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Like neighboring Connecticut, Rhode Island vineyards benefit from the milder southern New England coastal climate..and enthusiastic wine-lovers.
 

 

 

   

Rhode Island, the Ocean State, has a mild climate because of its low altitude and moderating sea breezes—good for raising grapes for wine.

The shores of the Sakonnet River, which makes its way south from Mount Hope Bay to Rhode Island Sound on the east side of Aquidneck Island, is the most favored location for the state's vineyards. The mild sea-tempered climate allows for a long growing season and moderate winters.

Here's a map of Rhode Island wineries.

"Little Rhody" may not be large, but one doesn't need huge tracts of land for vineyards to make good wine. Several Rhode Island wineries (Sakonnet Vineyards of Little Compton is a prime example) have been doing it for decades—since 1975 in the case of Sakonnet.

Newer wineries, such as Newport Vineyards, lost no time in catching up, having planted it s first vines in 1977. Newport Vineyards' Vidal Ice Wine is exquisite!

Diamond Hill Vineyards

3145 Diamond Hill Road
Cumberland RI 02864
Tel. 800-752-2505

Greenvale Vineyards

582 Wapping Road
Portsmouth RI 02871
Tel. 401-847-3777
information@greenvale.com

Newport Vineyards

909 East Main Road (RI Route 138),
Middletown RI 02842
Tel. 401-848-5161
info@newportvineyards.com

Sakonnet Vineyards

162 West Main Road
Little Compton RI
Tel. 401-635-8407
info@sakonnetwine.com

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Newport Vineyards, Middletown RI

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