Although small in size compared to other states, Rhode Island shows its big, beautiful personality when it comes to quality wines.
Located near the Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island has one of the most moderate climates in the Northeast. The state’s coastal location and mild, cooler climate results in wonderfully balanced red, white, rose and dessert wines that display excellent acidity. Not to mention the breathtaking views from its wineries, too!
Some of the most popular grape varieties grown include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Fruit wines are also worth giving a whirl…(or should we say swirl), as Rhode Island grows incredibly tasty apples, blueberries, and blackberries (among many others)..
The only thing that could elevate your wine tasting experience in this striking little gem is to pair the wines with some iconic, fresh Rhode Island seafood. Cheers to the top wineries in Rhode Island!
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1. Tapped Apple Cidery & Winery
Overview: Open for tastings Fridays through Sundays, this little slice of paradise offers the best that apples have to offer. Started as a hobby by owner, John Weidenheft III in 2003, the wine that he was creating soon became a reason to have friends and family over.
After careful planning, Tapped Apple was born in downtown Westerly 14 years later. The winery offers almost a dozen varieties of apple wines, as well as gourmet charcuterie boards and chocolate truffles. What else could you want?
2. Nickle Creek Vineyard
CW Score: 77.9
Address: 12 King Rd Foster, RI 02825
Overview: Located in the gorgeous area of Foster, Nickle Creek Vineyard is a family-owned winery that has worked extremely hard throughout the years to produce the highest-quality wines possible. The winery has won numerous gold medals for their excellent red, white, and fruit wines.
Although dogs aren’t allowed on the property for safety reasons, this dog-loving winery donates part of the profits of their “Two Dog White Wine” to different canine charities each year to help our pups in need.
3. Diamond Hill Vineyards
CW Score: 75.9
Overview: This small, relaxed, family-owned and operated winery is situated in the quaint area of Cumberland. Kick back and relax on the porch chairs with a glass of wine while admiring the gorgeous surrounding greenery. There are also charming bistro-style tables sprawled throughout the beautifully manicured outdoor area.
A small selection of cheeses and crackers are also available, or you are always welcome to bring your own picnic! The winery is open Thursdays through Sundays, and offers a wide range of wines to suit everyone’s tastes.
4. Verde Vineyards
CW Score: 75.0
Address: 50 Hopkins Ave Johnston, RI 02919
Overview: Overlooking the beautiful Moswansicut Lake, Verde Vineyards is a true nature lover’s sanctuary. Surround yourself with green, flourishing vineyards and abundant blankets of grass while you indulge in Verde’s incredible wine.
The winery is open for tastings Fridays through Sundays and all major holidays. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the serenity that you’ve been looking for. All of their delicious wines are estate grown and carefully handcrafted. It’s no surprise the wines have won multiple awards!
5. Greenvale Vineyards
CW Score: 74.8
Address: 582 Wapping Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Overview: This dreamy, waterfront winery provides picturesque views, 100% estate grown wines, and an exceptional picnicking area. The eighth-generation family run winery strongly focuses on producing outstanding wines with authenticity. Taking pride in viticultural techniques, the winery also has phenomenal soil, topography, and a prime climate to tie their fantastic wines together.
If you love taking a walk through the vineyards to see where all of the magic starts, vineyard tours are also available during certain times of the year, by reservation.