Long Island extends 120 miles east from New York City. At its eastern end, the island splits into two forks, each with its own personality. The South Fork is home to the sandy beaches of the Hamptons, a playground for city residents willing to brave the traffic for a weekend escape. It’s also home to three of the island’s wineries. The majority of wineries, however, are located on the North Fork, the last stretch of farm country on the island. While winemaking on the island has only really been in effect since the early 1970s, Long Island’s winemakers are learning to work with their own terroir, and they’re starting to define what a Long Island wine should be.
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For more wineries on Long Island, see our Winery Search.Bedell Cellars
Bedell changed quite a bit since the days when founder Kip Bedell sold his wine from a picnic table next to Route 25. The wines, especially the reds, however, are still some of the best on Long Island. Current owner Michael Lynne also bought Corey Creek Vineyards and Wells Road Vineyard, giving Bedell 78 planted acres of vines to work with for a total production of 10,000 to 12,000 cases a year. In the modern tasting room, guests can try a range of current releases, including Merlot, Chardonnay and blends. There's also a large covered pavilion overlooking the vineyards, where guests can listen to live music most weekends while sipping their wine or picnicking.Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery
Castello di Borghese occupies the former site of Alex and Louisa Hargrave Vineyards, the birthplace of Long Island wine. In 1973, after consulting with a local farmer who was growing vinifera grapes to sell at a farm stand, the Hargraves planted the vineyard and established the North Fork's first winery, leading many others to follow in their footsteps. Upon their divorce, they sold the winery and vineyards to Marco Borghese, an Italian prince, and his wife, Ann Marie, an American, for approximately $4 million. The couple currently produces a range of wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.Palmer Vineyards
Advertising executive Robert Palmer founded his winery in 1983. His beautiful estate overlooking 100 acres of vineyards is now one of North Fork's largest wineries, and the property frequently hosts special events and weddings. For visitors, the winery offers an informative self-guided tour and ideal grounds for picnicking. In the tasting room, you'll discover a range of current releases to sample, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Merlot.Pellegrini Vineyards
In 1991, Bob Pellegrini hired Russell Hearn, an Australian winemaker who would go on to build an excellent track record for Pellegrini. In 2006, the winery produced very good Sauvignon Blanc, while the previous vintage brought good Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Beyond its informative tours, the modern winery offers seminars on winemaking and tasting, as well as cooking demonstrations with local chefs.Paumanok Vineyards
The vibe at the family-run Paumanok (the Native American name for Long Island) is cozy and intimate. Charles and Ursula Massoud own 72 acres of vines, making eight different varieties (and 9,000 cases of wine a year) with the help of their three sons. Look for their Chenin Blanc; the crisp, citrusy wine is a perfect match for the local bay scallops. You'll also discover a variety of reds, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a blend called Assemblage.Wolffer Estate Vineyard
The draw: Wölffer offers the closest thing to a Napa Valley tasting room on Long Island. The 175-acre estate, founded by Hungary-born Christian Wölffer in 1988, comprises 55 acres of vines and produces 16,000 cases of wine a year. The terroir here in the Hamptons is different from that of North Fork; it's slightly cooler because of the Atlantic breezes and the deeper soil is made up of sandy Bridgehampton loam. Try current releases in the tasting room to see if you notice a difference in the wine. You can also purchase a Merlot called Christian's Cuvee ($100), one of Long Island's most expensive wines, along with other reds, whites and two sparklers, made by winemaker Roman Roth. The winery's annual harvest party, where revelers can stomp and pick grapes, feast on an array of international foods, listen to live music and more, is a must-visit.Channing Daughters Winery
Owned by Walter Channing, Christopher Tracy, Allison Dubin and Larry Perrine, this Hamptons winery produces one of Long Island's most diverse arrays of wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Malvasia, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Blaufränkisch, Dornfelder, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tracy started out as a member of the winery's wine club before becoming winemaker. He produces his wines using grapes sourced from a 28-acre vineyard adjacent to the winery, and 30 acres of vines in North Fork. As you explore the property, you'll notice Channing's whimsical sculptures, from towering inverted trees to a forty-foot pencil to nude figures on the patio.Macari Vineyards and Winery
Joe Macari Jr. loves compost: He believes the recycled natural material is restoring vigor to his soil, and if you tour the 440-acre farm, Macari will proudly point out several giant mounds of it towering above the vines. Inside the winery, Joe and his wife, Alexandra, help the tasting room staff pour Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and a few red blends for visitors. The "Early Wine" Chardonnay, served fresh like a nouveau, is a popular option, and the Bergen Road blend is rich in vintage years.Raphael
Driving down Route 25, it's hard to miss Raphael. Its massive winery, designed to resemble a Tuscan villa, stands out in a region where so many wineries are housed in weather-beaten barns. For a decade, John Petrocelli has poured his resources into building this winery from the ground up because he believes in Long Island Merlot. That's fine by Richard Olsen-Harbich, Raphael's vintner, who has been making the red varietal for more than 28 years. Raphael also produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec.Shinn Estate Vineyards
Barbara Shinn and David Page, who opened the successful restaurant Home in New York's Greenwich Village in 1993, are showing similar promise with their winery, established in 2000. The couple produces a very good Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon blend and good Merlot, and you can sample current releases of both wines in the tasting room. You can also spend the night here: A century-old farmhouse on the grounds has been renovated into a rustically chic inn, with four cozy guestrooms and views of the vines.
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