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Hopkins Fields

A Rich History

1620The Hopkins Family is descendant of Stephen Hopkins, a passenger on the Mayflower voyage.
1787 Elijah Hopkins purchased the Hopkins Farm in 1787 after returning from the revolutionary war.
1956 William L Hopkins took over the running of the family dairy farm in 1956.
1978 Connecticut State Legislation passed the Farm Winery Act in 1978.
1979 William and Judith Hopkins filed for the farm Winery permit in 1979. The dairy herd was sold and the vineyard and winery was started.
1980 Restoration on the 19th century barn began.
1988 The U.S Department of Agriculture honors the Hopkins Farm as a Bicentennial Farm, having been in the same family since the birth of the U.S. Constitution.

The appellation Western Connecticut Highlands was granted by the United States Treasury Department. The Western Connecticut Highlands AVA is an American Viticultural Area that includes all of Litchfield and parts of Fairfield, New Haven, and Hartford counties in Connecticut.
2005 William and Judith Hopkins appointed their daughter Hilary as president of Hopkins Vineyard.
2011 William Hopkins was honored as Wine Person of the Year by the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association.
2012 Hopkins Vineyard hosted a colonial themed event to celebrate 225 years of family farming. Received proclamation from Gov. Dannel Malloy honoring Elijah Hopkins on July 7, 2012 as an American patriot, family man and farmer for his contribution to our country.
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