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More Than Wine Tastings

Go to these local vineyards for the wine, stay for the live music, seasonal festivals and great food


Live Music
Newport Vineyards in Middletown hosts Fireside Live Music Fridays - November 17 is Sam Woolf from American Idol - and Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth hosts a jazz band in the tasting room every Saturday afternoon. Running Brook in North Dartmouth has live music in the tasting room every weekend. The first weekend in November is all rock and roll: November 3 is the Buzzard Blue Band, and November 4 is Outcry.

Shop for Local Food
The Aquidneck Growers’ Market happens at Newport Vineyards every Saturday morning 9am-1pm.

Celebrate the Season
Greenvale is hosting their Harvest Festival on November 11, with food trucks, tractor rides and family fun. The Westport Rivers Open House on November 25 celebrates local food and their wines, but also the holidays, with Christmas music and festivities.

Have Lunch or Dinner
Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton has a Local Mercantile Vineyard Cafe, serving small plates and lunch. Newport Vineyards is home to the casual Vineyard Cafe, which serves breakfast and lunch - don’t miss their killer cheese plates - and more formal Brix Restaurant, serving dinner nightly.

Appreciate Local Art
Westport Rivers’ tasting room is also a gallery filled with paintings by local artists.

Take a Hike

The Aquidneck Land Trust’s Sakonnet Greenway Trail passes through Newport Vineyards, so you can stop and walk through the vines or have a glass of wine on your morning bird walk (no judgement here).

See How the Wine Is Made
Westport Rivers, Greenvale, Newport Vineyards and Carolyn’s Sakonnet all offer guided tours of the winemaking process on the weekends. November is an especially good time to see wine being made, since it’s the end of the harvest time and all of the grapes are being processed. On November 10, Carolyn’s Sakonnet is offering a “What’s That Smell?” tasting class led by Deborah Daniels, their director of wine education.