Winery Guidelines (COVID)
Nickle Creek is pleased to welcome you back to the vineyard. While our wine tastings at the bar are not returning at this time, we are excited to allow our guests to enjoy a glass or bottle on the vineyard grounds. If your uncomfortable being out and around others, the good news is, we are still here for curbside sales and our wines are available at several liquor stores. You can continue to call ahead or email us for curbside service.
In accordance with the State of Rhode Island and RI Department of Health, please note the following policies prior to your visit. The health and safety of our guests and staff are of the utmost importance, we follow all the RI Department of Health’s guidelines and ask that our guests follow the polices as well. As always, we appreciate your support and patience as we all adjust to the current environment. Planning to visit…Please note the following policies prior to your visit;
Party size must be 6 people or less.
We ask that you limit your stay to 1.5 hours or less at all of our tables to allow us time to sanitize for other guests.
Masks must be worn at all times except when seated at your table.
When you arrive, you will be asked for a contact name for your party.
Last call for beverages is 15 mins before closing.
If it rains, we will only be doing curbside pickup
Please dress appropriately for the day’s weather.
We are allowing folks to have picnics or to enjoy the vineyard grounds.
Social distancing guidelines must be followed while on property indoors (bathrooms) and outdoors.
At the anytime during your visit you can place an order with us, and we will put it together for you to take and enjoy at home.
Be sure to bring a chair as long as your party is 8ft away from another, we’re good
If your planning on coming, please be sure to also check out our policy changes on (Children, Dogs, Smoking) before coming so we all can have a great time.
We realize that as places reopen, you will have more choices of where you can go to support local businesses and hope you continue to choose Nickle Creek Vineyard as one of those places.
Our hours are currently 12-4 Friday (Curbside Only), and 12-5 Saturday & Sunday
Call ahead (401) 369-3694 for sales and “curbside pickup” or email us at email@example.com
At Nickle Creek Vineyard we welcome guests on Fridays and weekends. However, due to our limited amount of counter space in the tasting room, and new rules from the RIDBR regulating how we must sell or serve alcohol, we can only accept groups with a private tasting made in advance. Groups arriving in private cars or hired vehicles must have a reservation to use our facilities. We assign private tasting times between 6:00pm and 8:00pm (see private tasting information). Any groups of 8 or more arriving on our property without a private tasting booked, may purchase a bottle or glass of wine to enjoy on the winery grounds. No tastings allowed during peak times. For a large group of more than 6 people, a private tasting must be booked 48 hours in advance and secured with a credit card. Please e-mail “firstname.lastname@example.org” TO MAKE A RESERVATION. Anyone considering coming in a group please see our PRIVATE TASTING OPTION. On Fridays we can accept small groups of 6 or less at any time on a space available basis.
Visiting with children
We are an alcohol-oriented business, a vineyard with an outdoor sitting area. We are not a public park and we do not have activities or a play area for children. Unfortunately, it has become necessary to implement a policy of NO CHILDREN (any age under 21) anywhere on the winery grounds. For the safety and enjoyment of our guests we do not allow any sports equipment to be used on our premises. The use of drones anywhere on the property is prohibited.
We recently made the decision to go 100% SMOKE FREE on the entire property and want to let our patrons and visitors know. The property begins when you drive through the vineyard entrance gate. If you are a smoker and plan on coming to the vineyard, make sure you understand we have a zero tolerance policy and you will not be allowed to smoke or vape anywhere on our property.
Absolutely NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are allowed on the vineyard grounds OTHER THAN WINE FROM OUR VINEYARD. This is a legal requirement that applies to “bonded facilities” (wineries) and your entire group will be asked to leave if even one person violates this rule, so please comply. Public intoxication is unlawful, regardless of whether you have a designated driver or are in a limo/bus/shuttle. If a group arrives, and our staff determines that anyone in that group is intoxicated, that group will be asked to leave. This policy also applies to individuals arriving in private cars. It is against the law to serve or sell alcohol to an intoxicated person. Winery servers cannot serve anyone they suspect is over or near the “legal limit” of alcohol. It is a judgment call and the winery management will support our TIPS certified employees. If you are advised that you cannot be served, please do not argue with our staff. Additionally, wineries, by law, can refuse service to the entire group if ONE person is considered “over the limit” of alcohol.
Please NO DOGS…read on…
In the past, we have allowed our guests to bring their dogs to the winery, on leash, outside only. We never allowed dogs inside the tasting room (except for service dogs). However, our insurance company will no longer allow us to continue this policy due to liability. Your dog may be the best trained and behaved, but there is no guarantee that all visiting dogs would be that well trained and we would hate to have dogs barking at each other, get into a fight or bite someone.
In addition, we have had several incidents of people NOT picking up after their dogs, which is not cool for anyone.
We hope that you understand our new policy, and that our winery dogs, Bodie and Z are the only dogs allowed on the property. You may keep your dog inside the car, but you will no longer be able to walk them on the property or sit on the pergola with them.
Plan ahead for transportation! We have a beautiful location, but unfortunately not an Uber/Lyft friendly pick-up location as it takes them some time to get to our location. Please plan accordingly with our hours of operation.
Photography on our estate vineyard is allowed as long as you adhere with our below photo policy.
• Photography must be scheduled in advance.
• Photography groups should not exceed 4 people (including the photographer).
• A purchase of a tasting, a bottle, or glass of wine is required.
• Please be considerate to our other guests that are enjoying our grounds.
• You will have access to our grounds and vineyard.
• Kindly leave the grounds promptly when we close our tasting room.
• Drones are not allowed on our property.
• No pets allowed on the grounds
Rules of Engagement for Bachelorette Parties:
All Bachelorette Parties must call ahead prior to arrival.
Bachelorette Parties will be served on a first come first serve basis. No priority service will be given over our regular guests.
Arrive sober, no “pregaming”, no exceptions – Nickle Creek is your first stop.
Scheduling a private tasting for your party is always the best option for your guests.
So why did we implement these new policies?
First, we have enjoyed the increasing visitation, which is a good thing, and we are happy lots of people enjoy what we have to offer. When we opened Nickle Creek Vineyard ten years ago, we had a small tasting room and eight feet of tasting bar. We have since expanded our tasting room to incorporate over thirty feet of tasting area. We also offer a pergola, several picnic areas, a 70-foot porch with bistro tables and expansive grounds. However, on busy days it can be overwhelming, even with the expanded facilities. As a result, some wine club members and some of our regular customers began to avoid visiting and enjoying the grounds.
Secondly, we strive to provide a set of unique and enjoyable tasting experiences for guests to discover our wines. They can then decide if Nickle Creek Vineyard wine should be in their cellar and possibly join our family of wine club members. Some potential customers are hoping we are a wine bar or a local park. We are neither. We discourage loud party groups, and while we like kids, a winery is an adult experience by definition.
Thank you for your understanding,
Steven & Sheri
If you would like to schedule a wine tasting, book a private event or simply have questions for us about the Vineyard…
please reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!