Originally settled in 1644, the Rose family farm is one of the oldest, family-run farms in the country. Over the years, the Rose farm evolved from a traditional New England farm, meant to serve a young, thriving family, to an operating orchard allowing patrons to purchase the freshly farmed produce. However, in 1938 a powerful, category 3 hurricane, also known as the Great New England Hurricane destroyed most of Long Island, southern New England, as well as the Rose Farm. This hurricane was considered the most destructive storm to strike this region in the 20th Century but with a farmer’s tenacity, the family farm continued to operate but changed their practices to a dairy farm instead of the orchard it once was before the storm. In 1975, tragedy struck the farm once again, but this time from an electrical fire that destroyed the many barns on the property, including one dating back to the 1700’s. Again, the Rose family farm regrouped and continued to farm the land. In 1981, the family decided a farm market would be a great opportunity to sell their produce as well as other farm commodities and the farm market off Route 139 was constructed. The farm market still remains to this day with the twelfth generation of the Rose family running the day to day operations.
With the mindset of always needing to grow and expand but while still remaining true to the family’s farming traditions and history, the idea of a farm winery and vineyard came to life. In 2017 the first acre of wine grapes was planted on the Rose family property, parallel to Route 139. Embracing the new concept of “agri-tourism” – where agriculture and tourism meet to provide an amazing education experience – the Roses decided to build a wine-making facility as well as a wine tasting room. The winery evokes a place for community involvement and promotes our passion for farming, enology and viticulture.
After decades of farming the same land, the Roses understand the importance of constantly changing, that family is life, and ensuring that things are left better for those yet to come so the family legacy can continue to thrive and grow.
We welcome you to our farm. Cheers!
Rose Vineyards and Winery is a family-run business focusing on viticulture, enology and wine education utilizing the best environmental and sustainable practices while ensuring the highest quality. We are proud to have expanded our family-farm with the addition of our vineyard, which will continue our commitment to the land and to our community. Our wine making philosophy is simple: Let nature do the work! We believe simple is best, allowing the vintage year to dictate the outcome of the wine with very little manipulation. We personally invite you into our boutique winery, perched on top of a hill in southern Connecticut to sample our small batch and award-winning wines. From our family to yours – Cheers!