Coastal Wine Trail \ Coastal Winegrowers of Southeastern New England \ www.coastalwinetrail.com
The Southeastern New England American Viticulture Appellation or SENE AVA (sounds like "sea knee") stretches from Cape Cod and the Islands through the South Coast of Massachusetts and Coastal Rhode Island and Coastal Connecticut. Founded in 1984, the SENE AVA is celebrating a history of 30 years of wine making and growing in 2014.
The common thread through this wine region is our close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and our Southeast facing coastline which captures the warm Gulf Stream waters in the summer and fall. We are a cool grape growing region producing superb white and sparkling wines.
The Coastal Wine Trail winds through the heart of the Southeastern New England AVA. Spend two to three days winding through historic cities and charming villages to visit the nine locally owned wineries that call this region home.
Pick up The Coastal Wine Trail Passport at any one of our wineries to experience world class wines. Our 2014 program runs from February 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. 2014 Passport winners are listed on the Passport page.
Newport Vineyards \ www.newportvineyards.com
Newport Vineyards was originally planted in 1977 on a hill overlooking Rhode Island Sound with the goal of producing fine wines and as a way of preserving beautiful agricultural land from rapid development. Aquidneck Island is blessed with one of the most desirable farming areas in the country, if not the world.
This extraordinary micro-climate is created by a combination of the warm waters of the Gulf Stream to the south and the moderating effects of Narragansett Bay. These conditions provide a long, cool growing season ideal for developing complex flavors in wine.
Since the original vineyard plantings in the 1970s, Newport Vineyards, under the ownership of John and Paul Nunes, has grown to 60 vineyard acres. Below is timeline of significant events in the history of Newport Vineyards.
The Vineyard Today
Newport Vineyards is the largest grower of wine grapes in New England and is recognized as a landmark attraction in Newport County and continues the tradition of growing quality wines on preserved farmland.
With anticipated completion of early 2015 Newport Vineyards is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion including Brix Restaurant, a new marketplace and expanded tasting room.
Greenvale Vineyards \ www.greenvale.com
Greenvale Vineyards produces small quantities of exceptional estate grown wines. We are located along the Sakonnet River in Portsmouth, RI, five miles north of downtown Newport.
Come tour the vineyards, taste and learn about delicious wines, enjoy the beautiful tasting room, the lovely views of the vineyards and the river and hear about a piece of cultural history.
We have jazz every Saturday from May through November and a yearlong schedule of concerts and open houses.
Greenvale Vineyards was built by the present generation's Great, Great Great uncle, John Barstow of Boston throughout the early 1860's.
Barstow built Greenvale with some guidance from a book entitled Country Life by landscape theorist Richard Morris Copeland. Planned and designed by noted Boston architect John Hubbard Sturgis, Barstow's intent was to establish a "rural agricultural retreat but one that would provide occupation as well as recreation," as stipulated in Copeland's book.
Greenvale Farm was originally recognized for its prize winning livestock and in the 20th century we hope it will be recognized for its fine wines. Live music on weekends in summer.
Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Hours: 10-5 daily : (401) 847-3777
Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard \ www.sakonnetwine.com
Historic soil that pioneered the New England wine scene.
The vineyard's microclimate and soil conditions resemble the maritime climate of northern France, allowing for production of some of New England's most popular and distinctive wines. Founded in 1975, the Vineyard includes 150 acres of land with 36 of those acres in production, growing award winning wines.
The Sakonnet Tribe and Land
We feel their presence still. Jeweled with their essence, Sakonnet holds a history of natural beauty and plenty crystallized in the earth. Traces of them still bloom. Bound deeply to the earth and its bounty, the Sakonnet people once lived here. In their native tongue, the land was known as "the place where water pours forth."
Influenced by their presence, the earth calls back to its past in its soil, the roots.
With the arrival of a new world, Benjamin Church and the Plymouth settlers planted a legacy… Hear the trees and the wind's sigh smoothing over the vineyard greens. Sounds which recall the great Sakonnet chief Awashonks, immortal in her terrain.
Queen of the Sakonnets, Awashonks led her people with grace and fearlessness. She forged strategic relations with Benjamin Church, an English settler, which blossomed into a lasting friendship.
With striking confidence she saw her people to safety through war, and endured political tensions-both within the community of colonists and her own tribe. Committed to independence and a pioneer in her own right, her deeds are visible to this day-deeds rooted in the earth, the earth woven with history, offering gifts of spiritual plenty.
Green Valley Country Club \ www.greenvalleyccofri.com
The Green Valley Country Club is an 18 hole championship course, located in picturesque Portsmouth, RI. Known as Newport's finest semi-private country club, it is open to the public.
Green Valley is not only known for its beautiful and challenging course, but it is the perfect spot for banquets, corporate functions, and wedding receptions, and a wonderful dining experience. The banquet facility accommodates up to 200 people.
And, don't forget to stop by Green Valley's fully stocked Pro Shop for all of your golf needs. There are two Golf Professionals on site to help you with all of your needs, including private lessons and junior summer programs.
Green Valley Country Club is just up the street from Shamrock Farm Inn. Through our relationship with Green Valley, we can help youwith a Tee time of your choosing. Mention that you are interested in golf when making your reservation so that we can take care of the details.
Newport National Golf Club \ www.newportnational.com
Welcome to Newport National, your number one choice for a round of golf in Rhode Island.
Here on our grounds you'll find gorgeous wide open terrain, a strong sense of tradition and an award-winning Arthur Hills course design. We also boast a fully-stocked pro shop, membership opportunities and event hosting. We have everything you need to create the ideal day of golf.
Rhode Island Golf at its Finest
There's a lot to like at Newport National, but the real star of the show here is the diverse and high quality course layout. Newport National is a links style course that manages to cater to golfers of all ages and skill levels. The furthest tees play at a 7,244 challenging yards.
Seasoned players will feel challenged as they work to conquer the course. While newcomers will be able to relax as they enjoy learning this class game. Newport National is a must-play course.
Finally, don't forget to set aside some time to stop into the pro shop and say hello. We can't wait to meet you!
Newport National has been voted the #1 Course You Can Play in Rhode Island Year after Year!
"#1 Golf Course You Can Play in New England"
New England Golf Monthly
"#1 Golf Course You Can Play in Rhode Island"
Golf Digest, Golfweek, Golfing Magazine, Golf Magazine
Montaup Country Club \ www.montaupcc.com
Montaup Country Club is open year round for the die-hard golf enthusiast and is located in Portsmouth, RI. Close to historic Newport, Montaup Country Club is an 18 hole semi-private course. Our signature hole, the Par 5 16th overlooks scenic Mt. Hope Bay and Bridge.
A fairly open, flat course with tricky winds results in a good test of shot-making ability.
The first three holes are considered by some, the toughest starting holes in Rhode Island. The first hole has water in front and to the right of the green, with out-of-bounds guarding the left side.
Please consider Montaup for your next golf experience or group outing!
Host of the 2012 U.S. open qualifying & 2014 Rhode island amateur.