The Virginia Grape
Open to Public
Mon-Sat 10 to 5; Sun 12 to 5
582 WappingRd., Portsmouth, RI 02871
At the rear of the tasting room.
Inside at the tasting bar.
Nancy Parker Wilson opened the winery with her parents in 1982 on the property that had been in the family since 1863. The winery now boasts twenty-four acres under vine and the oldest of those plantings is the Chardonnay, which is now approaching old-growth status. The 3500 cases produced each year give Greenvale a mid-sized boutique status and every drop of that wine is produced from estate fruit.
So they were pouring seven wines on the day of my visit. I thought they were all well crafted and there were a few of real note. I was particularly impressed with the Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc (I just love a good Cab Franc), but the Meritage was the real standout in my view. It is a dry, medium bodied blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The big berry notes gave way to a nice long finish. It really is an excellent wine.
Greenvale Vineyards Profile
Written by Brian May 30, 2015
Just five miles from Newport, in the town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, you will find one of the state’s ten commercial wineries and a part of the Coastal Wine Trail. Greenvale Vineyards is located on a charming old farm property within sight of the bay. The old farmhouse has been repurposed as a tasting room and from the covered porch and large lawn, visitors have an unobstructed view of the vineyards.
Bottles of wine adorn the tasting room.
I found the experience to be well constructed. There is ample space for visitors inside or out. All of the tasting was being done on the porch, but there is a lot of room inside to accommodate tasters in inclement weather. The tasting staff was extremely friendly and customer oriented. I observed that the size of the pour was larger than I am used to in Virginia. That is not necessarily a bad thing, just be certain to have a designated driver.
I happened to pick a perfect day to stop by. The was a late spring day, sunny and cool, and a sizable crowd was gathered on the lawn. There is live jazz on Saturdays starting in May, but you don’t need music to motivate a visit. Whether you live in the area or happen to be passing through, this is winery should be on your radar. When you stop in, please let me know what you think.
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