What You'll Get
To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get a winery tour, tasting, and wine glass (a $10 total value, including tax) at Newport Vineyards in Middletown.
Combining Aquidneck Island’s high-quality soil with attention to proper vine management, fertilization, and harvesting, Newport Vineyards' team of experienced winemakers works hard to produce fine wines. Tours, which depart at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every day, offer guests a close-up view of the vineyards as a guide explains the process of turning young grapes into respectable, well-mannered adult grapes. Observe the vineyard and the winery’s state-of-the-art equipment—from presses and tanks to the 75% French-oak wine barrels for chardonnay—and learn about the tricky process of telling jokes to the grapes until they chuckle out their nectars. Tour-goers receive a complimentary logo wine glass and get to sample up to five select wines.
Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
The Boston Globe featured Newport Vineyards in a photo spread. Yelpers give the vineyards an average of four stars and five TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes. More than 800 Facebookers are fans.
- This experience was great. We were invited by some friends who had gone last year and it was a nice activity to do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in scenic Newport, RI. – Rose B., Yelp
- What a great little winery! The staff were very helpful and friendly. The vineyard itself is very beautiful. I would highly recommend the tour for anyone visiting. – MrsIU, TripAdvisor
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 17, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must be at least 21. Reservation required for groups of 10 or more. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Newport Vineyards
With a love of wines and wide-open spaces, the two siblings Paul and John Nunes decided to establish a winery rather than surrender 60 acres of family farmland to real estate developers. Today, their labor of love, Newport Vineyards, extracts an impressive roster of reds and whites from the trellises that crisscross the farm, spilling emerald floods of vines. The vineyard team nurtures the grape-heavy plants and keeps them from being recruited by gangs of raisins. The fruit eventually becomes wines such as the In The Buff chardonnay, which is fermented in stainless steel tanks to draw out a bouquet of aromas. The Gemini, one of John Nunes's favorite bottles, is a smooth blend of merlot and cabernet.
Most of the wines spend stints in French-oak barrels, which John points out as he leads tour groups across the grounds. At the rough-hewn wooden tables in the tasting room, glasses click together as the vineyard's staff shares anecdotes about each bottle's origins, aromas, and ideal food pairing. Newport Vineyards also carries a variety of holiday gifts, such as wine, wine accessories, and custom labels.