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 163 total acres, 33 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 8,000 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?
  • Our tastings are done on demand during business hours at $14/person for 7 samples of estate wines and a keepsake glass. Tastings last about an hour. We do not take reservations, as the tasting bars are first come first serve. We stop sell tasting tickets, glasses of wine, or open bottles 45 minutes prior to closing.

  • What is your pet policy?
  • ALL dogs MUST be leashed – failure to comply will result in asking the guest to leave the premises.
    Dogs are allowed in the field area across from the tasting room ONLY.
    No dogs are allowed in the Café area or Tasting Room at any time.
    No dogs are allowed beyond the stonewall going up the driveway towards the house – AT ANY TIME.
    All owners MUST pick up after their dogs or they will be asked to leave.
    No dogs are to be left unattended either on the property or in a car.

  • Is outside alchohol allowed?
  • Outside alcohol (any alcoholic beverage other than Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard wine) is strictly prohibited by RI State Law. 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. The café tables are reserved for café patrons only.

  • Can I bring my own food?
  • Only Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard food and beverage is allowed on premise. The Local Mercantile Vineyard Café and Concession is open for your convenience (please call for days and hours). Please refrain from bringing your own picnics and coolers.

  • Does the Café take reservations?
  • The café takes reservations for parties of 6 or more.

  • 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 to a few local liquor stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Please call us and we can provide you with a list of current locations nearest you.

  • Can I bring someone under 21 to CSV?
  • Yes, but you must be 21 or older to purchase or consume wine.

  • What is your connection to ALEX AND ANI?
  • Carolyn Rafaelian, owner and creative director of ALEX AND ANI, owns Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard personally. ALEX AND ANI, along with Teas and Javas and Belcourt of Newport, are our sister companies.

  • 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 contact our Events Manager for more details.

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

    Due to limited indoor space during our Winter Season (November-May), we are unable to facilitate groups larger than 6 persons at our tasting bar.

    For the safety of all our guests, last call for wine by the glass and bottle service will be 30 minutes prior to closing time. No tasting tickets will be sold 45 minutes prior to closing.

    CSV reserves the right to refuse service to any and all members of a group should any one individual in the group appear under the influence of alcohol or other substance.

    Due to a high traffic volume of visitors, limousines, busses, and vans are not permitted on CSV’s property.

  • Can you accommodate buses, trolleys or limos?
  • No, we do not accommodate buses, trolleys or limos.

  • Do you hold private tours and tastings?
  • At the moment we cannot accommodate private tours and tastings.

  • Do you ship?
  • Yes we do!
    CSV can now ship to CA, CO, 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?
  • Tasting Room
    Memorial Day Weekend – Columbus Day
    Sunday thru Thursday 11 – 6, Friday & Saturday 11-8
    Columbus Day – Memorial Day Weekend
    Open every day 11-5

    Café
    Memorial Day Weekend – Columbus Day
    Sunday thru Thursday 12 – 5, Friday & Saturday 12 - 7
    Columbus Day – Memorial Day Weekend
    Open Friday - Monday 12 - 4
    Closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday