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.
Good wine and cozy atmosphere on a winter Friday afternoon. Mostly white wines but they have one red they make there and a few from California that were good. A bit pricey however the pours were very generous so it was fair. Looking forward to trying again in summer time
If I would have to rank the best vineyards in New England, with no doubts I would had placed JEV on the top 15th list. The wine is delicious. JEV uses Californian grapes which are the best in US territory. Personally, I would had preferred a 100% New England product but the whether doesn't promises good grapes. Definitely, I would go back again.
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.
Went with a bachelorette group a few years ago and found the staff very rude. We had been to other CT wineries that weekend (Saltwater Farm, Stonington Vineyards, etc). Everyone agrees Edwards was the worst even though it was the one the Bride had been looking forward to the most!
Great wine, local chocolates, and Westerly R.I. oysters all come together at their Dark and Decedent event.
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