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Nestled in the southern part of Litchfield Hills in western Connecticut, Tallwood Vineyards is located in the heart of the Connecticut Viniculture Region. The vineyard is a labor of love of a family that enjoys wine. Our wine is aged in new oak barrels with an emphasis on natural wine production with no added sulfites.

Tallwood’s specialty is gift wines for special occasions. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, holiday, or just a special occasion, Tallwood has the custom label designed and ready just for you.

Selecting the right grapes

Selecting wine grapes is a delicate process. Our suppliers acquire grapes that are grown in a variety of regions around the world, from Piedmonte Italy to Bordeaux France, to the North Fork of Long Island or Napa Valley California. Our Family has traveled the world looking for the proper source of grapes for each year's production. Our suppliers then arrange for the shipment and delivery of grapes to our production facility.

Grinding and fermentation

The grapes are sorted to remove clusters, which become moldy as well as MOG (material other then grape).  The grape clusters are then fed into a crusher de-stemmer where the grapes are removed from the stems.  The de-stemming process prevents the stems from mixing in the fermentation vat.

The result will keep the harsh flavors and acids of the stems, from changing the flavor of the wine. The fermentation vats are monitored for sugar content, throughout the week they remain in the plastic vats.

Crushing and barreling

After the week of fermenting the juices are crushed out of the chunks of grapes.  After the juice is separated from the chunks it is moved into oak barrels for aging. Once the barrels are filled a secondary fermentation is started.   It is this secondary fermentation that softens the malic acids and allows the wine to achieve a smooth silky flavor. The wine is then aged in small oak barrels for the next year. During the year the wine will settle, the clarity of the wine will be set and the flavors of the oak will be extracted.


During the 2nd year after fermentation, the wine will be racked to holding vessel where the aging process will continue. At the end of the 2nd year, the wine is then moved on to the bottling process where each bottle is filled and corked using specially selected corks.  The bottle is then laid on its side in our temperature- controlled wine cellar and waits for its label and shipping.

A member of the Tallwood Vineyards team meticulously cares for each bottle.  It is this care and pride which allows you to enjoy a wonderful wine with your friends, family or food.

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Updated 26 December, 2006