If you plan to visit Long Island vineyards, make sure to add Martha Clara’s Vineyard to your list. Martha Clara’s Vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island was purchased by the Entenmann’s family in 1978 and was originally a potato farm. In 1995, they caught the “grape bug” and planted 18 acres of vitis vinifera grapes and they haven’t looked back since. Over the next four years, they expanded to over 100 acres of growing grapes and the vineyard is just lovely.
In addition to growing grapes, Martha Clara’s Vineyard has a variety of activities that are just perfect for a romantic getaway to the wine country of Long Island. Horse drawn carriage tours and wine tastings are available on an ongoing basis. The August and September calendar of events are chock full and are as follows:
Sunday, 8/8 – 2-5 PM live music with George Tebbitt
Saturday, 8/14 – 2-5 PM pizza making demo with Scotto’s and live music with Barry Waller; 2-6 PM North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival
Sunday, 8/15 – 1-4:30 PM tapas with Tapas Nouveaus; 2-5 PM live music with East End Trio
Saturday, 8/21 – 12-5 PM R&R BBQ; 8 PM Long Island Comedy Festival
Sunday, 8/22 – 2-5 PM live music with Bob Blatchley
Saturday, 8/28 – 11 AM Vines & Canines Vineyard Walk; 2-5 PM live music with Big River Ransom; 7 PM Sunset Sails Wine Cruise
Sunday, 8/29 – 2-5 PM live music with Todd Grossman
Saturday, 9/4 – 12-5 PM Scotto’s pizza making; 2-5 PM live music with East End Trip
Sunday, 9/5 – 12-5 PM R&R BBQ; 2-5 PM live music with Nina Et Cetera
Saturday & Sunday, 9/11 & 9/12 – 1-5 PM Oktoberfest!
Saturday, 9/18 – 2-5 PM live music with Keith Maguire
Sunday, 9/19 – 12-5 PM NOFO oysters; 2-5 PM live music with Exit 70
Thursday, 9/23-26 – Wally Airstream Show
Sunday, 9/26 – 12-4 PM BMW Car Show; Tapas with Tapas Nouveaux; live music with Albert Del Rio
This all sounds like fun to me!