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Vineyard Story

In 1975, Sherman Haight established the first winery in the state of Connecticut.  He worked with UCONN and Cornell to grow the state’s first vinis vinifera in the form of Chardonnay and Riesling, 1100 feet above sea level on Chestnut Hill in Litchfield.  He petitioned the state of Connecticut to create legislation recognizing farm wineries and contracted an architect to build a large Tudor style winery building.  In 1976,  the structure and the surrounding vineyards became  known as Haight Vineyard, the first 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, De Chaunac, Marquette, and Seyval Blanc. Its current vineyard capacity can yield upwards of thirty-five tons annually.

Vineyard Snapshot

Facts and Figures

The Vineyard

Vineyards – 16 acres | Annual Production – 3000 cases

Wines Produced

Chardonnay, Covertside White, Riesling, Railway White, Pink Cadillac, Noveau Foch, Picnic Red, Morning Harvest, Big Red, Apple Crannie, Strawberry Bliss, Honey Nut Apple, Apricot Moon

Grapes Grown

Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Marechal Foch, De Chaunac, Marquette, Chardonelle

HAIGHT BROWN THROUGH THE YEARS

Winery History

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.

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 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.

THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE

The Owners

Amy Senew and Jacques Muratori own Haight Brown Vineyard.
 
Amy Senew is a native of Litchfield County. She grew up in Thomaston, left to see the world at eighteen, and returned at age thirty-nine. She always loved Litchfield and after traveling the world for her career in software, settled here.

Jacques Muratori is a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Jacques arrived here from Cape Town, South Africa to Huntsville, Alabama and then eventually landed in Litchfield.
 
Amy and Jacques live right down the street from the winery. Between them they have four children – Mario, Antonio, Gwendolyn and Hudson and one Bernese Mountain dog, Bruno Mars.