On a recent Saturday in October, we drove to a historical Greenvale Vineyards, along the Sakonnet River near Newport, Rhode Island.
We have timed our visit with Jazz Saturday Tasting (May through December 12, 1-4pm).
Tasting includes 7 Greenvale Vineyards’ wines, and is offered all year long ($12-$15, check this link for the hours;).
My favorite was light and fruity Skipping Stone White and Vit enjoyed a brighter Greenvale Chardonnay.
It was a very busy Saturday at the vineyards, and general manager Nancy Parker Wilson herself was helping out at the bar. The farm has been in Nancy’s family since 1863.
A couple of tasting bars were also set up outside for al fresco tasting (you can order by the glass, if you already have your favorite).
Public tours of the vineyards are offered at 2pm on Saturdays and you can also arrange for a private tour by emailing ahead.
There is no food offered for sale at Greenvale Vineyards (outside of special events), so tasters are encouraged to bring cheese plates and picnics. We went to get ours at a nearby Sweet Berry Farm. (Great selection of salads and sandwiches in the farm store). This being a New England fall, I could not pass this most unusual pumpkin display:
Should you visit with kids?
There is no reason to exclude your (“reasonably”) well-behaved kids from a family outing at the vineyards. Bring a picnic, spread your blanket and enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon at the vineyards.
Harvest Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 12 this year (updated for 2016!). There will be tractor rides, face painting and the live music. More details here.
Warm-up for the Holidays afternoon is on Saturday, December 12.
The staff has chosen their own holiday favorites: The 2012 Vidal Blanc and the newly released 2012 Pinot Gris.
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