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Taylor Brooke Winery – Woodstock, CT2018-12-10T11:24:41+00:00

Tasting Room & Vineyard

Our tasting room is now open to the public year-round! During our regular season, we are open Thursday-Sunday starting in March through December. In January and February we open on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.

Wines may be purchased by the glass or by the bottle to be enjoyed on our patio, pavilion, or picnic tables overlooking the vineyard (excluding dessert wines and brandy – these you must take home to enjoy). We have locally produced cheeses and other snacks to enjoy during your visit, but guests are always welcome to bring their own food. If you’re looking to pick up some prepared foods for your picnic, we recommend Sweet Evalina’s Stand, Coriander Cafe, and Jessica Tuesday’s, to name a few.

Guests are invited to enjoy our small communal pavilion. Sharing tables and seating is often necessary, and sometimes required. All guests must leave the pavilion and grounds 1 hour past posted closing times, unless otherwise indicated. Due to space limitations, groups of 12 or more are not permitted on the pavilion.  No other alcohol other than TBW wine may be consumed on the property.  

2 Samples

$Free

5 Samples

$500

10 Samples

$1000

Brandy

$300

*Logo glasses are not included in the price of the tasting and are for sale at an additional cost of $3. Prices are subject to sales tax.

2018 Regular Season Dates & Hours

Friday, March 30th – Sunday, December 30th

Friday: OPEN 11am – 6pm
Saturday: OPEN 11am – 5pm
Sunday: OPEN 11am – 5pm

*Monday – Thursday: CLOSED

*Open select Monday holidays (see special hours for details)

*Open Thursdays May-October  3pm-6pm

2018 Special Hours

Memorial Day, Monday, May 28: OPEN 11am – 5pm

Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4: CLOSED

Labor Day, Monday, September 3: OPEN 11am – 5pm

Columbus Day, Monday, October 8: OPEN 11am – 5pm

Wednesday, November 21: Open 11am-6pm

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22: CLOSED

Special holiday hours in December:  Open regular hours Friday-Sundays AND 13th, 17, 18, 19, 20th. 

Sip & Shop December 7,8,14,15,21,22    Hours for Sip & Shop are 5pm-8pm

Christmas Eve Open 10am-4pm. 

Closed Christmas Day 

Open December 26, 27th 11am-5pm  

New Year’s Eve Open 10am-4pm.  

Closed New Year’s Day – January 11, 2019

Reopen for Winter Hours January 12, 2019

Things to Know Before You Visit

Group Tastings of 8-12 People

Tastings for groups of 8-12 are conducted in the main winery. Groups of this size can choose tasting options from our regular menu which are as follows: 2 tastes for free, 5 tastes for $5 and 10 tastes for $10. Please fill out the inquiry form and you will be contacted to confirm your reservation.

 

Group Tasting for 8-12 Inquiry Form

Group Tastings of 12-25 People

Groups of 12-25 may book a sit down tasting conducted in our warehouse. Tasting fees include a logo glass to keep. Every person in the group must choose one of the following tasting options: 10 tastes for $20, 5 tastes for $10, non-tasters $6. Non-tasters also get the logo glass to keep and may choose from a selection of our Hosmer sodas or bottled water. The group must stay together during the tasting, which includes a mini-tour and shopping in the winery. Please be aware that groups larger than 12 are not permitted on our covered pavilion and so options for remaining on site after the tasting are limited.

Group Tasting for 12-25 Inquiry Form

Group Tastings of 25-50 People

Groups of this size who want to do a tasting on Friday, Saturday or Sunday require a partial buyout of our pavilion. If interested in more details please fill out inquiry form.

 

Group Tasting for 25-50 Inquiry Form

Private Events

Are you looking to host a small event in a unique and private setting?

The covered pavilion at Taylor Brooke Winery offers sweeping views of our vineyard as well as a close up view of our manufacturing area. Groups of 20-50 people can celebrate their special event after hours and enjoy our wine from a private service bar right in our tank room. Bring your own food, or have your event catered.

If you are interested in learning more about events, please fill out our inquiry form.

Private Event Inquiry Form

Tours

Guided tour with tasting available on Thursdays for groups of 8 or more. Reservations required.

Take a tour through our vineyard with a staff member. Learn about the history of the land, our journey with the vineyard, and get the current harvest report. Next, start your tasting in our warehouse as you get a behind the scenes look at our production area. Returning to our pavilion, continue your tasting and upon completion, enjoy our unique gift shop, take a relaxing stroll through the grounds, or relax on site with your favorite picnic lunch. $30 per person. Includes 10 tastes and our logo glass to keep. If interested, fill out the form below and we will contact you to book your reservation.

Tours Inquiry Form

Pet Policy

When we first opened many years ago, we invited visitors to bring their pets on the property. But in recent years we’ve had numerous issues with that open invitation. We wish it hadn’t come to it, but unfortunately we cannot allow pets (other than our own) at Taylor Brooke. We hope you can respect this policy. If you bring a pet with you, we ask that you leave them in the car with the windows open–or your best bet is to leave your pets at home while you visit us.

Thank you for your understanding!

Bringing Children?

When you visit the vineyard, it is a great opportunity to show your children the grapes (please don’t eat them, we need them for the wine!) and talk about where our food (and in this case, drink) come from.

Please remember that wineries are an adult destination. Our tasting room is full of gift items (many made of glass) and bottles of wine and we ask that children not be allowed to run inside for their safety. If your children are crying or yelling loudly, please be considerate of our other guests and bring them outside until they calm down.

A Little Bit About Us

The Founders

Richard (Dick) A. Auger, Winemaker/Owner (March 19, 1955 – March 3, 2017)

Dick was a co-founder and owner of Taylor Brooke Winery. 25 years ago Dick found himself working for a biotech start up filled with engineers, chemists, and biologists who tinkered in their home labs brewing beer. Never a fan of beer, Dick participated by making wine, drawing on the knowledge of his colleagues to work out the kinks in the wine making process. That tinkering was the inspiration that eventually led to the development of Taylor Brooke Winery 10 years later.

Due to his inability to sit still and and relax, Dick felt compelled to build this winery while working his very full time job as a Global Director of Facilities Management for top firms in the U.S. He traveled often for work, returning inspired from local cuisine and beverage. Dick’s passion in the kitchen translated quite easily to passion for developing new wines.

Dick’s recent passing was a devastating loss to all he touched over the last 12 years of being in business. We his family intend to honor his vision of inclusion and expansion, of education and community, by moving forward as he would have wanted.

Linda Auger, Tasting Room Manager/Owner

Linda is a co-founder and owner of Taylor Brooke Winery. You could say Linda started it all when she purchased a wine kit for Dick as a Christmas gift 22 years ago. Linda’s primary focus is as Tasting Room manager. She runs a highly curated retail shop of locally sourced goods. On the weekends, she spends most of her time in the tasting room managing staff and assisting guests. She is also in charge of all things HR, marketing, and social media, and is our business manager. Linda represents Taylor Brooke winery on countless boards and committees, focusing on promoting and preserving small businesses and local agriculture.

The Winemaker

Nikki Auger, Winemaker/Owner

Nikki is an owner and the Winemaker at Taylor Brooke Winery. She began making wine in the kitchen with Dick when she was 16, and joined him as his assistant making wine and directing operations of the vineyard and winery in August 2016. She has spent over 15 years in the food and beverage industry working at top restaurants in Boston, as well as wineries in Northern California. During the week she can be found in the cellar tasting, testing, strategizing with the vineyard team, and overseeing winery operations. On the weekends, her focus is on assisting Linda with the management of the tasting room. She is also in charge of events.

The Vineyard Manager

Paul Crowley, Vineyard Manager

Paul has been in his position at the winery for over 6 years now. He started his second career in wine by studying viticulture and enology at a local institution. He works with Nikki to oversee vineyard as well as cellar operations. Paul helps to assess and maintain the health of the grapes in the vineyard identifying and anticipating pests and problems. In the cellar, Paul keeps us on schedule guiding grapes from harvest to bottle.

Wine Dogs

When you visit Taylor Brooke Winery for the first time, you will probably notice the column of dog portraits on the wall of the main tasting room stone bar.  They were painted by a former employee, Jessica Machnicki Daigle. The “top dog” was Zima, who died at 12 years old in March 2012.  We rescued Zima at the age of 1 ½ from the Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL).  You will also notice one of our most popular wines is named in her memory; Wine Dog 1 and we donate $1 per bottle sold to the WARL.

Zima was an “only child” dog until we rescued Georgia in 2006 from a rescue located in the state of Georgia.  Georgia had obviously been abused and was extremely shy and skittish with people, but loved Zima. After Zima figured out that people could love more than one dog at a time, they became friends and loved hanging out on the couch together.

After Zima passed away, we rescued Addison (April 2012) at age of 2ish from The Good Dog Rescue in TN.  Addison is our social butterfly that hasn’t met a person she doesn’t love (she especially loves belly rubs), but is territorial with dogs other than Georgia.  Addison has a special relationship with one of our resident hawks, Taylor, and can be heard barking at it while out on walks. When Addison joined the family, she seems to have given Georgia the security and confidence to come out of her shell and not be as frightened of people as she was for much of her life.

When you do come in for a visit, Addison may be in the tasting room, so we ask that you do not let her out, since she is a runner who is hard to catch! Go ahead and click on the pictures below to learn more about our wine dogs.

Painting of Wine Dog Addison

Addison

Painting of Wine Dog Addison

Georgia

Zima

Questions? Send us an email!