Reopening Procedures 5/20/20

We reopened to the public May 20th.  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!

There are new guidelines 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 and you should wait a bit longer before visiting. Anyone who is visiting the vineyard does so understanding the potential risks.
  • We will be open for outdoor service only. The indoor Tasting Room will be closed and is ONLY open for purchases to take outside.
  • Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 5 people.  Therefore, please only come to the winery in small groups.  We can not accommodate larger groups at this time. This will be strictly enforced. Children are included in the 5 person maximum per party.
  • 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.
  • 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. You can not stand in the building or on the grounds while waiting but can wait inside your vehicle.
  • 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. Kids count toward the 5 person maximum per party.
  • 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 will be accepting CREDIT CARD payments only.
  • 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!