Spring Hill Arts Gathering aka SHAG welcomes you to explore and engage with public programs that connect artists with nature, nurture diverse perspectives through creative collaborations and conversations, and share abundance within the Washington, CT community.
Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia founded Spring Hill Vineyards in 2006. In 2017, they began work on a wooded corner of their farm that has since become home to the Spring Hill Arts Gathering, evolving from a modest wine-tasting venue to a center for community celebrations and cultural exchanges.
Built from reclaimed siding and beams 150 years old, our modern barn was completed in 2020. With 6,500 square feet of open entertaining space, the experience is accented by bar, lighting, and restroom concepts created by artist and master builder Randy Polumbo and rotating art exhibitions. Exterior activations between our main space and full chef’s kitchen include artwork by Lauren Booth.
Our unique amphitheatre and wine cave are created by sculptor Mark Mennin. Sourced from Connecticut pink granite and other native stones, Mennin was inspired by the Vineyard to design our main stage with symbolism for the senses. The circular stage represents an eye, and the cave’s floor rolls out like a tongue gesturing to its visitors.
Part of the original infrastructure of our working farm, this historic grain silo was airlifted and reinstalled in its current home in 2018. Relying heavily on our team of local workers and contractors, artist Randy Polumbo has imagined a dazzling site-specific grotto. Activated around the clock, no two experiences in the Bee Brook Grotto are the same.
SPRING HILL VINEYARDS grow on a historic farm dating to the 18th century located along the banks of the Shepaug River in New Preston, Connecticut. Nestled among rolling hills and hay fields, our hidden valley offers a unique microclimate, featuring southwestern facing slopes with rocky, well-drained soils and moderated weather influenced by the river itself. These characteristics provide a distinctive terroir for our vines, which we began planting in 2006.