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In 1663 King Charles II explicitly encouraged winegrowing in Rhode Island through the colony’s Royal Charter. Wineries operated in the state until Prohibition. But the state’s modern winemaking era did not begin until 1975 when Sakonnet Vineyards was established in Little Compton. Today, there are a handful of small to medium-sized wineries, producing high-quality wines from French hybrid and cool-climate vinifera varieties. Although not really an island, the state does have a large coastline-to-land ratio and is commonly referred to as the Ocean State. The Gulf Stream-warmed Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay provide tremendous maritime moderation in both summer and winter, making Rhode Island’s climate one of the mildest in the east. Winter temperatures rarely dip below zero and cooler summers with longer autumns produce fine European-style wines from vineyards within the Southeastern New England AVA. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

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  • Diamond Hill Vineyards

    The Berntson family planted their first vines in 1976. Planting has continued and 4 acres of the ...

  • Greenvale Vineyards

    Greenvale Vineyards produces small quantities of exceptional estate grown wines. We are located l...

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