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.
|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|