Sunday, August 23, 2015

Local Stops: Newport Vineyards

I love visiting local vineyards. Not only does it support local business, but I love wine and I always think it tastes better when you form a personal relationship to it. If you can see where the grapes are grown, and hear the story behind the wines you build a deeper connection to it. Last week I visited Newport Vineyards in Middletown, Rhode Island who are currently celebrating their 20th Anniversary. The family owned vineyard just finished a two year expansive renovation including the addition of Brix Restaurant, The Market Place, and Fatulli's Bakery & Deli.

One of the greatest things about Newport Vineyards is that not only are they a great winery but they've also positioned themselves to be a venue for the community. The design is all open concept, but they have these really great barn doors that can slide and close off rooms for private events. This makes them the perfect venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, corporate events, and more. They also host yoga nights, live music, clam bakes, and famers' markets.

Newport Vineyards' location is they key to its fantastic wines. They proudly grow all 30 varieties of their own grapes on about 60 acres of land. Their location offers them a unique microclimate comparable to certain regions of France. The salt water protects the grapes from damaging frosts in April, and it's also warmer in the fall because of the proximity to the gulf giving them a longer growing season. This all contributes to their status at the largest grower of grapes in New England.

During my tasting I tried several wines. For the whites I tried the Newport Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Great White (their signature wine). Both the Pinot Grigio and the Great White were sweeter white wines. I enjoyed them, but any sweeter and I wouldn't have liked them. So if you tend to gravitate more toward the sweet wines I'd make sure to try both of those. My favorite of all the wines I tried was definitely their Sauvignon Blanc, a special thanks to Greg for insisting I try it. As far as the reds go, I tried the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet was my favorite of the two, which it usually is. Then I decided to go a little bit out of my comfort zone and try an Ice Wine for the first time. If you don't know, Ice Wines are a dessert wine so this was a little scary for me. I was afraid I would hate it. However, I truly enjoyed it quite a bit and could see myself sipping on it as a dessert after a meal.

Winery tours are offered daily at 1:00 and 3:00 and hourly between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Tastings are offered daily, year round 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to purchasing a bottle or two, you can also purchase wine by the glass and enjoy it on the seasonal patio overlooking the beautiful vineyard. Please go to their website for more information.

I felt like I couldn't leave without getting the whole experience of Newport Vineyards and enjoying dinner at Brix Restaurant. The restaurant is located upstairs and overlooks part of the winery giving you a view of the winemaking process. I was starving since I didn't get a chance to eat lunch so I started with a shrimp cocktail. It was very fresh and delicious, just as it should be. For my entree I had the grilled sirloin which is served with truffle fries, arugula salad, and chimichurri sauce which I ordered on the side. The meat was cooked to perfection and was very tasty as were the sides. I enjoyed the suggested pairing of the Cabernet Sauvignon with my meal, which was a delightful enhancement to the entree. Then I decided on the champagne sorbet for dessert. It was wonderfully light and fruity but not too sweet, my favorite kind of dessert. It was really a fabulous meal with excellent service. 

All in all, it was probably the best winery experience I've ever had. If you're in the area you have to stop by and check it out. Special thanks to Cassandra and everyone at Newport Vineyards for being such a wonderful host! 

What I'm Wearing:
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer Belt: Lilly Pulitzer Bracelet: Lemon & Line c/o


  1. Your photos are STUNNING, as are you! It looks like you had an amazing time. I love truffle fries :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  2. This place looks amazing
    I love to visit like this one day :)
    Btw, lovin your dress :)

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  3. These photos are beautiful and you look great in your dress! I've always wanted to visit a winery, it would be such a fun day trip to do with girlfriends.

  4. Definitely going to have to add this to a list of places to visit!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. This looks like such a fun day and I love your dress!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  6. Love it! My parents actually go to Newport Vineyards all the time and your post has me thinking of visiting them and finally seeing it for myself!
    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  7. Amazing pictures! You look like a vineyard model in that gorgeous dress!!!! Simply stunning!

  8. Such a pretty vineyard! And I love your dress!

    xo Kylie

  9. Beautiful pictures. I totally need to check them out next time I'm in Newport.

  10. Such gorgeous pictures!!! That food looks amazing! Wow! Love your dress! I haven't gone on a wine tour before but have always wanted to! Now I really want to after seeing your pictures!!! Thanks so much!


  11. Ugh these pictures are beyond beautiful. I adore your look. Whenever I think of vineyards, the Parent Trap/Kevin Costner pop up in my mind!

    Je M'appelle Chanel

  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE champagne sorbet! And your Lilly dress... I have one in that print! Super cute.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  13. I have to try champagne sorbet! It combines two of my favorite things. Love your dress, perfect for wine tasting!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    1. It was delightful! I actually just posted how to make champagne popsicles on the blog as well! Be sure to check it out!

  14. Nice photos! The steak looks so tasty! You look very pretty in that dress!

  15. What a fun day! Your photos are gorgeous and the food looks delicious! Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite's! Love your dress!

    Doused In Pink

  16. Everything looks so good -- from the food to the wine! We live in Virginia and we love visiting the local vineyards. And as much as we love Napa, it's nice to be able to visit some closer to home. Love your dress too!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  17. I love finding a winery that has a great story and wine! Wine tasting is my favorite!
    xo Adri

  18. What a fab dress you're wearing! I love the food shots, too, it's making me hungry in this early morning :)

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  19. Hey fellow New Englander!! :) I was recently in Newport also and somehow missed the vineyard?! This is gorgeous and it looks like you had a really good time. But then again, Newport is always a good time!
    xo Annie

    1. Thanks Annie! It's about 15 minutes from the downtown area near the polo field. You'll have to check it out next time!

  20. Pretty dress, and great photos!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  21. Such a pretty vineyard. We have several local vineyards in my area and my friends and I love taking wine tours. I'm a Pinot Grigio fan. :)


  22. How fun! I haven't been to a vineyard in such a long time! I adore your vibrant and playful dress!
    Red Reticule

  23. Pretty photos, I love your dress

  24. such a great look & that vineyard looks amazing. this makes me want to take a trip to CT!


    A.Viza Style

  25. The food looks wonderful there! Great pictures and there's nothing better than a good glass of wine...

  26. I want to go to vineyard to badly! Thank you for letting me live through you!


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