It may surprise you to learn that there are over a dozen small wineries in Rhode Island. The state's coastal climate and soil is accommodating to a number of wine grapes from whites and rosé to reds and dessert wines. With the perfect location that has ample sunlight, moderate temperatures, and a constant breeze, parts of Rhode Island are great for all kinds of agriculture, including wine grapes! Any wine lover on a lark to one of our boutique Newport hotels will want to visit these wineries near Newport. From a historic farm winery to a modern brewery-winery hybrid, these wineries near Newport make for an enjoyable afternoon exploring the area.
This 60-acre vineyard is on Aquidneck, an area known for its farms, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Newport. The winery was founded in the late 1970s and takes advantage of the unique microclimate on this neck of land. Newport Vineyards produces nearly 30 varietals of wine, so whether you like your wine dry, jammy, sweet, or citrusy, you'll find a wine grown right on site that you like. There's also hard cider and several beers brewed here, so this winery near Newport is the perfect place to visit with a group that might not all be interested in wine. A full restaurant serves lunch and dinner, so you can enjoy a longer visit.
Just a few miles north of Newport, this winery grows a wide variety of wine grapes and produces a small amount of wine on site. This 27-acre farm has been in the same family since the 1860s and has been making wine since the early 90s. From pinot gris to chardonnay, this winery near Newport specializes in whites but also has a few reds. Visit year-round during tasting room hours or on weekends for a tour. Special events like live jazz, author events, and children's story time add another layer of fun to this unique farm winery near Newport.
A little further away from Newport, this winery is worth the 40-minute drive onto the neighboring peninsula. This large winery has been making wine since 1975 and was purchased by Alex and Ani's creative director, Carolyn Rafaelian, in 2012. Sakonnet Vineyard produces mostly reds, due to the unique climate of the property, while other varieties include dessert wines and a sparkling wine. Daily tastings are available and in the summer months; a café on site means you can grab a light lunch. Picnics on the winery's grounds are popular, so bring a blanket enjoy a bottle of your favorite wine after a tasting.