8520
Priam Vineyards sits in the Salmon River watershed area, just minutes from Mohegan Sun Casino, Moodus Resort area, The Goodspeed Opera House, and a number of state parks, as well as the Airline Hiking Trail.
The seasonally beautiful surroundings of the area offer a number of outdoor activities from hiking, fishing, canoeing and golf, to horse-back riding and cross-country skiing.
Priam Vineyards' 40 acre farm has 24 acres of grapes in production, with a breathtaking 35 mile view of the New England countryside. We benefit from the unique microclimate of the hills of New London County, just 15 miles from Long Island Sound, where we grow classic European varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Merlot as well as French-American hybrids: Cayuga and St. Croix. The rich gravelly soil mimics that of Graves, France.
Our climate is very similar to the Alsation region of Northern France and Germany. This combination along with the sloping hillside and constant breeze provide the perfect climate for these varietals.
We presently produce 13 hand crafted wines which are released at different times throughout the year. Our grapes are hand picked to avoid bruising and ensure the best of flavor, which ultimately carries through to wines. Our white wines are: Jeremy River White, Salmon River White, Blackledge White, Cayuga, Barrel Select Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Late Harvest Riesling. Our red wines are: St. Croix, Salmon River Red, Salmon River Red-PV, Westchester Red and Essence of St. Croix.
The winery was built into the hillside at the base of the vineyard, as a New England style barn. It was designed specifically to make use of the earths cool temperature in the wine cellar, as well as the use of gravity to feed juice from the crush pad to the tanks, to help reduce the impact on the environment. As environmentalists, we practice sustainable agriculture, propagating bluebirds rather than using insecticides, to maintain a healthy vineyard.
The vineyards are beautiful throughout the year for picnicking and touring. Take a picnic to the top of the vineyard and enjoy the 35 mile view or bring a picnic for the wine patio. Add local cheeses available for purchase in the tasting room, that beautifully compliment Priam Vineyards' wines.
Enjoy the tasting room gallery where regional artists are displayed. Pick up your entire meal of fresh CT. grown products here at our seasonal Farmer's Market in the vineyard above the winery parking lot. Local Ct. Grown fruits , vegetables, fish, fresh made desserts, breads, cheeses will be available July through October.