Better known as a one-time playground to the rich during the gilded age, tiny Rhode Island has been a wine producing state since Sakonnet Vineyards first opened its’ doors in 1975. Since those humble beginnings, Rhode Island’s wine industry has grown to five wineries, the majority of which are located in the southern part of the state near the moderating influence of the coast. These wineries produce their wine from Rhode Island grapes or other fruit.
Portions of Rhode Island (Bristol, Newport, Providence, and Washington counties) are part of the Southeastern New England American Viticultural Area (AVA), an AVA which was established in 1984 and and includes parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Many of Rhode Island’s wineries are part of the Coastal Wine Trail of Southeastern New England.
Wineries in Rhode Island
- Diamond Hill Vineyards, Cumberland, Rhode Island
- Greenvale Vineyards, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
- Langworthy Farm Winery, Westerly, Rhode Island
- Newport Vineyards, Middletown, Rhode Island
- Sakonnet Vineyards, Little Compton, Rhode Island