One of the greatest pleasures of supporting your local food community is washing it all down with wine from vineyards nearby. Even better, with New York vino you can often visit the tasting room, meet the winemaker and hang out among the vines. So here’s a list of must-visit, Empire State vineyards to include on your next gastronomic getaway to Long Island, the Hudson Valley or the Finger Lakes. Whether you are a fan of rosé or riesling, you’ll find plenty to pair with your next farm-to-table meal.
ANTHONY NAPPA WINES
Anthony Nappa Wines was established in 2007 by Winemaker Anthony Nappa and Chef Sarah Evans Nappa with the production of 200 cases of Long Island Pinot Noir.
They craft premium wines representing New York’s unique climates and soils. Based on the North Fork of Long Island, the grapes that grow in their maritime climate lend themselves to producing distinctive wines. Also, highlighting the best of the Finger Lakes region they work with upstate growers, sourcing fruit.
Combining new world technology and old world traditions they focus on accentuating the full expression of the wine grown in this place. They make wines with minimal additives and manipulation, unadulterated and straightforward, with honest marketing and labeling to allow their wines to shine their best on their own.
P.O. Box 1279, Mattituck, NY, 11952
BAITING HOLLOW FARM VINEYARD
During the 1980s, Sam Rubin ventured to eastern Long Island and acquired what has since become the beautiful Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard (BHFV). A lifelong farmer and naturalist, he began to till the soil, the basis for all great wines, using only organic compost and other natural ingredients.
On his first 3 1/2 acres, Sam planted fine French vines and continued to plant after he purchased an additional 13 1/2 acres. By this time, his son Richard, a successful business entrepreneur, knew that his father needed help. And so, he stepped in with a sound business plan and a talented team to oversee and supervise wine making production and vineyard management. This approach, the acquisition of fine French vines, the rather hospitable climate of the region, along with their vision and hard work, remain the foundation for BHFV’s rather exceptional wine.
When visiting wine country along the North Fork of Long Island, BHFV is the first vineyard you will see on Sound Avenue, conveniently located just east of Edwards Avenue. The warm, family-like atmosphere, a Rubin family trait, and the bucolic setting make it an ideal place for quick day trips for the entire family, catered parties and other events.
2114 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow, NY, 11933
Bedell Cellars is a 30-year-old sustainably farmed and family owned estate vineyard and winery on the North Fork of Long Island.
Cementing Bedell’s reputation as the benchmark producer from the Long Island wine growing region, The New York Times proclaimed, “Bedell has consolidated its status as a world-class estate,” and Wine Business Monthly named Bedell to its list of the Top 10 Hottest Small Brands in the world. Bedell’s flagship red blend, Musée, received 91 points from Wine Spectator, the highest score the publication has ever awarded to a red wine from Eastern North America.
Their wines are made from grapes that they grow themselves on three vineyard sites totaling approximately 80 planted acres: Bedell Home Vineyard on the Main Road in Cutchogue behind their winery and tasting room; Corey Creek Vineyards on Main Road in Southold, adjacent to the Corey Creek tasting room; and Wells Road Vineyard on Main Road in Peconic.
36225 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY, 11935
Bouquet wines are a pleasure for all the senses–the eye, the nose, and of course, the taste buds. They blend wines to produce an appealing diversity of perfumes and flavors and intriguing wines. Some grapes enhance a wine’s structure—the balance and sequence of flavors in the mouth— while others impart body and roundness. They take care to select the right varietals, harvested at the right levels of ripeness. For their winemaker consultant, Gilles Martin, blending is an art—an act of expression and creation. The result: wines with personality and verse.
They offer a full palette of wines, from appetizers to main courses to desserts–lightly effervescent, white, rosé (dry), rosé (off-dry), red, cabernet franc, white dessert (VdN) and red dessert (VdN).
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, NY, 11952
Brooklyn Oenology Winery is a locally-focused winery based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, founded in 2006 by winemaker Alie Shaper. BOE extends the fundamental idea of terroir by incorporating the local agricultural, creative culinary, and art worlds.
In addition to sourcing New York grapes, BOE draws upon the Brooklyn and greater New York areas to create its identity. Each wine’s label showcases contemporary art by a Brooklyn artist and features a new piece of work for each vintage.
In November 2010 BOE opened its Tasting Room at Wythe Avenue and North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here, the full line of BOE wines, as well as many other New York State products, including Whiskies, Ciders, Wines, Beers, plus an array of culinary treats, are served.
209 Wythe Avenue #106, Brooklyn, NY, 11249
CHANNING DAUGHTERS WINERY
Channing Daughters Winery prides itself on artisanal experimentation. The foremost commitment at Channing Daughters is the care of the grapevines and the quality of wine in the bottle. From intense and careful culture of their vines to the hand-picking of all grapes, gentle whole cluster-pressing of white grapes, stomping by foot with punch down by hand of red grapes, and gravity bottling, their methods remain traditional and artisanal.
Channing Daughters produces wines within all three Long Island AVAs and specializes in white varietals and blends. The winery is located in Bridgehampton and is situated on 28 acres of grapes, some of which date back to 1982. Approximately 55% of estate grapes are currently used in the winemaking, while the other 45% is sourced from special sites and special people on the North Fork. The important partnership between Channing Daughters and viticulturist Steve Mudd enables access to North Fork vineyards dating back to 1975. Channing Daughters relishes the joys of agriculture, science and art that collectively go into winemaking. Channing Daughters Winery is interested in continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible in their vineyards, their cellar and their region.
1927 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton, NY, 11932.
A top-flight vineyard and boutique winery on the North Fork, Clovis Point opened its tasting room, once a 1920s potato barn, in 2007. Since then, both its wines and tasting room have obtained critical acclaim. Clovis Point produces estate and “Vintner’s Select” reserve varietal wines, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and tank- and barrel-fermented Chardonnays. It makes a classic East End Rosé in limited quantities. Two Merlot-based blends round out the Clovis Point portfolio: the easy-drinking Artifact and complex, elegant Archaeology. When visiting Long Island Wine Country, don’t miss Clovis Point–it’s a rare find!
1935 Main Road, Jamesport, NY, 11947
COFFEE POT CELLARS
Named after the distinctively-shaped lighthouse that guides ships passing Orient Point to their destinations, Coffee Pot Cellars is the brightest new light in North Fork wine. Its first vintage in 2008 was the realization of veteran North Fork winemaker Adam Suprenant’s vision: To handcraft a small, focused portfolio of ultra-premium wines that expressed the full potential of the region’s terroir.
The four wines–Merlot, Meritage, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc–combine grapes from expertly farmed vineyards with the winemaking skills Adam has honed over a distinguished career that includes a UC-Davis Master’s degree, training at Bordeaux’s Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and top Napa Valley wineries, and (most importantly) over fifteen years making award-winning, critically acclaimed wine on the North Fork.
Go visit their brand new tasting room, located on the Main Road in Cutchogue, NY where they also feature the products of local beekeeper Laura Klahre, which she offers through her company Blossom Meadow. These include local North Fork honey, beeswax candles and crayons, lip balm and more.
31855 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY, 11935
Croteaux Vineyards—Rosé on Purpose! The only vineyard in the United States dedicated exclusively to making dry, fresh, fruity, fun to drink Rosé wines styled after those made for centuries in the South of France. Located in Southold, on an historic farm, Croteaux makes wines that embody the horticulture, terroir, and seaside lifestyle of the beautiful wine region in which they live. Rosés are made with estate-grown Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc offering something for everyone including light, full-bodied, and sparkling wines.
Their tasting barn/garden, where you can taste and purchase their wines, is a well-designed, intimate setting overlooking the vineyards. This is a place that truly reflects life on the North Fork. They welcome groups of eight or less, and they cannot accommodate limos, buses, or hired vehicles. They ask that you enjoy lunch at one of the many wonderful local restaurants, or picnic at the nearby beach. Croteaux wines sell out each year, so their tasting room is open seasonally from April and closed in the winter.
1450 South Harbor Road, Southold, NY, 11971
With 4 acres of planted vines on Manor Lane in Jamesport, Diliberto Winery is certainly one of the smallest wineries on the East End of Long Island. Nevertheless, their initial entry into the world of wine competition met with startling success: the three wines they submitted to the New York Wine & Food Classic in August 2004 were each awarded a Gold Medal. This amazing result was improved upon in 2005 when their 2003 Merlot was named “Best Merlot” at the New York Wine & Food Classic.
Both Sal and Maryann Diliberto, co-owners of the winery, have a passion for wine and the role that it can play in life. Their new tasting room, which opened in June 2007, reflects not only their passion for the enjoyment of wine, but a deep pride in their Italian heritage. Tasting room guests are served their tastings at bistro tables and can enjoy the interior “piazza” the Dilibertos have created, or they can sit on the patio and get pleasure from the views of the perfectly manicured vineyard.
250 Manor Lane, Jamesport, NY, 11901
DUCK WALK VINEYARDS
Duck Walk Vineyards was founded in 1994 by Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos and his son, Alexander. The Normandy château-style building in Water Mill, a true Hamptons landmark, became home to what has quickly evolved into one of the most well-known names in quality Long Island wines.
In 2007, a second location debuted on the North Fork of Long Island, Duck Walk North. This location was beautifully designed to lend itself as an event space for up to 400 guests. The high vaulted ceilings, two custom tasting bars and expansive outdoor patio between the vines give its visitors a true Long Island Wine Country experience.
231 Montauk Highway (Route 27), Water Mill, NY, 11976
HARBES FAMILY FARM & VINEYARD
For over 12 generations the Harbes Family has been tilling the fertile soils of Long Island. Their ability to find new ways to use agricultural resources has helped them thrive in a rapidly changing world. Although better known for super-sweet corn and family events such as the Fall Pumpkin Festival and Sunday Fun Days, the Harbes family began a promising venture with wine in 2003.
In 2003 the vineyard was planted on a boulder-strewn, south-facing hill near the coast of the Long Island Sound. On the surface is fine sandy loam, but underneath is a layer of rocks and silt, ideal for producing the finest vinifera on Long Island. Meticulous research of the finest vinifera clones of Chardonnay and Merlot resulted in a carefully chosen selection of outstanding French clones that were planted to produce the most aromatic and flavorful wine.
With the careful attention of vineyard manager Edward Harbes IV, the vines are producing among the most promising wines on the North Fork. The Harbes Family strives to capture the best of farm and family and welcomes you to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, NY, 11952
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The East Farm Estate is home to Harmony Vineyards. Located on the Stony Brook Harbor, only one hour ten minutes drive from Manhattan, this lush rolling waterfront North Shore estate preserves the original circa 1690 homestead. It was sensitively morphed into a Gold Coast mansion in 1904 by the noted architect Archibald M. Brown preserving all of the original charm. “The Old East Farm House” was moved in 1999 from its original location on the 33 acre farm and fully restored to its original splendor to become the Harmony Vineyards Tasting Room and Art Gallery.
This focus on history led Harmony’s owners to keep the farm in 326 years of continuous production. In 2002, two vineyard blocks were planted by their viticulturist Steve Mudd. They consistently produce outstanding Bordeaux Style Red Blends and a fresh, fruity Chablis Style Chardonnay inspired by their waterfront terroir and winemaker Eric Fry.
Their lovely “Vineyard Terrace” overlooks the vines and lets guests enjoy the waterfront properties’ beautiful vistas in three seasons as well as our outstanding outdoor musical performances. Their three story outdoor movie screen enables “Drink-In” theatre on Friday nights and “Tasting Notes Jazz Club” with sets on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8-10 p.m. featuring Ray Anderson and his world class colleagues. Their indoor winter venue provides an upscale and cozy wine and beer bar by the fire. Open year round Thursday through Sunday, with live music every weekend, Harmony Vineyards will be sure to please the palette and refresh the mind.
169 Harbor Road, Head of the Harbor, NY, 11780
Jamesport Vineyards is a three-generation family-owned and sustainably run winery and vineyard. Ron and Ann Marie Goerler came to the North Fork over 30 years ago and planted their first Chardonnay vines in 1981. Ron Sr. was a leading pioneer for the Long Island wine industry. It was his vision about the area that has made the wines what they are today.
Their approach is still the same now as it was then—leave the land in better shape than when they found it. The Goerlers believe in sustainable approaches with their vineyards as well as their wines. Today they use integrated pest management (IPM) practices which help them use less fertilizers, fungicides, and herbicides. It is a direct reflection on the quality of the wines produced at Jamesport Vineyards.
1216 Main Road, Route 25, Jamesport, NY, 11947
Jason’s Vineyard sits on Jamesport on the North Fork of Long Island, encompassing a 20-acre space. After studying business at the University of Hartford and obtaining two degrees, Jason received a third degree in enology at the University of California at Fresno acquiring high honors and accolades for his work. Continuing his studies, he attended the University of Bordeaux—a Mecca for wine academics—and worked in renowned regions like Medoc, Premiere Cote de Bordeaux, Loupiac and Cadiallac. With an education like this, high quality vines were inevitably in Jason’s future. Very little space between the rows promises superior fruit, the Long Island vineyard flourishes with the finest French clones: chardonnay, merlot and cabernet.
1785 Main Road, Route 25, Jamesport, NY, 11947
The wines of Kontokosta Winery are a fluid reflection of the last leg on a long journey rooted in agrarian pursuit, intellectual curiosity and personal growth. Start with a 62-acre waterfront farm. Plant a remarkable vineyard. Build a sustainable, wind-powered winery. Make great wine and invite the world to experience it with them.
Go to Greenport. Join Kontokosta in their Great Room and experience their Sound Life and Sound Wine overlooking the vineyard to the south and the bluff of Long Island Sound to the north.
825 North Road, Greenport, NY, 11944
Lenz is a relatively small winery, making wines to exacting standards. All of their wines are estate bottled, meaning they are made from grapes grown entirely in their own vineyards. Their aim is that each wine they release will be among the very best of its type, made anywhere in the world.
Founded in 1978, the winery has some of the most mature vineyards in the region, or—given the extensive replanting of California vineyards to avoid further damage from the phylloxera louse—in the country. They have nearly 70 acres planted with these vinifera grape varieties: chardonnay, gewürztraminer, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot, pinot gris and pinot noir.
At Lenz, their philosophy in the vineyard is high-touch. They are interventionists and they intervene, at great cost in time and effort, to micro-manage each vine to ripeness each year. Leaf removal, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, crop reduction, triple catch wires, super-attentive pest and fungus control (their “open canopy” approach keeps fungus problems to a minimum), all combine to add cost (unfortunately) but to ensure fully ripe grapes of the highest quality.
38355 State Route 25, Peconic, NY, 11958
Lieb Cellars Mattituck, now named “The Bridge Lane Tasting Room,” is attached to Premium Wine Group and is the new official home of their Bridge Lane series of wines. In addition to their full line-up of Bridge Lane wines, they will be featuring some favorites from their Lieb Cellars Reserve wines as well. At this tasting room you will find a lush green front yard with picnic tables and a modern but warm and inviting indoor tasting room. Their tasting menu has 8 different wines to choose from, and there will surely be something for everyone to enjoy. During the summer, you can enjoy live music on the lawn and bites from a local food truck from noon to 4pm.
35 Cox Next Road, Mattituck, NY, 11952
Loughlin Vineyards is the closest Long Island vineyard to New York City. The vineyard is 6 acres and produces a generous harvest of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay grapes. The yearly harvest yields about 1000 cases of dry and sweet wines. Loughlin Vineyards’ first harvest was in 1985. Since then, Loughlin Vineyards has produced one of Long Island’s finest tasting red, white and blush wines, sure to compliment anyone’s taste. The vineyard is family owned and operated. It is located on the grounds of the historical Meadow Croft estate located on South Main Street in Sayville, New York in the middle of the Suffolk County Sans Souci Lake Nature Preserve, which divides Sayville on the west from Bayport on the east. You can walk along the wooded trail through the nature preserve and stop at the vineyard tasting room. As one of the major Long Island homesteads of the famous Roosevelt family which has figured so prominently in American public life, Meadow Croft carries special historical associations.
When you enter, you will immediately be greeted by tall marsh grass and the sprawling mansion. As you pass to the right of the estate, you will travel on a dirt road which opens up to the vineyard and tasting room. This is the signature year for Loughlin Vineyards. Not only is it the 25th anniversary of their first harvest, but they are proud to announce the opening of their own processing facility. Now, all of their wines are estate grown and bottled in Sayville.
The Loughlin Family will gladly share their knowledge of local history along with a selection of fine tastings from the vineyard. Go enjoy the serenity and out of the ordinary vineyard experience. They can’t wait to welcome you!
253 South Main Street, Sayville, NY, 11782
MACARI VINEYARDS & WINERY
Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island in Mattituck, is owned and operated by the Macari Family. Though Macari Vineyards was established in 1995, the Macari Family has owned the 500 acre waterfront estate for nearly 50 years. Since its inception, Macari Vineyards has been at the forefront of sustainable agriculture, employing principles of biodynamic farming to restore the terrestrial ecosystems. Joseph Macari, Jr. and his team use a restorative process that includes priming the soil, little or no pesticides, composting, and charting farming activities according to the lunar calendar—taking into account the rhythmic influence of the sun, moon, and stars.
This respectful regard for the earth yields a farm that is environmentally balanced and sustainable with increased plant and animal biodiversity that promotes the health, vitality, and nutritive value of plants. Macari’s award winning wines are crafted by their head winemaker, Kelly Urbanik, one of the few female winemakers on the North Fork. She works in association with consultants Helmut Gangl, from the Burgenland area of Austria and Robert Foley of California.
150 Bergen Avenue, Mattituck, NY, 11952
MARTHA CLARA VINEYARDS
The story of Martha Clara Vineyards begins with Robert Entenmann, grandson of William, who founded the world renowned Entenmann’s Bakery in Brooklyn back in 1898. After running the prosperous family business for many years, Robert moved on to another chapter in his life and headed east to the North Fork to start up a thoroughbred horse-breeding farm. He soon realized his land was well-suited for grape growing.
The vineyard is named after his mother, Martha Clara, who was the support system behind the bakery, tirelessly ensuring the quality of the family’s products. The family farm is now home to 112 acres of vines. Horses still do appear onsite, carrying guests through the farm on guided carriage rides. Expect to see sprawling fields of wildflowers and sunflowers. Animal lovers will enjoy llamas, alpaca, goats, baby doll sheep, peacocks and Scottish Highland cattle, some of which were lovingly rescued. The vineyard also plays host to art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, film festivals and benefit concerts which have featured Jimmy Cliff, Mary Wilson and Jimmy Buffett.
6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY, 11901
Mattebella Vineyards is a small family farm, located in New York’s oldest town, Southold (established in 1640), on the eastern end of Long Island. Their single vineyard is a gently sloping 22-acre parcel of land located on the Main Road (Route 25 on the North Fork of Long Island). Their vineyard has predominantly European clones of grape varietals, tight spacing, and low vigor rootstock.
The crafting of their wines begins in the Vineyard. At Mattebella Vineyards they do things the old fashion way, by hand. They do not use mechanical harvesters or leaf removal equipment. Fine wines are difficult to make consistently if mechanized harvesters and other machines are introduced into the process. Machines simply cannot execute their commitment to quality and make the decisions they consistently must make throughout the growing season. Their hand crafting includes fruit thinning to ensure even ripening and higher quality concentrated juice, leaf pulling, weed removal, pruning, canopy management, and hand harvesting of all their fruit.
Mattebella Vineyards is committed to using sustainable viticultural practices, while incorporating as many organic practices as possible into their farming methods. They seek to find new solutions to old problems by maximizing the health of the vineyard. In committing to a healthy, responsible approach, they hope to make a footprint in your memory but not on the environment.
46005 Main Road (Route 25), Southold, NY, 11971
With Long Island’s largest vineyard of Pinot Noir, and an equally sized vineyard of Merlot, McCall focuses on crafting low yield, quality driven wines. The vineyards (planted in 1996) and surrounding farm can be found in the town of Cutchogue, where the McCall family has lived for generations. Their rustic tasting room, once a barn for potato storage, sits on the property with a welcoming lawn and charming pastoral feel.
Russell McCall partnered with the Peconic Land Trust to save the farm and surrounding woodlands from the threat of development in the 1990s. Once saved, McCall planted vineyards in the fields once used for corn and potatoes, defying convention and going with the finicky Pinot Noir grape on the southern end of the farm. He then waited to make his own wine until the vineyards reached maturity, and the time was right.
Committed to quality and sustainability, McCall released his first wines in 2007. Since, they have found their way to critical acclaim. They can be seen on the wine lists of a handful of upscale restaurants in New York City and on the East End. In 2010, McCall Wines became the first wind-powered farm in Long Island, blazing the trail for many other local farmers. In the same year, McCall began ranching organic grass-fed cattle, which can be seen grazing in the fields alongside his vineyards.
22600 Main Road (Route 25), Cutchogue, NY, 11935
Onabay Vineyards is a new name on the North Fork of Long Island, but it has a long history. The 18-year-old vineyard is part of a larger, historic farm owned by the Anderson family. Today the property encompasses over 180 acres of fertile fields, meadows and forests as well as over a mile of bay and creek frontage. It is a wondrous, peaceable kingdom of great horned owls, deer, osprey, herons and shorebirds. Striped bass, bluefish and flounder abound in the tidal creeks and the deeper bay.
The Anderson family is committed to the artisanal wines of Onabay Vineyards. Proud of their stewardship of the land, they appreciate the extraordinary natural beauty and bounty of the North Fork, and its culture of great wine, cuisine, and people.
Brad Anderson is committed to producing high quality vintages with the help of Bruce Schneider, international wine consultant, and Steve Mudd, veteran North Fork viticulturist. Francesca Anderson is a renowned botanical artist. Her drawings of herons appear on the front labels. Daughter, Mia C. Anderson’s poems also grace the labels. She is a published poet of natural history themes and the environment.
Chiara Anderson Edmands oversees the marketing of Onabay Vineyards. She and her husband, Ben, delight in pairing wine with the delicious bounty of the North Fork. Two generations of Andersons are committed to artisanal winemaking. With their dedication and diverse talents, they create exceptional wines. A taste of this paradise “on a bay.”
P.O. Box 476, Southold, NY, 11971
ONE WOMAN VINEYARDS
For Claudia Purita, sustainability and self-reliance have always been a way of life. Growing up on her family’s farm in Calabria, Italy, Claudia assisted in growing wine grapes and vegetables and raised small animals from a very young age. Her father Domenico, taught her to value the land, the fruits it provided and the satisfaction found in working hard with purpose in mind.
After moving to Long Island and spending several years in the restaurant industry, Claudia decided it was time to “return to her roots”. On the North Fork of Long Island, Claudia continues Domenico’s traditions on her 16 acre farm and vineyard. The vineyard has been hand-planted and meticulously tended to by Claudia’s exacting touch. She labors to produce the highest quality fruit and the superiority of her work is evident in each of the wines made from her vineyard. A few sips will lead you to appreciate what one woman’s labor of love can produce.
5195 Old North Road, Southold, NY, 11971
OSPREY’S DOMINION VINEYARDS
Osprey’s Dominion’s first vines were planted in 1983 on 24 acres in Peconic. An additional 16-acre parcel in Mattituck was purchased and planted in the early 1990s, but it wasn’t until the 50-acre purchase of land and buildings at the present Main Road location in Peconic that Osprey actually began producing and selling. In 2003, the entire Richmond Creek second label was introduced to complement the Osprey line. All 25 wines available for sale are produced on site from estate grown grapes.
44075 Main Road (Route 25), PECONIC, NY, 11958
Robert Palmer founded Palmer Vineyards in 1986 on a rolling parcel of gravelly farmland in Riverhead on the North Fork of Long Island. Since then, Palmer Vineyards has become a significant part of the Long Island wine industry. This reflects the efforts of the Palmer team as it strives to uphold Bob Palmer’s pledge of quality. “I’ve got to be careful,” Palmer says. “My name is on every bottle.” Each staff member contributes a unique factor, much the same as a winemaker selects the best of various lots to craft a special blend.
The fine seaside climate and soils of Long Island’s North Fork provide exceptional conditions for making world-class varietal wines. With more than 90 acres planted with Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc to supply the winery’s 16,000 annual case production, Palmer strives to preserve and enhance the purity of flavor and distinctive, fresh character which make the region’s wines so unique. Palmer operates a state-of-the art winery and each year purchases substantial new French oak cooperage for both barrel fermentation of its Chardonnay and the aging of its premium red varietals.
5120 Sound Avenue, Route 48, Riverhead, NY, 11901
Founded in the spring of 1983, Paumanok Vineyards is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud and their three sons. Born and raised in the “Old World”, wine has always been a part of their lives and they continue the tradition at Paumanok Vineyards.
Only premium vinifera grapevines are planted, consisting of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The traditional dense planting of the vineyards at 1,100 to 1,400 vines per acre produces more concentrated fruit and therefore higher quality wines. For their wines, only estate grown grapes are used and production is limited to fewer than 9,000 cases.
The winery is a renovated turn-of-the-century barn that houses a fermentation tank room and lab. The spacious tasting room was built on top of the barrel cellar. It is surrounded by an inviting deck overlooking the vineyards. Their deck and tasting room are the perfect setting for private parties and weddings, with many special events scheduled throughout the year.
Paumanok continues a tradition—a passionate commitment to make fine wines. They invite you to visit Paumanok to discover and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the vineyards and the pleasure of tasting their exquisite wines.
1074 Main Road, Aquebogue, NY, 11931
In 1982 Bob and Joyce Pellegrini set out to make the very best wine that the North Fork of Long Island could offer. Today, Pellegrini Vineyards produces an award-winning range of wines. Bob Pellegrini’s commitment to design is evident in everything he does. A Manhattan-based graphic designer, he devoted nearly a year in planning the winery construction. The state-of-the-art facility combines the best of modern winemaking technology and Pellegrini’s own aesthetic sensibility. Its creation marked the culmination of Pellegrini’s lifelong appreciation for fine wine and food. Their winemaker, Zander Hargrave, combines traditional and contemporary methods with a focus on varietal character.
Over the years, Pellegrini Vineyards gained a reputation for innovative techniques. The winery was the first on Long Island to utilize the gentle punch-down methods during red fermentation, the first to monitor and control moisture levels in the vineyard, and the first to implement a two-barrel aging process for red varietal bottling.
23005 Route 25, Cutchogue, NY, 11935
Pindar Vineyards was founded in 1979 by the entrepreneurial Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos. Starting off with just 30 acres of uncultivated land in Peconic on the North Fork of Long Island, Dr. Damianos envisioned grand possibilities for his fledgling vineyard, named after the Hellenic poet from Sparta. His dream is being realized as the expanding Pindar currently encompasses nearly 550 acres of prime viticultural property, making it Long Island’s largest vineyard.
Pindar, the oldest winery on Long Island under continuous family ownership, is run by Dr. Dan and his three sons, Alex, Jason (Winemaker), and Pindar (Vineyard Manager). Pindar takes meticulous care in producing its wines and today the name has become synonymous with quality and reliability.
37645 Main Road (Route 25), Peconic, NY, 11958, (631) 734-6200
Established in 1980, Pugliese Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery. It is one of the oldest vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork. At harvest, all grapes are hand picked, and all wines are estate bottled. Especially known for their sparkling wines and ports, Pugliese Vineyards is also known for their Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio. Pat Pugliese specializes in wedding favors and is also known for her hand-painted Champagne bottles and wine glasses, which she started in 1988.
34515 Main Road (Route 25), Cutchogue, NY, 11935
Raphael was born from the vision of owner John Petrocelli Sr. of Huntington, New York, who named the winery in honor of his father. Raphael Petrocelli was an avid home winemaker, as was his father before him. John Petrocelli learned the pleasures of making wine from his father and grandfather in New York and continues the family tradition on the North Fork of Long Island. John Petrocelli is also the owner of J. Petrocelli Construction, Inc., a specialist in fine architectural design and construction. The Petrocelli family prides itself on attention to detail and fine craftsmanship.
Utilizing over 30 years of local experience, the Petrocellis have planted their estate with what they believe to be Long Island’s best wine grape varieties. As in the great European tradition, they believe quality comes from specialization and a commitment to an ideal. At Raphael, this philosophy is carried out in all aspects of the winery, from the beautiful, Mediterranean-styled building to the meticulous vineyard and the handcrafted wines. The first vines were planted in 1997 and 1998 by North Fork vineyard pioneer Stephen D. Mudd of Mudd’s Vineyard in Southold, NY. The first wine production at the new facility began with the 1999 vintage.
Located on the North Fork of Long Island, the maritime influence of the surrounding water provides a moderate climate allowing their grapes to fully ripen, achieving perfect balance, aroma, and flavor. Raphael’s philosophy is that wine is grown, not made, and combines the best of centuries-old tradition with scientific progress. Raphael wines are produced sustainably, resulting in wines that purely express their local terroir.
39390 Main Road (Route 25), Peconic, NY, 11958
Roanoke Vineyards is dedicated to making exquisitely crafted, quality wines. Their production is extremely limited, and since Roanoke wines are only available in their Tasting Room, or from their website, they have no imposed production quotas, and no obligations to distributors, restaurants, or retailers. This allows them to do their work in the vineyard and the cellar without limits on their creativity. They believe there should be no limitations when it comes to making the best wine for you.
Roanoke Vineyards is also the leader in wine-focused programming. You won’t find a seventies revival band in their Tasting Room, but what you will find are exciting events like the Winemakers’ Smackdowns, The Judgment of Riverhead, and their Winemakers’ Roundtable where you’ll meet great winemakers from around the country and get a chance to taste their 90 plus-point wines.
The New York Times wrote that “Roanoke has mastered Cabernet Franc”, and their Gabby’s Cab Franc is the highest Parker-rated Cab Franc on the Atlantic Seaboard. Their western location positions them out of the fog zone yet leaves them fully exposed to the southwesterly sea breezes, allowing them to fully ripen Cabernet Sauvignon without disease pressure. Chardonnay vines planted in 1983 repeatedly deliver extremely concentrated fruit that they use for The Wild!, their highly regarded wild ferment Chardonnay. Roanoke’s exciting red blends serve as the creative platform for winemaker Roman Roth, and these high-scoring gems have proven themselves in head-to-head tastings with great wines from California and Bordeaux.
Roanoke Vineyards can’t offer you a pony ride, but they will show you some of the best wine you’ve ever had; and they do it just for you.
3543 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY, 11901
SANNINO BELLA VITA VINEYARDS
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard is located on the North Fork in an historic barn circa the early 1900s. This casual and rustic setting is a great place to start your wine appreciation. Through education and a hands on approach, their winery is a perfect stop to enjoy along the wine trail. They have many estate wines to choose from such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Merlot, and Chardonnay. They also offer two exclusive suites on their private vineyard in Cutchogue, the only suites of this kind on a vineyard on Long Island.
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard has the first Custom Winemaker’s Center on the North Fork of Long Island. Their members have the opportunity to be part of an exciting hands-on winemaking experience. From vine to wine, they guide you through the entire winemaking process. The end result will be your own custom barrel of wine that you can share with your family and friends. They provide the equipment, knowledge and premium grapes to help you produce the best wines possible. This is a truly unique opportunity, starting in the vineyard and ending with bottling and labeling.
1375 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY, 11958
Scarola Vineyards is a small Long Island wine producer dedicated to honoring and sustaining a family tradition that began generations ago in Bari, Italy, a port city on the Adriatic Sea where their ancestors toiled as farmers and winemakers. Their wines are handcrafted with care and passion and meant to be shared with family and friends at a common table, in the Scarola family spirit of la Masseria (small family farm). Although they make only 500 cases a year–barely enough to satisfy the Scarola clan!–you can enjoy their wines at fine restaurants and wine shops in the New York City/Long Island area and by purchasing them on their site. Each bottle represents the Scarola tradition of family, friendship, and good taste.
4850 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, NY, 11952
SHERWOOD HOUSE VINEYARDS
Established in 1996, Sherwood House Vineyards is committed to the production of world-class wines using only estate-grown vinifera grapes. Owners Dr. Charles and Barbara Smithen believe that producing fine wine is a combination of passion and patience, handcrafting their wines using traditional methods combined with the latest scientific techniques. “There’s very little nature and man can do in true harmony,” says Dr. Smithen. “A vineyard is one of those things. Making wine requires both science and art to excel. Anyone can learn the science. But it’s the art, the near-intuitive understanding–the smell, sense, and feel–that makes the difference.”
Gilles Martin has been Sherwood House’s winemaker since its inception. Gilles received his Master of Oenology degree from France’s prestigious Universite Montpellier I and went on direct production at more than a dozen prominent wineries in France, South America and California before settling on Long Island in 1996. During Martin’s years as head winemaker at Delas-Freres, in France’s Rhone Valley, he directed the production of such prestigious wines as Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf du Pape, and Condrieu. While at Roederer Estate in California, Gilles trained the staff in the traditions of Methode Champenoise and helped to produce three wines rated as the best sparkling wines ever crafted outside the Champagne region. In 2011, his 2008 Sherwood House Vineyards Chardonnay received a “Best in Class” and 91 points at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, firmly cementing Sherwood House Vineyards as one of the premier producers both on Long Island and internationally.
On their 38 acre farm, the Smithens initially planted Chardonnay vines from Burgundian clones but after careful research and planning have since added Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Sherwood House currently produces a Stainless Steel Fermented (un-oaked) Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented (oaked) Chardonnay, Blanc de Blanc (sparkling), White Merlot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Bordeaux-style red blend.
Sherwood House has two tasting rooms: a small, quaint outdoor facility that sits on the vineyard property in Mattituck and a larger indoor/outdoor facility on the Main Road in Jamesport that includes a renovated 1860s farmhouse, fireplace, deck and event barn.
1921 Main Road, Jamesport, NY, 11947
SHINN ESTATE VINEYARDS
Shinn Estate Vineyards has a working philosophy of low-impact, sustainable farming. Since its first planting in 2000, husband-wife team and former restaurateurs David Page and Barbara Shinn have integrated both organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard, producing consistently balanced fruit-driven wines with long aging potential that have a distinct sense of place. The winery also offers Shinn Estate Farmhouse, the first inn on a vineyard site on Long Island. A historic homestead, Shinn Estate Farmhouse presents its guests with the tranquility of a farm environment paired with the cachet of lodging at a world class winery. North Fork-inspired breakfasts are served to overnight guests utilizing local produce, cheeses, duck, fish and shellfish.
2000 Oregon Road, Mattituck, NY, 11952
Nestled in the breezy and beautiful North Fork of Long Island, Cynthia and Tom Rosicki have dedicated Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery to estate-grown sparkling wines produced exclusively in the traditional Méthode Champenoise. Farming 40 acres of vineyard, planted only with the classic Champagne grape varietals—Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay—each Sparkling Pointe cuvée is an authentic expression of the land and the winemaker’s finesse.
The state of the art winery and grand tasting house sit at the edge of the vineyard, where French winemaker Gilles Martin, formerly of the celebrated California Roederer Estate, handcrafts the signature sparklers. The rhythmic union of personality and house style, the art of assemblage, and the pursuit of excellence are at the essence of all Sparkling Pointe Wines.
39750 Route 48, Southold, NY, 11935
Suhru Wines, established in 2008, is a family owned and operated brand. Susan Hearn, along with winemaker and husband Russell, started Suhru aiming to produce easy to drink, fruit forward, exciting wines which compliment local foods.
Winemaker Russell Hearn excels at creating fresh, innovative, and vibrant wines. His influence is drawn from over three decades of winemaking experience both internationally and on Long Island. Russell’s style showcases the unique characteristics of New York grapes. Fruit is sourced from both Long Island and the Finger Lakes in order to highlight varietals that benefit most from the unique soils and climate of each region.
Susan Hearn, originally a Physical Therapist, developed an interest in wine after meeting her husband. The two have toured wine regions all over the world, gathering knowledge and experience that is poured into every glass. Their joint passion has given rise to Suhru Wines.
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, NY, 11952
T’Jara Vineyards was born out of a vision to create world-class wines by showing the best of what Long Island has to offer. And it all starts with great fruit.
T’Jara Vineyards is located on prime farming land on the North Fork in Mattituck. From its inception, Winemaker Russell Hearn and his partner Jed Beitler had the goal of making T’Jara Vineyards to be a top fruit producer and, when the time was right, release some of the best red wines on the East End of Long Island. For over a decade, their 20 acres have supplied red vinifera to some of the top wineries on Long Island, New York, the Northeast and Canada. As they knew they would eventually be making wine from their own fruit, their philosophy has always been to “grow wine on the vine.” They employ sustainable practices, including organic composting, to the care and management of their vines.
From an exceptional 2007 growing season, Russell and Jed released their first limited production, handcrafted T’Jara wines: a Merlot and a Red Reserve Blend. And, with the 2010 vintage, they have expanded the line of T’Jara wines to include a Cab Franc and a Petit Verdot.
Enjoy the rich, supple reds of T’Jara Vineyards and see why what’s grown on the vine makes all the difference when it goes in the bottle.
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, NY, 11952
THE GRAPES OF ROTH
Experience and quality are key words in the wine world, and The Grapes of Roth wines are well versed in both. Winemaker Roman Roth’s signature label focuses on two varietals, Merlot and Riesling, and has raised the bar in both categories.
The 92 point Parker-rated Grapes of Roth Merlot has all the complexity and concentration of the great Right Bank Bordeaux wines. Lush plum and cherry fruit drive the wine on a solid structure that opens to a long and memorable finish. What differentiates this wine from other fine Merlots is the elegant illustration of terroir; the wine has a sense of place that makes it unique among celebrated reds. This is a beautiful wine.
German winemakers have a penchant for Riesling, and The Grapes of Roth is pleased to present three outstanding wines. The 2009 Grapes of Roth Riesling is perfect for any celebration, special occasion, or romantic dinner. Especially food-friendly, the wine opens with a lush apricot nose, then elegantly shows rich melon balanced by hints of flint and lime. It is a dry Riesling according to the guidelines of the International Riesling Foundation, yet is fully saturated with flavor and character. The finish is long and exotic, reminiscent of the world’s best Rieslings.
Taking it one step further is The Grapes of Roth Virgin Riesling, produced in extremely small quantities from pristine seedless berries that were hand selected in the vineyard. This time consuming process is not without reward, resulting in a remarkable wine with concentration, elegance, vibrancy, and length.
The fourth wine in The Grapes of Roth portfolio is The Nobel Roth, a Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling, which was created in pursuit of being the perfect dessert wine. The goal is lofty, but this wine exceeds all expectations. Honey, pineapple and ripe peach flavors play against hints of minerality. The wine is complex, but once in your glass it becomes a total hedonistic experience.
If you love great wine, The Grapes of Roth is an essential component in your cellar.
P.O. Box 114, Sag Harbor, NY, 11963
THE OLD FIELD VINEYARDS
The Old Field Vineyards is Long Island’s easternmost vineyard and winery on the North Fork, situated on Southold Bay of the Peconic Bays one mile east of Southold’s village center. Established in 1974, The Old Field Vineyards is Long Island’s oldest continuously run vineyard by the same family. Christian and Rosamond Baiz, along with their daughter Perry Weiss, have thoughtfully developed their vineyard and wines to be a model of “sustainable” agriculture. They grow and produce both Burgundian and Bordeaux wine grapes and wines, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Under daughter Perry’s direction, The Old Field Vineyards is adding Sauvignon Blanc to their wine grape portfolio with new plantings beginning in spring 2008.
The Old Field, an agricultural area east of Southold, was farmed by Native Americans for nearly two thousand years prior to the arrival of the “first settlers” from Europe in 1640. Since 1918, Christian Baiz’s maternal ancestors continued to farm The Old Field. At the advent of vinifera wine growing on Long Island, Christian led The Old Field’s redirection from the Long Island potato to the new agricultural paradigm of Long Island wines. Today, Ros, Perry, and Chris enjoy welcoming wine seekers to The Old Field for its wines, pastoral and maritime beauty and feathered barnyard entertainment. A visit is worth ten thousand words of enjoyment.
59600 Main Road (Route 25), Southold, NY, 11971
Vineyard 48 possesses some of the oldest grape vines on the historic North Fork of Long Island. With meticulous vineyard management and traditional wine making procedures, they produce an array of uncompromising quality and elegance.
Vineyard 48 is becoming the premium winery destination of Long Island’s North Fork.
18910 Middle Road, Cutchogue, NY, 11935
WATERS CREST WINERY
Waters Crest Winery, family-owned by Jim and Linda Waters, has been called Long Island’s premier garagiste, a term used in Bordeaux to describe a winemaker who produces small quantities of premium wines in an artisanal fashion. Beginning as an amateur winemaker and turning professional in 2001, Jim Waters has already garnered quite a reputation on the North Fork with top scores in both national and international competitions and publications. Waters carefully selects grapes from local growers, and all of the wines are hand crafted and bottled at the winery.
22355 Route 48, Unit 6, Cutchogue, NY, 11935
Owned and operated by Laura and Steve Gallagher and Barbara Perrotta of Borella’s Farms. They believe that by continuing the agricultural use of their land, they can help to retain the farming history of Long Island and preserve their family’s farming roots dating back to 1945. The family planted their first clones in 2004. Grown with a deep respect for the land, Whisper Vineyards wines reflect the soils and climate of beautiful Long Island. Whisper Vineyards wines are carefully crafted with grapes that are sustainably farmed and hand harvested–just like the vegetables at Borella’s Farm stand for over half a century. They are proud to offer their world class wines for your enjoyment. They opened their Saint James Tasting room/Wine Boutique in November 2013 for tastings, wine sales, wine gift related items and small events.
485 Edgewood Avenue, St. James, NY, 11780
Perched on a rise overlooking the lush vineyards to the east and the gently rolling Hamptons landscape to the west, Wölffer Estate Winery is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and stylish on Long Island. Rivaling European wineries, the rustic, Tuscan-style building with its warm ochre walls, houses a lavish tasting room with imported stain glass doors, an expansive portico and underneath is the state-of-the-art winery–an appropriate foundation for the world class Wölffer wines created and nurtured by winemaker Roman Roth. Known for its highly popular dry Rosé (“Summer in a Bottle”), Wölffer Estate wines embody the region and reflect a classical style of winemaking, with a rich concentration of fruit and lively acidity.
The winery’s tasting room is the site of the popular Twilight Thursdays in the spring and fall and Candlelight Fridays in the winter–both events have live music and wines by the glass. Also, located on Montauk Highway, the Wölffer Wine Stand’s Sunset Fridays are “the place to be” from 5 p.m. to sunset.
139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, NY, 11962