FAQs

For Visitors

When are we open? How much does it cost?
January through March
Monday-Saturday, 11AM to 4PM
Sunday, 12PM to 4PM

April through December
Monday-Saturday, 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, 12PM to 5PM

The tasting fee is $15 per person.
On Jazz Saturdays, Jazz Tastings are $20 per person. If you are not doing a tasting, there is a $5 live music fee.
Wine is available by the glass.

Does Greenvale do tours?
Tasting Room staff lead scheduled tours of Greenvale on Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM.
For weekday tours OR for groups with 10 or more people, please call our Tasting Room at 401-847-3777 to reserve a time. Private tours and tastings are $25 per person. Private tastings without the tour are $18 per person.

Tours are about 45 minutes long and will cover the history of the property, as well as how operating a vineyard works.

Tours involve exploring a farm and it can be damp or dirty. Be ready to walk throughout grassy areas.

Are dogs allowed?
Yes. Keep in mind, we have vineyard dogs that essentially have their run of the place. If it’s crowded, dogs that are friendly and well-behaved are allowed on a leash.

Is there music at Greenvale?
Yes, Greenvale hosts world class jazz from 1 pm to 4 pm every Saturday from May through mid December. The Jazz entry fee is $5 if you’re not doing a Jazz Tasting. Otherwise, Jazz Tastings are $20 (the $5 entry fee plus the $15 tasting fee).

Throughout the year, Greenvale hosts numerous events featuring music. Check out our website calendar to learn more.

What is the process for reserving a private tasting with the Greenvale family?
Please call the Tasting Room at 401-847-3777 and inquire about a tasting. A 50% deposit is required to book the time-slot.

Is Greenvale available for hosting weddings and corporate events?
Yes, we host weddings and events for a variety of groups. Contact (401) 847-3777 to learn more about an event at Greenvale, or email information@greenvale.com

Is there food available for purchase? Can visitors bring their own food?
During the summer, a food truck is usually present on Saturday afternoons.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own food. Regarding trash, we have a “pack in – pack out” policy. 

Where can I purchase Greenvale wine?
You can purchase our wines directly from our website for shipment (please see question below regarding shipping states). Our wines can also be found in wine shops in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For wholesale inquiries, please call our office at (401) 847 3777, or contact our distributors directly.
Rhode Island Distributor: Wine Wizards (401) 434-2429
Massachusetts Distributor: Gilbert (508) 835-6011

Which states prohibit wine shipping?
AR, DE, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MS, NH, NJ, NY, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, & VT. If you purchase the wine at the Tasting Room, we are able to ship to most states.

Does Greenvale have a wine club I can join?
We have two wine clubs available for joining! Memberships involve quarterly wine shipments with a host of benefits! Please click here for further details on our Wine Club options.

Is it possible to volunteer during harvest?
Yes, we welcome help with picking grapes. It’s usually most convenient for people who live nearby. The decision to harvest is generally made with very short notice and usually takes place on weekdays. Please call the Tasting Room at 401-847-3777 during the week to find out about harvest and to find out more about the schedule.

On Wine Making

How much wine does Greenvale produce?
We make 3500 cases per year. We produce six white wines, two red wines, and a vermouth. 

What types of grapes does Greenvale grow?
Cayuga and Vidal Blanc, two white wine grapes which are called “hybrids”. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Albarino, three other whites that are called vinifera. The reds are Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec; these are bourdeax varietals.

Does Greenvale make an ice wine?
No for now, because it would require refrigeration. We may in the future.

Does Greenvale make other spirits?
Yes, we have made spirits such as vermouth

What is Greenvale’s most popular wine?
The Skipping Stone White – a blend of two white hybrids, Cayuga and Vidal Blanc – is our most popular wine.

What’s unique about the  location, in terms of winemaking?
In short, topography, soils, and climate:

  1. Greenvale has ideal topography for growing wine grapes. The slopping terrain drains into the Sakonnet River.
  2. Greenvale has excellent loamy soils high in organic matter. Aquidneck Island, where Greenvale is located, is known for its commercial horticulture. Its sub surface is glacial till, with a mixture of granite, quartz and shale. The island has a bedrock of puddingstone.
  3. Greenvale has an excellent growing climate. Like all southern New England coastal areas, it is more temperate than the inland regions. The micro-climate boasts warm days and cool nights. The east facing orientation allows the morning sun to dry off the dew from the plants.

Does Greenvale use grapes from other regions?
No, our mission is to make the best wines possible to express the local terroir. 

When does Greenvale harvest?
We have started as early as September 15 and picked as late as November 16. We have harvest for each varietal, because the grapes ripen independently. The harvests span 6 weeks, and during that time we pick about 90 tons of fruit.

What drives the decision to pick the fruit at harvest?
We use sugar density as the indicator to harvest. When the grapes reach a sugar density of 22-23 degrees brix, this allows the maximum sugar level as well as optimum fruit flavors.

Universal Questions

How big is Greenvale Vineyards?
The farm consists of 77 acres. We have 27,000 vines growing on 27 acres. 
 
Was the farm always a vineyard?
The Vineyard came about as a way to preserve an historic farm that has been in the family for 6 generations. It was started in 1982 by Nancy Wilson and her parents as a way to keep the farm sustainable on a long term basis. Initially, they grew grape for other local vineyards. Nancy and her family, parents and children, made their first Chardonnay in 1992. The 1995 Chardonnay was described by the Boston Globe as “sensational” and their first Cabernet Franc In 1993. The 1995 Cabernet Franc was written up in the February 1998 edition of the magazine Gourmet by Gerald Asher. 

The vineyard opened for business in 1982 and the tasting room in 1999.

Today, Greenvale is led by Nancy and her son, Bill.

What defines Greenvale Vineyard?
Passion, craftsmanship, integrity, and a superb waterfront location.
Why? The Greenvale team is passionate about the wine, growing grapes, and the preservation of land. Greenvale takes pride in the craftmanship of its products and the experience at the vineyard.
15 minutes from Newport, Rhode Island and with sweeping views of the Sakonnet River, you can’t do much better in terms of a location.