Hotel Viking’s second annual Viking Wine Festival kicks off Jan. 28, 2017 with a look back at the featured wines from the inaugural event and more. Last year, the five-dinner series showcased vintages from Donelan Family Wines, Page Wine Cellars, JUSTIN Wines, Opus One Winery and Frog’s Leap Winery.

Building on the success of the inaugural series, the 2017 Viking Wine Festival comprises seven winemaker-hosted dinners in addition to the grand opening reception. This year, winemakers from vineyards in Sonoma, Calif., Napa, Calif., Washington, South Africa, Italy and Germany’s Mosel Valley will collaborate with Hotel Viking Chef Barry Correia to create four-course prix-fixe menus. In keeping with the festival’s longtime protocol, Chef Correia will taste each wine before creating a menu to complement its flavor profiles while showcasing the products of local purveyors.

The Viking Wine Festival is modeled after the long-running Boston Wine Festival. Established by Boston Harbor Hotel’s Chef Daniel Bruce in 1989, the Boston Wine Festival has grown to include dozens of events including dinners, seminars, brunches and receptions, and holds the honor of being the nation’s longest running food and wine festival. Many of the winemakers participating in the Boston event will also host dinners at the Viking Wine Festival.

The 2017 Viking Wine Festival runs through March 25. Priced at $119 per person, including tax and gratuity, each dinner starts at 7 p.m. Purchase Viking Wine Festival tickets online or for information or to make a reservation, call 401-848-4813 or email

The 2017 Viking Wine Festival schedule is:

January 28, 2016
Grand Opening Reception
A celebration of wines from the 2016 Viking Wine Festival with tastings of what’s to come in 2017, including up-and-coming wines from each distributor.

February 4, 2016
Host: Matt Hobbs
Winery: Paul Hobbs Winery
Winery Location: Sonoma, Calif.

February 11, 2016
Host: Giovanni Pasquero
Winery: Paitin Estate
Winery Location: Piedmont, Italy

February 18, 2016
Host: Christophe Hedges
Winery: Hedges Family Estate
Winery Location: Red Mountain, Washington

March 4, 2016
Host: Sean Larkin
Winery: Larkin Wines
Winery Location: Napa, Calif.

March 11, 2016
Host:  Raimund Prüm
Winery: S.A. Prüm
Winery Location: Mosel Valley, Germany

March 18, 2016
Host: Joe Anderson
Winery: Benovia
Winery Location: Sonoma, Calif.

March 25, 2016
Host: Gary and Kathy Jordan
Winery: Jardin/Jordan Wine Estate
Winery Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Coming to Newport from out of town?

Hotel Viking, a member of the Historic Hotels of America, is located at One Bellevue Avenue in Newport, R.I. Hotel Viking offers 208 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. Hotel Viking is a 30-minute drive from TF Green Airport (27 miles) and Amtrak’s Providence station. The hotel is an easy drive from Boston (70 miles) and New York City (170 miles). For information, contact Hotel Viking at 401-847-3300 or visit