Today we met at Hunter College to start our tour. We drove to Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton, RI. Sakonnet Vineyards was founded in 1975 “on the well-researched premise that the microclimate and soil conditions found along the Southeastern New England coast closely resemble some of the great wine regions of the world, particularly, the maritime climates of northern France.”
At the vineyard, we learned the process in which wine is made, and looked at some of the health and safety issues in winemaking. These include ergonomics issues in pruning the vines, confined space entry into the vats in which the wine is stored and pesticides used on the vines.
Then onto New Bedford, MA. Dinner at Davy's Locker.
Here are some pictures from the day (click on picture to enlarge).