9 Rhode Island Vineyards and Wineries to Sip and Stroll Your Way Through this Spring and Summer
There's no time like the present to tour through some of Rhode Island's world-class vineyards and wineries.
Diamond Hill Vineyards
A small family-run winery that’s cultivated pinot noir grapes since 1976 using French barrel oaks for aging.
TRY: the Scarlet Run red or the luscious cranberry apple variation.
HOURS: Open Thursday through Saturday from 12–4 p.m. and Sundays from 12–3 p.m.
3145 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland, 401-333-2751, diamondhillvineyards.com
Located on the Andrew Brown homestead (circa 1730). Take advantage of their wine and pierogi pairings.
TRY: the smooth, green apple- and pear-flavored pinot gris.
HOURS: Tasting available Saturdays and Sundays from 11a.m.–4 p.m.
95 Pound Rd., Chepachet, 401-217-9288, mulberryvineyards.com
A tranquil, picturesque vineyard overlooking Moswansicut Lake.
TRY: the award-winning St. Croix (a medium-bodied red hybrid with fruit and soft tannins).
HOURS: Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (8 p.m. June through August).
50 Hopkins Ave., Johnston, 401-934-2317, verdevineyardsri.com
Nickle Creek Vineyard
Ten acres featuring a variety of grapes, including cayuga white, noiret, riesling and chambourcin. Join their Select Cru wine club and receive four hand-selected bottles three times a year.
TRY: the crisp and refreshing, estate-grown Foster White or the succulent Wicked Peach white wine.
HOURS: Tasting room open Saturdays and Sundays from 12–5 p.m.
12 King Rd., Foster, 401-369-3694, nicklecreekvineyard.com
Leyden Farm Vineyard and Winery
An active farm for three generations, Leyden began the process of producing fruit-essence (i.e. strawberries, blueberries) wines in 2010.
TRY: the sweet cabernet sauvignon rosé with notes of black currant, medium acidity and a savory finish.
HOURS: Open daily from 12–5 p.m. (with wine tastings available until 4 p.m.)
160 Plain Meeting House Rd., West Greenwich, 401-392-1133, leydenfarm.com
Note: Gooseneck’s winery is currently undergoing renovations, but its wines are available to purchase online or from local retailers.
Co-founded and run by two cousins, Gooseneck seeks out and relies on the best grape-growing regions in the world for their wines.
TRY: the citrussy-up-front prosecco or the fruity-meets-floral Heritage Red.
Situated on more than 100 acres of historically preserved farmland. Offers estate-grown wines and locally sourced food (plus an on-site restaurant and brewery).
TRY: the tropical Great White, the cherry and nutmeg Gemini Red or the wild grape Bellevue Blush.
HOURS: The Winery is open Mondays (bar service and retail only) from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 12–6 p.m.*, Saturdays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.* and Sundays 11 a.m.–5 p.m.*
*last reservation time of the day.
909 East Main Rd. (Rte 138), Middletown, 401-848-5161, newportvineyards.com
Greenvale is a sixth-generation family farm nestled along the Sakonnet River. Enjoy live jazz from the picnic area on Saturdays.
TRY: the well-balanced, dry and bright Greenvale Chardonnay.
HOURS: Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sundays from 12–6 p.m.
582 Wapping Rd., Portsmouth, 401-847-3777, greenvale.com
Get a taste of both local and global offerings at the state’s newest addition to the wine world. Don’t sleep on this all-in-one wedding destination, offering guests to sip, stay and play at this picturesque manor leading up to the wedding day.
TRY: wine flight with chocolate pairing from Hauser Chocolatier.
HOURS: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
4780 Tower Hill Rd., South Kingstown, 401-386-4956, shepherds.run
WinterHawk Vineyards in West Kingston
Langworthy Farm in Westerly
Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT