Vineyard renovation, expansion results in rapid growth

EXPANDED OPERATION: Newport Vineyards co-owner John Nunes, right, works on a batch of Vineyard Pilsner with Kevin Beachem of Taproot Brewing. The brewery was added to the vineyard as part of a $4 million renovation and expansion.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
EXPANDED OPERATION: Newport Vineyards co-owner John Nunes, right, works on a batch of Vineyard Pilsner with Kevin Beachem of Taproot Brewing. The brewery was added to the vineyard as part of a $4 million renovation and expansion.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
Aquidneck Island isn’t exactly wine country, but don’t tell the Nunes brothers. The way their vineyard business has grown, they’ve re-created a piece of California’s Napa Valley wine region in Rhode Island. John and Paul Nunes are co-owners of Newport Vineyards and Winery LLC in Middletown. Their family has owned land there for three generations.…

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