Martha's Vineyard is an island south of Cape Cod. The Wampanoag Indians called it Noepe, which meant “land in the middle of streams”. British explorer Bartholomew Gosnold crossed the Atlantic in 1602 and landed at a place he called Cape Cod because of the surrounding fish. He would name the nearby island Martha's Vineyard after his daughter.
So when Gosnold found these grapes growing on the island, he named it Marthas Vineyard and that's how the island got its name. If you had a dollar for every time Martha's Vineyard came out of your tongue, you would retire and sit with your toes in the sand on a beach in the Azores drinking caipirinhas, Vinho do Douro or Madeira wine. MV Alcohol Sales There are no liquor stores in Chilmark, West Tisbury, Vineyard Haven or Aquinnah, although all but Chilmark now allow beer and wine sales with meals in their restaurants. Some cities on Martha's Vineyard are dry by choice or tradition (you can't sell or serve alcohol), but in most establishments that don't have a liquor license, you can bring your own wine or beer.
In fact, for much of the 19th century, Martha's Vineyard was known as Marthas Vineyard without the apostrophe. Martha's Vineyard: A year-round destination Martha's Vineyard welcomes visitors all year round.