Yes, the Hamptons on the South Fork of Long Island has those beautiful white sand beaches while our lovely North Fork beaches are pebbly. It’s true. But if you love to be where the wine is, find your Long Island Wine Country lodging at our North Fork bed and breakfast…
Far and away, the majority of Long Island wineries are clustered on the North Fork. This is partly because of the sunny yet protected maritime climate. The glacial soils also drain well while providing enough nutrients and moisture for the vines. A lot of people on the East Coast still don’t realize that a great wine producing area is only a short drive away! However, wine aficionados have gotten the message. The winemaking industry has grown considerably since the first winery, Hargrave Vineyards in Cutchogue, opened in 1975. The Long Island Wine Region now has 42 wineries open to the public overall, with 3000 acres of vines. The American Viticultural Areas of Long Island–North Fork of Long Island, The Hamptons and Long Island–are recognized as some of the finest grape growing and wine producing AVAs in the country.
Most of the acreage is planted with vinifera grapes. The main varietals are merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, but others include chenin blanc, dolcetto, gewurztraminer, lemberger, malbec, petit verdot, pinot blanc, pinot gris, pinot noir, riesling, sangiovese, sauvignon blanc, semillon, syrah, tocai friulano, and viognier.
The wineries of Long Island frequently have events throughout the year such as Summer Wine Camps and Wine Spectator’s Harvest East End 2012 coming up on August 25th. Beyond these special events, most wineries of Long Island offer both tastings and tours. For more information about the Long Island Wine Country, visit LIwines.com.
Great wines are being produced only a short drive from New York City and other major East Coast cities. Come to Long Island’s North Fork and experience some of the best wines in the U.S. without having to travel very far! Our B&B near Greenport is just the place to stay during your tour of the East End Long Island wineries.