Greenvale Vineyards is entering its tenth year as a winery operation and its 20th year as a vineyard operation. The Parker family, now in our fourth generation, built the "Ferme Orne" throughout the 1860s. The wines are said to be excellent examples of temperate climate wines; something we have been working towards for many years.We, Cortlandt and Nancy and our four children, started on this project in 1982 in an effort to develop a productive use of our family farm located along the Sakonnet River. We began as growers for another, larger winery. We first planted Vidal and Cayuga, both of which are recognized for their cool climate hardiness. The New England Wine Industry was so young then that planting vinifera was experimental. A year later we planted Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc and the plants thrived.
Greenvale's first release was the 1993 Chardonnay. 350 cases were produced and very well received. Greenvale's 1995 Chardonnay totaled 550 cases and the 1996 Chardonnay totaled 850 cases. The Cabernet Franc produces 250 cases a year. In 1997, we produced 2,400 cases of wine. At full capacity, the winery will produce approximately 5,000 cases of wine annually.
Stop by for a tasteing and a tour of this beautiful vineyard and farm.