The wine industry in Rhode Island has a rich and interesting history, beginning with the approval of land for wine production by King Charles II of England, right in the state’s charter as an English colony. Partly due to its location near the Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island has a very moderate climate for a Northeastern state, and wine grapes do very well here. Looking for Pinot Gris, Riesling, Meritage and more? Look no further than the outstanding wines of Rhode Island. For more information on the vineyards and wineries of Rhode Island, as well as some recommended wines, see below.
Greenvale Vineyards. This small Rhode Island winery produces only estate grown wines from its historical vineyards, located along the Sakonnet River. The Greenvale farm has been owned by the same family since 1863, and is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. These Rhode Island vineyards produce 3,500 cases of wine each year from their own 24 acres of grapes. Be sure to try their 2007 Chardonnay Select, a lovely white wine with aromas that include oak and pear, followed by delicious flavors of apple and vanilla. Also try their 2008 Rosecliff Pinot Gris, a white wine which has aromas of pear and almond, and flavors that include lemon and smoke. For more information on this Rhode Island winery and its wines, click here.
Newport Vineyards. Established in 1977, these Rhode Island vineyards grow over 60 acres of wine grapes that flourish in the microclimate created by the Gulf Stream and the Narragansett Bay. Newport Vineyards Great White Wine has won gold medals at the Eastern International Wine Competition, and is this winery’s best selling wine. For an outstanding sample of the wines of this vineyard, be sure to try their 2009 Newport Riesling, a sweet white wine which has aromas of floral and apple, followed by flavors of melon and peach. Also try their 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, a delicious white wine with aromas of lemon-grass and gooseberry, and flavors that include vanilla and smoke. For more information on this Rhode Island winery and its wines, click here.
Sakonnet Vineyards. These Rhode Island vineyards have been creating fine wines for 35 years. They consist of over fifty acres planted with wine grapes, including Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. This Rhode Island winery produces more than 30,000 cases of wine each year, and every five years they release a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc to celebrate their anniversary. Their 2007 Chardonnay (no oak) is an excellent example of Rhode Island’s finest wines, with aromas of green apples and lime, followed by flavors of citrus and toast. Also try their 2007 Cabernet Franc, their signature red wine, which has delightful aromas of nutmeg and black pepper, followed by flavors of black currants and raspberries. For more information on this Rhode Island winery and its wines, click here.