Welcome Back!
Our tasting room is closed for the season.
Please stay tuned for updates about our spring & summer schedule.

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.

  • 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. Anyone 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! 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 is currently being offered through 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. All 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?
  • Large groups are limited to outdoor seating only. During inclement weather, we cannot accommodate groups larger than 6 persons.

    Reservations are required for parties of 8-10 people, no walk-ins. Space and reservations are limited.  Please contact [email protected] for reservations.  Reservations are limited to wine flights and/or wine by the glass.  Reservations have a 1.5 hour limitation, and confirmation of the reservation must be made one day prior via email or reservation will be cancelled.

    Parties of 10 or more require a private rental, please contact [email protected] for more information.

    Parties of 8 or more that show up without prior reservation or rental may be turned away.

  • Can you accommodate buses, trolleys or limos?
  • Due to a high traffic volume of visitors, limousines, busses, and vans are not permitted on CSV's property other than to drop off and pick up patrons.

  • 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 - 4pm, Closed Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday