Rhode Island Wine

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the US, occupying just 1215 square miles (3140 sq km) in the country's far north-eastern corner. Both cool-climate vinifera and hybrid grape varieties are grown in the maritime-influenced state, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Vidal.

Greenvale Vineyards near Portsmouth, RI
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Rhode Island contains just one AVA (not surprising, given that nearly 30 AVAs have surface areas larger than the entire state) – the rather general Southeastern New England, which it shares with Massachusetts and Connecticut. There are around 11 wineries spread across the state.

Rhode Island is located between Connecticut and Massachusetts on the northern shores of Long Island Sound. Despite its name, the state is far from being an island; it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean only on one side of its slightly uneven rectangular shape. The origins of the name date back to early migrant days and the merger of the two colonies called Providence Plantations and Rhode Island. At that time, the name referred only to the island now called Aquidneck upon which Newport sits.

In the 1660s, the early American colonists were actively encouraged by King Charles II to grow wine grapes in the area now known as Rhode Island. (Charles II of Spain made viticulture illegal in Mexico just 30 years later). Viticulture developed steadily until the arrival 250 years later of Prohibition, which effectively annihilated wine production in most US states, including Rhode Island. It was not until the mid-1970s that signs of recovery were first observable, following the American wine revolution and widespread government support for viticulture.

The maritime climate in Rhode Island owes much to the Atlantic Gulf Stream, which brings warm waters up from the Equator via the Straits of Florida. The effect of the Gulf Stream is twofold: it prevents the Rhode Island winters from becoming too cold and also allows the ocean-moderated summer temperatures to rise to high, yet comfortable, levels. This makes the growing season in Rhode Island longer than in more-inland parts of New England, and constant sea breezes help to temper the effects of high humidity by keeping the canopy dry.

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Most Popular Rhode Island Wine

Based on search frequency, updated monthly
Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Newport Vineyards Great White, Rhode Island, USA Rare White Blend 31,550th 84 $10
Ragged Island Brewing Co. 'Oktoberfest' Marzen Lager Beer, Rhode Island, USA Beer 63,690th $7
Sons of Liberty Seasonal Release Pumpkin Spice Flavored Whiskey, Rhode Island, USA Whiskey - Liqueur - Flavored 70,683rd 85 $60
Sakonnet Rhode Island Red, Southeastern New England, USA Rare Red Blend 87,532nd 85 $23
Sons of Liberty UpRising Single Malt Whiskey, Rhode Island, USA Whisky - Whiskey Malt 90,667th 82 $52
Narragansett Brewing Co. Del's Hard Tea Flavored Malt Beverage, Rhode Island, USA Malt Beverage 94,003rd $3
Newport Vineyards Rhody Coyote Hard Apple Cider, Rhode Island, USA Cider 115,347th $8
Narragansett Brewing Co. Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout Beer, Rhode Island, USA Beer 115,347th 89 $3
Sons of Liberty 'Uprising' Pedro Ximenez Sherry Barrels Finish Single Malt Whiskey, Rhode Island, USA Whisky - Whiskey Malt 115,347th 88 $75
Newport Vineyards In the Buff Chardonnay, Rhode Island, USA Chardonnay 121,006th $12
Newport Distilling Company Sea Fog 7 Year Old Single Malt American Whiskey, Rhode Island, USA Whisky - Whiskey Malt 127,207th 89 $49
Loyal Nine Lemonade Cocktail, Rhode Island, USA Premixed Drinks 127,207th $7
Newport Vineyards Bellevue Blush, Rhode Island, USA Zinfandel 134,087th $11
Greenvale Vineyards Vidal Blanc, Southeastern New England, USA Vidal 150,299th $11
Grey Sail Brewing Captain's Daughter Double IPA Beer, Rhode Island, USA Beer 160,316th 95 $7
Newport Vineyards White Cap Port, Rhode Island, USA Rare White Blend 160,316th $19
Thomas Tew Reserve Rum, Rhode Island, USA Rum 160,316th $49
Sakonnet Vidal Blanc, Southeastern New England, USA Vidal 171,845th 85 $16
Foolproof Brewing Co. 'Pineapple Vango' Sour Ale Beer, Rhode Island, USA Beer 185,233rd $5
Narragansett Brewing Co. Lager Beer, Rhode Island, USA Beer 185,233rd $1
Newport Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Rhode Island, USA Cabernet Franc 185,233rd $19
Newport Vineyards Chardonnay, Rhode Island, USA Chardonnay 185,233rd $18
Revival Brewing Co. 'Night Swim'ah' Belgian Style Wheat Ale Beer, Rhode Island, USA Beer 201,489th 85 $4
Loyal Nine Apple Cider Cocktail, Rhode Island, USA Premixed Drinks 201,489th 85 $7
Narragansett Brewing Co. Fest Marzen Lager Beer, Rhode Island, USA Beer 201,489th $12
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