Rhode Island-Based Gooseneck Vineyards Takes Wine Lovers on a Journey
Liana Buonanno and Paul Fede search globally for the perfect grapes, then match them up with top winemakers to bottle their nine varietals.
There’s a lot that goes into making good wine, and Liana Buonanno and Paul Fede go the extra 4,000 miles for their Rhode Island-based winemaking business, Gooseneck Vineyards. The partners travel from the Ocean State to Europe, and even to New Zealand, to find the perfect grapes in every wine-growing region, then they match up those grapes with the top winemakers for each varietal and bottle their portfolio of nine wines under the Gooseneck label.
“We go wherever in the world that grapes grow best, find winemakers to help us make the wine, then we bottle it and bring it back, and that’s why the end result over-delivers for the price point,” says Buonanno. The wines run in the $15 per bottle range, and are available in sixteen states and at local retailers. Ask your own local wine store to carry it.
Gooseneck is named for a picturesque cove along Ocean Drive in Newport and the label evokes exactly what they’re hoping customers will connect with on the preppy, New England-themed bottles.
“We wanted something that exemplified where we are from, where we grew up, where we spent time playing on the beaches of our shoreline, where we fish, where we boat and where we have those memories,” Fede says. “Our label captures a lot of the colors that we see along the shorelines.”
Open a bottle of the rose or prosecco, even in winter, and transport yourself back to that awesome summer day spent at the beach with friends and family. Or, pop open a bottle of pinot noir and suddenly remember that fantastic dinner party from months past. “It’s one thing to produce a great bottle of wine, and another thing to have that attraction on the retail shelf that generates an emotional response from the customer,” Fede says.
The partners put a lot of work into searching for grapes and tasting different wines to find the right fits for the Gooseneck label. From their award-winning pinot noir to the versatile rose, each one earns a spot on the holiday table. “People think sparkling when it comes to the holidays, and for me, sparkling is an every day celebration,” Buonanno says. “People also think of rose as a summer wine, but it’s such a good holiday wine because it’s dry and pairs with so many different things on the table.”
The partners know good wine when they taste it. Buonanno is from Europe and speaks several languages, which helps build relationships with European farms and vineyards. Fede grew up helping out at his family’s third-generation wine store in Rhode Island, and he went on to work for Sonoma County’s Kenwood Vineyards for more than a decade. “I am very comfortable pushing winemaking and delivering something consumers are looking for, and something we could be proud of,” he says.
Wine lovers can choose from Gooseneck’s prosecco, brut rose, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, rose, pinot noir, Heritage Red and cabernet sauvignon. “Every single wine we make has its own story,” Buonanno says, explaining how the pinot grigio was created based on where the grapes grow best, the Veneto region of Italy with a micro-climate that’s close to the Adriatic Sea and sheltered by the Dolomite Mountains. They got the grapes, then found a woman-run winemaking family in Piedmont to make their wine.
“We get the grapes in Veneto, we work with them to make the pinot grigio, and then we bring it to the United States,” says Buonanno. “We put our heart and soul into each and every bottle.” gooseneckvineyards.com
Just in time for holiday parties, here’s a recipe to make Gooseneck Vineyards’ Pomegranate Prosecco Punch.