11 Shailor Hill Road
Colchester, CT 06415
Phone: (860) 267-8520
Winery Contact: Gloria Priam
Tasting Hours: March - April: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11-6pm, Wednesday & Thursdays, group tastings by appointment
May - December: Wednesday-Sunday 11-6pm
Tour Hours: Tastings and self guided tours of the vineyards are available each weekend. Group Tours by appointment, email for more information.
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Events: None Listed
Priam Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Gloria Priam and Gary Crump. They started with the intent of being growers, but quickly escalated to a winery as they realized the quality of grapes being grown from their land. In 2002, Priam Vineyards became a licensed farm winery, and opened to begin marketing their wines in April of 2003.
Of the fourteen wines produced, each has been awarded at least one, if not several medals in international competition. Priam’s international award winning wines are produced in the style of Northern France and Germany. Our vineyards’ 40 acre farm sits in the Salmon River Watershed, in the historic town of Colchester, with 22 acres of grapes in production, and a breathtaking view of the CT countryside.
We benefit from the unique microclimate of the hills of New London County, where we grow and hand pick classic European varietals. The rich gravelly soil, sloping hillside and constant breeze provide the perfect climate for these varietals.
To help reduce the impact on the environment, the winery was built into the hillside at the base of the vineyard. It was designed specifically to make use of the earth’s cool temperature in the wine cellar, and to use gravity to feed juice from the crush pad to the tanks. As environmentalists, we practice sustainable agriculture, propagating bluebirds to help maintain our healthy vineyard, and are presently exploring the installation of a windmill or solar energy panels to produce our own electricity.
Jeremy River White
Barrel Select Chardonnay
Salmon River Red
Salmon River White
Essence of St. Croix
Salmon River Red PV
Late Harvest Riesling
Owners: Gloria Priam,
Winemaker: Jerry Van Vort
Varietals: European varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Merlot as well as French-American hybrids: Cayuga and St. Croix.
2003-2009 – International Eastern Wine Competition, Gold, Silver & Bronze medals
2007-2009 – Amenti Del Vino Eastern States Wine Competition, Double Gold, Gold, Silver & Bronze medals
2003-2009 – Amenti Del Vino International Commercial Wine Competition, Gold, Silver & Bronze medals