It was truly a wonderful experience. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the smiling Neviana Zhgaba, co-owner, and brainchild of the vineyard. She welcomed us and led us to our table. Scheduled for our evening at the vineyard was the Set3 Jazz Trio. The trio performed an evening full of Broadway past and present and Pop songs and Jazz.
I spent the night serenaded by the trio, noshing on a delicious Graze & Co cheese box, sipping on the vineyards Rosé and Moscato, and I was able to purchase a jar of my favorite dark chocolate and peanut butter bites from BD Provisions that the vineyard has in stock.
Aquila’s Nest Vineyards is the perfect place for all types of outings.
I have visited with my husband on a date night and with girlfriends on a girls’ night out. The vineyard is family and pet-friendly so that you can bring your children and four-legged friend for a day out. There is both indoor and outdoor seating as well as cozy firepits for chilly evenings. Many local photographers have taken advantage of the stunning landscape and use it for photoshoots.
Aquila’s Nest Vineyards has an active calendar of events for all types of interests and a rotation of local food trucks. There is something for everyone at this fantastic destination!
More About Aquila’s Nest Vineyards
Aquila’s Nest Vineyards is an innovative, family-owned winery, tasting room, and event
venue. Aquila, Latin for “eagle,” is appropriately perched on a hilltop in Newtown,
Connecticut and is western Connecticut’s newest gathering place dedicated to inspiring
connections and communities. Situated 14 miles northeast of Danbury, the winery is 90
minutes north of New York City by car and easily accessible to travelers.
The beautiful 41-acre experience-focused winery is the brainchild of enophiles, Neviana
Zhgaba and Ardian Lomi purchased the former 200-year-old farm in 2016. Drawing
on their Mediterranean heritage, the Aquila’s Nest Vineyard experience intermingles
mythology, art, and wine to create a story that will define the guest experience from the
moment one enters the driveway, to the first peak of the Mediterranean statues in front
the winery entrance.
The new brushed-steel barn-like winery makes a stark, simple silhouette against the
region’s famously bucolic landscape and the mesmerizing vineyard sunsets. Rooted in
simplicity and inspired by the colors of nature, the 4,000-square foot facility shares
production space with a 75-seat wine bar and tasting room, which opens to an outdoor
seating terrace overlooking the vineyards.
The contemporary barn integrates refurbished materials with a warm, authentic and
artistic industrial design, where a bevy of glass windows and doors allows a wash of
natural light to stream across the stained concrete floor; the room is dressed with soft
vintage lighting that accentuates the height of the barrel-vaulted ceiling. A baby grand
piano takes center stage and welcomes visitors who’ve planned a day trip to the
destination and those stopping to have a family picnic and partake in the wine tasting
Entertaining guests with a variety of wine pairing events, providing intimate fire pits
outdoor seating, promoting local women and minority-owned businesses and creating
community connections have been a focus at Aquila’s Nest Vineyards since their
October 2020 debut.