Visiting Procedures

Thank you to all our customers who have come out to enjoy our Stonington Vineyards community and who respected our new policies so we can have responsible fun!

The following guidelines are in place so we can provide an enjoyable experience for our customers while keeping all of our collective safety & health in mind.  Here is what we have implemented as recommended by the CDC and state of Connecticut:

  • Please do NOT visit the winery if you have a fever, are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to anyone who is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you are in a high risk category, remember this is a public space. Anyone who is visiting the vineyard does so understanding the potential risks.
  • We are currently open for both indoor and outdoor service. There is a very limited capacity indoors on rainy/bad weather days only. We are not able to accommodate larger groups indoors at this time.
  • Social gatherings are limited to groups of 25 people or less outdoors and a very limited capacity indoors when it’s raining ONLY. This will be strictly enforced. Children are included in these numbers. We are still encouraging people to come in smaller groups when possible.
  • If you want to do a tasting, our group policy for 7 or more guests still apply.
  • All winery staff will be wearing masks.  We require that you wear masks when not eating or drinking. We will not allow you to make purchases from any of our bars without wearing a mask.
  • We will be sterilizing often.  We will provide hand sanitizer at our major entrances and exits.  Please feel free to bring your own hand sanitizer for your personal use as well. Bathrooms will be available and will be sanitized often.
  • Please maintain appropriate social distances with other groups at all times.  This requires a minimum of 6 feet between groups.  You can not move our tables that we have setup and seating provided by the winery is limited.  Please bring your own chairs, blankets, etc… for sitting out on the lawn weather permitting. We have staff walking the property to enforce the appropriate spacing between parties.
  • We require customers to follow all signs and guidelines posted on the property. Failure to comply will result in you being asked to leave.
  • We are only allowed to open at 50% capacity.  We will allow customers to visit on a first come first serve basis. If we have reached maximum capacity, you will be asked to go on our wait list and we will text you when we can accommodate your group.
  • Glasses are provided for customers who are doing a paid tasting.  For customers who will be purchasing glasses or bottles for on-site consumption, you can bring your own, we will provide you with disposable plastic cups for your use or you can purchase glasses for $5 that you must take with you. We will not be reusing glassware.
  • Kids are welcome onsite however can not be running around the property. They must follow all social distance guidelines.  If this will be a challenge, consider having an adult only visit for now.
  • Visitors will be checked in, given a copy of disposable tasting notes, can pay for their tasting and will be given their glasses. You should then go to our deck area that is designated for tastings only.   Our staff will be coming to our customers directly with their tastings. When your tasting is completed, you must move to the lawn area if you will be enjoying wine onsite by the glass or bottle.  There will not be typical bar service as we have had in the past.  Outdoor “bars” are only for purchasing wine by the glass or bottles to enjoy on the lawn. 
  • We will have markings on the ground outside bar areas and bathrooms.  Please make sure to obey all the markings.
  • During this time, we are encouraging CREDIT CARD payments if possible.
  • We are allowing a maximum visit to the winery of two hours per visit.
  • Please be patient.  This new normal isn’t normal for anyone.  We are doing our best to balance your experience with your safety.  Your support, understanding and flexibility during this time is greatly appreciated!