Haight-Brown Vineyard takes great pride in being part of the
Connecticut wine industry. In 1975, Sherman Haight established Haight
Vineyard Inc. as the first vineyard in Connecticut to successfully
produce fine wine grapes (Chardonnay and Riesling). In 1976, Sherman
contracted an architect to build a large Tudor style winery on top of
Chestnut Hill in Litchfield. Sherman petitioned the state to create
legislation recognizing farm wineries in Connecticut and as a result,
the structure and the surrounding vineyards became Haight Vineyard, the
first vineyard to have an established winery in the state of
IIn 2007, Amy Senew Brown purchased Haight Vineyards from Sherman
Haight promising to uphold the tradition he had started over thirty
years before. The Browns renamed the winery Haight-Brown Vineyard in
attempt to preserve Sherman's legacy while at the same time associating
a new name and a fresh start with the winery. Today, Amy Senew serves
as General Manager of Haight-Brown Vineyard.
Haight-Brown Vineyard owns and leases over twenty acres for its winery
and vineyards. The vineyard grows vinifera and hybrids including
Chardonnay, Chardonelle, Marechal Foch, Dechaunoc, Marquette, and
Seyval Blanc. Its current vineyard capacity can yield upwards of
thirty-five tons annually.
Haight-Brown Vineyard has established itself as a relaxed atmosphere
where wine lovers of all levels can learn about growing grapes and
producing wine. The owners of Haight-Brown have a passion for wine and
a desire to educate others in an unpretentious environment. They are
determined to erase the intimidation factor of wine and make it a drink
that everyone can enjoy.
Haight-Brown Vineyard participates in the Connecticut Wine Trail, where
one can plan a visit to the state’s fine wineries.