You will be surprised to discover that in a two hour drive from New York City there are around 50 wineries. Even when there is only one AVA, there are two wine trails in Long Island. The same way that you find chic wine boutiques in Napa and in Sonoma you find more farm oriented wineries, and they are close to each other, Long Island has only one AVA region but in two different forks. These forks are The Hamptons and The North Fork, also known as NoFo – you got to keep up with acronyms as New Yorkers and millenials love them -.
The Hamptons AVA
This mainly covers Bridgehampton and Sagaponnack area wineries. If you drive towards Montauk you will find them. This was the first part of the Long Island wine region I discovered. While on a trip to Montauk we stopped in two of their wineries. Hamptons area wineries holds a special place in my heart. If you visit you will definitely want to schedule a trip to Montauk and some of the nearby beaches. Since is pretty close to beach houses and public beach areas, this more like a beach-town experience wine-trail-vibe.
- Duckwalk Vineyards: 231 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976
Located at Montauk Highway this is the first wine stop you should make on your way to Montauk. It gets crowded with groups but during the summer the patio and live music reserves a spot for anyone. They have also another location at NOFO. For more info check duckwalk.com
- Wölffer Estate Vineyards: 139 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack, NY 11962
Has become very popular for their great wine, amazing tasting room and avant garde wine label design. I loved their Rosé since the first sip. But since 2018 they have more than two types of Rosé, they even have Rosé magnums. All their wines are of great quality. You have to make a reservation to get a tasting here. More info at wolffer.com
- Channin Daughters Vineyard: 1927 Scuttle Hole Rd, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
I’ve tried their Rosé from Merlot at a join in Brooklyn and I got so curious about them. Finally I had the chance to visit them recently and I was so impressed by their grapes, their winemaking and the quantity of Petillant Naturels they are making. More info at channingdaughters.com
North Fork AVA
Long Island’s North Fork, stretches 23 miles from Riverhead on the one side. Greenport, on the other side, includes 39 wineries. I have not visit them all and as I visit them I will keep adding links to this blogpost.
The panorama of NoFo is completely different from the Montauk area beach vibes. There are farms all over the trail with beautiful and tasty delicacies on their flowers and fruits stands. During the fall you could find also apple cider and delicious apple doughnuts in the same farm stands. You can also enjoy delicious homemade fruit pies.
On the wineries, tasting fees range from $3 to $6 per wine tasting, although there are exceptions to this rule. Most of them offer cheese and other delicacies, but do not expect a wine and cheese pairing yet. I will definitely recommend you to take a tour to visit more of them if you are visiting the area. If you live in New York visit them slowly, each winery has a lot to offer and winemakers are usually available in the tasting rooms so your experience can definitely be more rewarding. Here are some of the wineries I recommend you to visit and I hope that at some point and in subsequent posts I will tell you more about them.
- RGNY. Read the complete post about the winery that we recommend the most to visit in the North Fork here.
- Bridge Lane Vineyards: 35 Cox Neck Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952
- Palmer Vineyards: 5120 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
- Martha Clara Vineyards: 6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
- Clovis Point: 1935 NY-25, Laurel, NY 11948
- Laurel Vineyards: 3165 Main Rd, Laurel, NY 11948
- Paumanok Vineyards: 1074 Main Rd, Aquebogue, NY 11931
- Shinn EstateVineyards: 2000 Oregon Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952
- McCari Vineyards: 150 Bergen Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952
- McCall Vineyards: 22600 NY-25, Cutchogue, NY 11935
- Pellegrini Vineyards: 23005 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935