Rhode Island

The Ocean State

Rhode Island, the smallest state in the Union at only 1,545 square miles, is tucked into the far southeastern corner of New England, with Connecticut to its west, Massachusetts to the North and East, and Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean to the South.  One of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island was the first state to declare Independence from Great Britain (5.4.1776) and the last to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

While there are only a handful of wineries in Rhode Island, the state has a rich winemaking history dating back to King Charles II, who, in 1663, “inserted wording in the Rhode Island Royal Charter to encourage wine production in the new colony.” The “modern” or post-prohibition age of winemaking dates to 1975 with the opening of the Sakkonet Vineyards in Little Compton, just north of Newport.

Rhode Island Wineries

Rhode Island Wine Vital Statistics
Number of Wineries: 9
AVAs: Southeastern New England AVA
Wine Trails: Coastal Wine Trail
Year 1st Winery Established 1663
Varietals Cultivated: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling
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