Rhode Island

Rhode Island Wine Overview

Rhode Island has the advantage of being aided by warmer Gulf Stream waters in the summer and fall. Cool climate grapes grow in Rhode Island vineyards, and the state is particularly known for its white wines, most notably Rieslings. The state is part of the Southeastern New England American Viticultural Area (AVA), which also includes parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Rhode Island Wine Trails

There are two wine trails that include Rhode Island wineries. The first is actually a two-state trail (Massachusetts and Rhode Island) called the Coastal Wine Trail. The trail encompasses nine wineries in the coastal areas of both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Four of the wineries are in Rhode Island: Langworthy Farm Winery, Newport Vineyards, Greenvale Vineyards and Sakonnet Vineyards.

New to the wine trail scene in the fall of 2011 is the Central Rhode Island Wine Trail, which consists of two wineries, and two associate members (a local bistro and a hotel). The wineries are ShelaLara Vineyards and Winery and Leyden Farm Vineyards, a three-generation family farm that’s new to winemaking.

Rhode Island: Small State, Big Wine

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