Wine lovers, this one is for you. Did you know that the United States produces more than 800 millions gallons of wine each year, ranking behind only France, Italy, and Spain in total production? While more than 80 percent of that wine is harvested in California’s Napa Valley, Connecticut is surprisingly home to some of the country’s best wineries. In fact, according to The Street, there is one Connecticut town that just might become the next Napa Valley.

Though much more densely populated than Napa Valley, the wineries you’ll find in and around Hartford, Connecticut will make your wine dreams come true. From Chardonnay, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, and Seyval Blanc to Cabernet Franc, Merlot, St. Croix, and Foch grapes, a variety of decadent wines are made at Hartford area wineries. With nearly 20 wineries and vineyards found within an hour of the city, it’s easy to see how Hartford could quickly become America’s next wine town. Here are a few of our favorites:

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So, Connecticut wine lovers, how many of these amazing vineyards have you visited? Share your opinions and experiences with us in the comments below, and then click here to discover a winery that is housed in a former airport.

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