Arrigoni Winery: A small wine bar within a HUGE gift shop
My sister got a groupon for Arrigoni Winery in Portland, CT and asked me to go along with her to check it out. Now there’s two things I’m not going to turn down: Wine and Free Stuff, so I guess you can say this was the perfect storm for me…or so I thought.
Address: 1297 Portland-Cobalt Rd, Portland, CT 06480
Cost For Tasting: I think my sister paid $10 for the groupon, but a regular tasting is $7, which includes 5 wines. You can add on additional wines for $1 each.
Ranking: 2. This was definitely my least favorite by far.
So you arrive, and its totally cheesy outside the winery including a bigger than life Santa Clause that stands outside all year round…hmm ok. Then you walk into the winery, but are a bit confused because you basically are in a gift shop and the tasting bar is tucked in the back, not even visible from the front door. On top of that, the location of the winery is less than ideal. Its right on the road of Route 66, which is a very busy road. Usually you go to a winery for some relaxation and the peace…if that’s what you’re looking for, don’t go to Arrigoni.
OK, so we’ve covered the atmosphere…on to the wine. I suppose if the wine was good we’d be able to forget the atmosphere (after a glass or two). But unfortunately the wine was also no bueno. My sister decided it would be best if we made our way to another winery in the area…the only problem was that there are no other wineries in the area! So, we made an hour trek to New Hartford where we did find a few others.
The thing I found most off-putting about Arrigoni is that they don’t have any wine that they make from their own grapes. None. Not even one. Ok, I get it, we don’t live in Napa Valley, and I know that most wineries in Connecticut only make a select few wines from their own grapes, whereas most others are made from grapes (or other fruit) that is imported. But come on, if you’re a winery on the CT wine trail, you should have at least one wine to offer that is made from your own home-grown grapes! Am I right? In their defense, apparently they are so new that their grapes are just not ready yet. That’s fine, but maybe you consider that and stay off “the trail” until you’re ready!