Exploring the 260 AVAs in the United States is an exciting journey in geographic variation. An under-explored area of interest is the Nutmeg State – Connecticut. Despite ranking in the bottom quarter of wine producing states, Connecticut’s wine geography is varied and nuanced. With three distinct AVAs, 79 bonded wineries, and hundreds of millions of dollars of estimated annual economic impact, wine in Connecticut deserves a deeper look. This essay reflects on the nature of wine production in Connecticut by reviewing the establishment of its three AVAs, considering the factors that went into their establishment by reviewing documentation from initial proposals published in the federal register, and mapping the separate AVAs in question. Further, discussion of the newest Connecticut AVA, the approval of which in 2019 makes it one of the newer AVAs in the country, investigates how wineries are adopting the use of these AVAs on their production.

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