Jonathan Edwards Winery
Open: Year Round
North Stonington, CT has a history rich in both agriculture and industry. Thanks to its many waterways early mills sprung up with such a proliferation, that the downtown village was once known as Milltown. Although the milling industry is long gone, the agricultural nature of the town continues. Anyone who drives the back roads of North Stonington will see some of the most beautiful farms anywhere. The Edwards family is proud to have joined this longstanding history and agricultural life.
This farm is situated on Chester Maine Road, and was indeed once the Chester Maine Farm. The farm was a classic New England dairy and cattle affair for over a century, and early maps of town show that during the 1700's this was once the Williams Homestead.
In the late 1970's the farm was donated by Carol Maine to a church in town and it was subsequently sold to a family who started Crosswoods Vineyards in the early 1980's. Despite a massive effort, a stunning renovation of the barn and an aggressive expansion of the vineyard, success was ultimately elusive and the winery closed. During the next decade a portion of the land was subdivided but the heart of the farm was preserved. In 2000, 48 acres were purchased by the Edwards family. The property included the winery, the historic farmhouse, overgrown but very fertile fields, and even the original "3 holer" outhouse. Farming continues to this day.
Very nice winery with a good selection. They also offer cheese, crackers, and other small items for purchase. Prices were pretty on par for a winery. Met the owner who was very helpful and outgoing. Does get crowded on weekends and seating is somewhat limited.
A year ago this would have been a five star. This year we went with friends, we were informed that the case club has been canceled. We don't live in the area and this was our chance to use the club benefits. Since we bought our case last August, we still should have been able to use the benefits. Then we did a tasting. We bought 2 bottles . We were in shock at the price. Dramatic price increase since last year. I was so disappointed, that I canceled my plans to go there with our other friends two days later.
I can honestly say i have NEVER been to a place so RUDE and disrespectful. We don't know why,bUt we felt unwelcome, as soon as our ladies group of 12 walked up. It was pouring rain and we asked if we might have a table under the tent. We were told no (they have too many tables,already) This is AFTER they took $35 per person!! We then proceeded to spend a few hundred EACH on sales items! While we were shopping,they tried to take our chairs,etc.... Do NOT Go here. Too many other nice places (STONINGTON ,for example is welcoming,friendly and fantastic wine)
Smaller deck areas but large tent set up. Wines are pricey for Connecticut, but good. I really enjoyed the Riesling.
Good balanced wines and hospitality! Some of the wines are bringing grapes from California but they diss really good job wine making. Busy depends of time of the day but really good atmosphere.w