The beachfront town of Westerly, Rhode Island is home to the smallest winery on the Coastal Wine Trail, Langworthy Farm Winery.
The white, stately three-story Colonial home that serves as the farm’s bed and breakfast sits serenely on the corner of Scenic Route 1 and Langworthy Road. Originally built in 1875 under one of the grandest Norway Maple trees in the country, this boutique winery/bed and breakfast is located just a half mile from the beach.
Images of the maple don the labels of Langworthy’s award-winning wine. Sadly, recent hurricanes damaged the tree beyond repair and it had to be removed. But the steady peacefulness of the historic tree lives on in the humble vineyard behind the shiplap-sided home.
Langworthy Farm produces over a dozen wines made from both their small vineyard and grapes from nearby Long Island. Such as their Rhody Riesling, a dry Riesling with apple and peach aromas and crisp, floral notes. Or their silky Napatree Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for over a year in French Oak barrels.
The first vines were planted in 2002 and guests staying at the bed and breakfast were able to taste Langworthy Farm’s first Chardonnay within a year. In 2005 they flung open the winery doors to the public, offering five wines for purchase.
The next year they opened their new tasting room. Several windows allow natural light to stream in and light the cozy, knotty pine paneled room and tasting bar. A large window allows guests a view of the large stainless steel tanks where the wine is processed. Wine barrels scattered throughout the room make it ideal for setting down to sip on their Weekapaug White, a citrusy, bright estate blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.
Throughout the year the farm hosts several tasting events from the porch of their wine room. Over the summer they held an art festival and during late September featured an Artisan Cheese Tasting and Pairing. November saw a Harvest Soup Fest and coming up the second weekend in December they are having a Tasting + Truffles event. For a more thorough calendar of events or to schedule a tour of the winery visit www.langworthyfarm.com.
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