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 Connecticut.
In 2007, Amy Senew purchased Haight Vineyards from Sherman Haight promising to uphold the tradition he had started over thirty years before. Amy 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.