Beverage Industry

Are Connecticut Wines Really From Connecticut?

Are Connecticut Wines Really From Connecticut?

Connecticut’s increasingly popular wine industry appears to stand alone among U.S. wine-growing states, and not necessarily in a good way.

Our law allows as much as 75 percent of the grapes used in a “Connecticut” wine to come from outside this state — a threshold far beyond limits set by the federal government and some of the nation’s biggest wine-producing states.

There’s also a long-running state probe of allegations that some Connecticut-licensed wineries are ignoring even the low-ball 25-percent local-grape standard of our state law.

A few vineyard owners here believe our state needs to go back to the days when consumers drinking wine with a Connecticut label...