Newport Vineyards has a big summer planned with tours, tastings, special events, live music and much more.

Founded by brothers John & Paul Nunes in 1995, the vineyard is the largest grower of grapes in New England. The winery produces nearly 30,000 cases of estate-grown wine each year through sustainable farming methods on 75 acres of historically preserved farmland. Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2015, the winery has become a culinary and wine destination offering multiple experiences including daily tours and tastings, 100% from scratch culinary programs at Brix Restaurant and The Vineyard Café, The Marketplace, seasonal live music, private events and public activities.

Each Wednesday evening through the summer, enjoy an extended evening wine tasting from 5-8pm! Hear live music from a variety of artists while you sip and savor around the welcoming fire pits. In addition to wine, beer and sangria, snacks from the kitchen are available. The vineyard also hosts a weekend music series from 1- 4pm on Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Savor the season, glass in hand! No tickets are needed and all are welcome. For more details, including the artist lineup, please visit calendar-of-events.

“It’s been a busy few years here with building our public event offerings and the one area we’ve been wanted to dive into more is live music. We often hear from bands and Djs who perform at weddings or private events here, what a perfect venue it is for music. We’ve historically had live music on the weekends, and this year we decided to take it up a notch. This season we kicked off our Weekend Live Music Series in April, a full month to two months earlier than in years past. We’ve also added our Fireside Evening Music Series, which takes place on Wednesday evenings, and allows our guests enjoy the vineyard in the evening with extended wine tasting hours, paired with really great local live music,” Casandra Earle, Director of Marketing and Events at Newport Vineyards told What’sUpNewp.

On July 20th, Newport Vineyards will welcome Jillian Jensen, a former contestant on The X Factor and American Idol.

“From here we wanted to branch out and get a couple bigger shows that highlight regional artists. Enter Jillian Jensen. We’ve been working with Evan Pharmakis of Wind In Sails, an amazing artist himself who is playing during our Fireside Music Series, and who happens to be connected to the world of all things music. He suggested Jillian would fit our model here and we immediately fell in love with her sound, presence and well everything. We cannot wait for her show. Great voice and artist. Great setting. Great wine. We hope you make some summer memories with us!, ” Earle concluded.

Jensen has worked alongside industry notables such as Demi Lovato, and has enjoyed the success of her appearances on both The X Factor and American Idol with millions of social media views.

Tickets are $10 per person for Jensen’s show and include light nosh and a cash bar. More information and tickets can be found here –

Back to the food, where you can dine at Brix Restaurant following an afternoon at the winery or just because! Cozy up around the fire with a glass of wine. Enjoy expansive views of the vineyard and the entire winemaking operation through two walls of windows that drape the room. The culinary approach, artfully prepared by Executive Chef Andy Teixeira, starts with the basic belief that it is their responsibility to provide truth in their food. “We love the food from the minute it comes in the door, to the minute it goes into the guest’s mouth,” said Chef Teixeira.

The seasonally inspired menu highlights local farms and offers something for everyone’s palate. Wednesdays are Flight Night – just $10 for a tasting of four wines or beers.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon sipping wine and local beer with friends amid the vines, grabbing a quick breakfast or a leisurely lunch, enjoying a gourmet dinner, or hosting a private event, Newport Vineyards truly has it all.

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