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Paradise Hills: A Welcoming, Family-Operated Winery

Paradise Hills: A Welcoming, Family-Operated Winery

You'll often hear "Welcome to Paradise!" when you enter the tasting room at Wallingford's Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery, and that greeting is likely to come from a member of the Ruggiero family.

Founder Richard Ruggiero and his brother Albert Jr., who now serves as co-owner and president, first started growing grapes and making wine at their Hamden home more than 30 years ago. The family planted vines at its 65-acre property on Windswept Hill Road in 1997, producing its own wines while also growing grapes for other Connecticut farm wineries. In 2011, the Ruggieros opened their Tuscan-style winery and tasting room to the public.

"We love making wine; we...