Welcome Back!
Now offering tasting flights, wine by the bottle
and grab and go food items for enjoyment on our property!

FAQ

162 W Main Rd.,
Little Compton, RI 02837

  • Fact Sheet
  • Previously known as Sakonnet Vineyards, Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard opened in 1975 and is known as 'New England’s Oldest Winery.'
    Carolyn Rafaelian, RI native, purchased the vineyard in 2012.
    The vineyard covers 150 total acres, 30 which are cultivated.
    Varietals: Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc, Lemberger, Merlot, Chancellor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris. Newest additions to the vineyard include trials of Malbec and Albarino.
    We are currently producing 19 wines.
    We produce an average of 5,000 cases per year.
    Little Compton was once known as the poultry capital of America. The Rhode Island chicken, also known as the “Rhode Island Red” was originally bred in Little Compton and is our state bird. This is where our logo and name of one of our red wines comes from.

  • How Do your tastings work?
  • At this time, traditional tastings have been replaced with tasting flights.

  • What is your pet policy?
  • At this time, we ask that you leave your four-legged friends (and other pets) at home. No pets are to be left unattended on the property or in a vehicle.

  • Is outside alchohol allowed?
  • Outside alcohol (any alcoholic beverage other than Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard wine) is strictly prohibited by RI State Law. Please no coolers or outside food. Any one with a cooler will be asked to return it to their car or will be asked to leave. We reserve the right to inspect coolers and bags at management’s discretion. Any and all outside alcohol will be confiscated if it is not disposed of immediately. If anyone refuses to abide by our policy, they will be asked to leave the property.

  • Are you allowed to bring your own chairs/blankets?
  • Absolutely! We offer some picnic tables and Adirondack chairs and tables on a first come, first serve basis but you are welcome to bring your own.

  • Can I bring my own food?
  • Only Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard food and beverage is allowed on premise. The Grab & Go is available for your convenience. Please refrain from bringing your own picnics and coolers.

  • When does the Café open?
  • Carolyn's Cafe has been replaced with our Grab & Go

  • Can I bring a pop-up tent?
  • No, we do not allow our guests to bring their own pop-up tents. However, we do have umbrella and shaded spots available in our field that are available on a first come first serve basis.

  • Are you handicap accessible?
  • Yes, we do have a handicap entrance to the left of our main entrance of the tasting room. Please ask a manager for assistance. We have designated handicap parking for your convenience.

  • Where do you distribute?
  • We distribute locally in Rhode Island.

  • Can I bring someone under 21 to CSV?
  • Yes, but you must be 21 or older to purchase or consume wine. Any children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please be sure to avoid climbing rock walls, trees and water hazards.

  • Do you have weddings/private events on your property?
  • In order to maintain the integrity and beauty of our property, we offer a select few dates available for weddings and private events. Please email [email protected] for more information.

  • Can you accommodate large groups in your Tasting Room?
  • In our Summer Season Memorial Day to Labor Day, large groups (6 or more persons) are required to use the outdoor space on a first-come, first-serve basis. In inclement weather, we cannot facilitate groups larger than 6 persons.

  • Can you accommodate buses, trolleys or limos?
  • No, we do not accommodate buses, trolleys or limos. Any limos, buses, or trolleys will be asked to leave the property after drop off.

  • Do you hold private tours and tastings?
  • We are not offering private tours at this time. If you are interested in a private tasting, please email [email protected]

  • Do you ship?
  • Yes we do!
    CSV can now ship to CA, CO, FL, MA, MN, MO, NH, NV, OR & WY! Please keep a look out for more states to be added shortly. If you would like to recommend a state, please email [email protected].

  • What are your hours?
  • Friday - Monday 12pm - 5pm, Closed Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday