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Long Island Wine Country is the perfect summer playground for the discerning vacationer. The weather is fantastic, the people warm and friendly, and there are lots of vineyards to visit!
Long Island’s North Fork is home to nearly 40 wineries that are open to the public. The area has long been considered as one of the best viticultural areas in the country. A taste of any of our local wines will bear that truth out!
Kontokosta Winery in Greenport Village is the only winery on Long Island’s North Fork to offer both a tasting room and a waterfront location. If that doesn’t entice you, how about their impressive selection of award-winning wines?
Kontokosta Winery opened its tasting room doors to the public in summer of 2013 but has been producing wines since 2006. The 62-acre property overlooks Long Island Sound. The winery shares this enviable view with visitors who stop by for a taste and a nosh or maybe a bottle or two.
You’ve survived the holidays and now it’s time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation to kick off the New Year right – but what to do? How about a Long Island Wine Country getaway?
You might think winery tours and tastings are an activity more suited to warmer times of the year. Let’s face it: a glass of wine with friends is fine whenever it happens. Besides, enjoying a glass of wine while snuggled up next to a crackling fire? That sounds even better, somehow doesn’t it?
This is the final installment in our series on self-guided winery touring in the North Fork of Long Island, which we call the North Fork Winery Tour, Part IV. Can you believe that within only 15 miles of our Bed and Breakfast-Arbor View House, there are more than twice as many wineries? Here, we will tackle the last few on our route.
Power culinary couple Barbara Shinn and David Page made this winery their home after starting one of the first farm to table restaurants on the East Coast and having great success with a brewery and cookbook. Now, they have one of the only wineries on the East coast powered solely by alternative (mostly solar) energy. The tasting room is open Sunday thru Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and stay open until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Head back towards Middle Road and take it through the town of Mattuck. Just Southwest of town, three and a half acres of Merlot grow exceptionally well in this small micro-climate. Founded in 2003 on a ‘gentleman’s farm,’ all fruit is hand-picked and sorted and aged in French oak for 18 months. The video below depicts a fundraising event that took place there.
18. Laurel Lake Vineyards, 3165 Main Rd, Laurel:
Head back down to Route 25 and a little over a mile down is Laurel Lake Vineyards. The winery boasts a colonial style building where tastings take place, filled with period antiques. A large two-story deck is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while over looking the bucolic beauty of the agricultural North Fork of Long Island. The tasting room is open year round, seven days a week.
19. Macari Vineyards & Winery, 150 Bergen Avenue, Mattituck:
While the vineyard was established in 1995, the property has belonged to the Macari family for over 50 years and would not be a complete North Fork Winery Tour, Part IV without this amazing winery. They produce a wide selection of varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Cobernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Meunier and others. Along with wines, the 500 acre property also boasts diverse livestock, including Longhorn cattle, Spanish goats, horses and more. The tasting room is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Our last two blog posts have outlined a suggested route for visiting wineries in the North Fork of Long Island, with the starting point being our Bed and Breakfast in East Marion. We continue that tour in this blog, as part 3.
11. Peconic Bay Winery, 31320 Main Rd, Cutchogue: If you were just at the lovely LIEB Winery tasting room on Oregon Rd., cross Middle Road on Cox Ln back to Main Road (Rte. 25) and keep heading Southwest on Main road about a third mile. The Peconic Bay Winery is a bit of rural heaven on Long Island. Check for live music and events at the winery.
12. Castello di Borghese Vineyard, 17150 County Road 48, Cutchogue: A mile down Rte. 25, turn up Alvahs Rd to get back on Middle Road. Just to the right will be Castello di Borghese, voted the Best Winery in Long Island by editors at the Long Island Press. Pinor Noir and Sauvignan Blanc are their signature varietals.
13. McCall Wines, 22600 New York 25, Cutchogue: Although the McCall family has grown grapes on the North Fork for over 14 years, 2007 was the first year they considered the vintage to be truly great and put it on the market. They make Pinot Noir and Merlot.
14. Pellegrini Vineyards, 23005 Main Rd, Cutchogue: Just next door to McCall Wines is Pellegrini Vineyards, where wine tastings can be enjoyed in the tasting room or on the courtyard seven days a week.
15. Sherwood House Vineyards, 2600 Oregon Rd, Mattituck: Enjoy traditional French style wines here at the Outdoor Tasting Stand and Gardens located right next to the vineyard, with picnic tables and fire pits.
Lodging for a North Fork Wine Weekend
The Arbor View Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place for you to call home while you are exploring the North Fork of Long Island. We offer full three course breakfasts, heavenly beds, great concierge service and a clean, comfortable house.
Come back next week for the conclusion of our Winery Tour Route!
Last post, we began a route for a self guided tour of North Fork wineries, with the starting point being our bed and breakfast. We continue that tour below.
6. Corey Creek, 45470 Rte. 25 Southhold. Only a quarter mile down Route 25 (Main Rd.) you will take a left down a driveway about 500 ft. long. Corey Creek are the vineyards for Bedell Cellars. This winery is a 30-year-old sustainably farmed and family owned estate vineyard and winery making some of the most critically acclaimed wines from the North Fork of Long Island. Tasting room is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7. Raphael, 39390 Rte 25 Pectonic. One mile down the road and on the left will be Raphael. Along with happy hours and live music, Raphael creates ripe, fruit-driven wines that exhibit a marriage of depth, finesse, elegance, and balance. They also offer tours of the vineyard and production facility.
8. Pindar Vineyards, 37645 Rte. 25, Pectonic. Only a half mile down the road, come to Pindar Vineyards. Today Pindar Vineyards produces 70,000 cases of wine a year, making them the largest vineyard on Long Island. The vineyard encompasses more than 500 scenic acres where 17 varieties of grapes are grown and crafted into some 23 varietals and proprietary blends.
9. Pugliese Vineyards, 34515 Main Rd (Rte. 25), Cutchogue. Featuring many estate bottled wines, champagnes & ports. Opened in 1980, Pugliese Vineyard is a family business. Tasting room open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10. LIEB Cellars, Oregon Rd., Cutchogue. Our last winery for this post brings us back to the North side of the Peninsula to LIEB Cellars. This tasting room is their second on Long Island. Situated across from an expansive sunflower field, Lieb Cellars on Oregon Road offers beautiful views as well as piano music on weekends and hors d’oevres made by In-house Epicurian, Alicia Valle, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Alicia prepares fresh, seasonal bites from local purveyors. Menus are created each week, and wine pairings are suggested. Open every day from noon to 7 p.m.
Come back next week for more North Fork Wineries! Can you believe we’ve only worked our way through about half of the wine growing region of Long Island?
In this post, we are going to give you a list of the wineries closest to our Long Island Bed and Breakfast in East Marion for your Self Guided North Fork Winery Tour. Take your bike or rent one, get a designated diver or hire a limo or driver for a wine tasting tour you won’t forget.
Kontokosta Winery North Road, Greenport, NY:
This winery is less than two mile from us. It is spectacular in that you have magnificent view of the sound. As they say “Sound Mind, Sound Wine”. The Tasting Room is open Sunday, Monday & Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday & Saturday 11a to 6p. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday, Limousines, buses and vans are not permitted. Trained, leashed Service Dogs are welcome; however, pets are not permitted.
2. Old Field Vineyards, 59600 New York 25 Southold:
Six miles south of the B&B is the Old Field, a family owned and operated winery open since 1974. Open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Spring.
3. One Woman Vineyards, 5195 Old North Rd. Southold:
On the other side of the island, about four miles, is One Woman Wines and Vineyards. Owner Claudia Purita planted the majority of her plants by hand and continues a tradition of sustainability and self-reliance. Open Monday through Thursday 12 – 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday 12 – 6 pm.
4. Sparkling Pointe, 39750 County Road 48 Southold:
Down Route 48 about two and half miles is Sparkling Pointe – a sparkling wine and Champagne vineyard and winery. The tasting house is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5. Mattebella Vineyards, 46005 Rte 25 Southold:
Now the wineries are going to start being even closer together. Two miles away you’ll arrive at Mattebella Vineyard, another family winery where the vast majority of harvesting is done the old fashioned way, by hand. Tasting Cottage open Wednesday through Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and sometimes later).
6. Duckwalk Vineyards, 44535 Main Rd. Southold.
Only a quarter mile down Main Rd. from Mattebella is Duck Walk. Voted one of 2013’s best of Long Island, founder Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos helped start the Long Island wine industry in the early 1980’s. Tasting room open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Arbor View House B&B is Your Starting Point for a Self Guided North Fork Winery Tour.
Whether you are exploring Long Island wineries, relaxing on the beach and soaking up some rays, or interested the wide array of shopping, dining and art on Long Island, we can help you plan an unforgettable trip.
Check our next blog for the continuation of the North Fork winery tour guided or not..
If you are planning a trip to New York City, make sure you take a day or two to get out of the urban metropolis and visit the beautiful North End of Long Island. You can drive here in less than two hours (if you time it to avoid rush hour). You can also take the Long Island Rail Road. Greenport is the last stop and where you want to get off!
We would recommend you stay for at least one night, if not two, so you can enjoy multiple aspects of the North Fork. So the first thing to take care of is reserving yourself a room in our romantic North Fork bed and breakfast.
North Fork Wine Tours
Next for your North Fork weekend should be winery tours. If you have a car with you on the island, it is easy to transport yourself from one winery to the next in our small grape-growing region. However, if you took the train or would rather leave the driving to someone else, there are lots of tour companies that will provide not only transportation but fascinating information and insight on the Long Island wine scene. One such group is Vintage Tours, but there are others. When you make your reservations, let us know what kind of experience you are looking for and we can help you make the arrangements. Even if you would prefer a chartered car to set your own route and pace, that can be arranged.
North Fork Beaches
There are miles of glorious beaches in North Fork. Surrounded by the Peconic Bay and the Long Island Sound, you should leave yourself time for a beach picnic, bike ride or fishing trip. To enjoy many of the beaches, your car must display a valid parking permit. When in doubt, check with us and heed to the posted signs.
Check back for our next blog post all about North Beaches and our favorites!