New York’s Long Island is home to almost 20 lighthouses, most of them spread along the northern shore or up at the east end on the North Fork, also known as wine country! Touring the Lighthouses of Long Island Wine Country is a great and romantic getaway.
No Long Island vacation would be complete without at least some time spent investigating the wineries of the North Fork. Long Island’s North Fork is home to nearly 40 wineries and has long been considered as one of the best viticultural areas in the country.
Wineries, while one of the biggest draws to the area, are hardly the only North Fork attraction, however. Long before there were vineyards or a wine country to be enamored of, Long Island was primarily known as a port and for its abundant fishing. Consequently, the Long Island Sound shoreline is dotted with lighthouses.
Vineyards and Wineries on the North Fork of Long Island
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, the Vineyards and Wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. So when you stay at our B&B near Greenport, NY, you’ll be close to the majority of the wineries.
Far and away, the North Fork is where most Long Island wineries are clustered. The clustering 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. Many people on the East Coast still don’t realize that a tremendous wine-producing area is only a short drive away! However, wine lovers have gotten the message. The wine-making industry has grown considerably since the first winery, Hargrave Vineyards in Cutchogue, opened in 1975. It is now called The Borghese Vineyard. The Long Island Wine Region now has over 55 wineries open to the public, with 4000+ 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 country’s finest grape growing and wine producing AVAs.
Most of the acreage is 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 WinterFest, in the winter months, Summer Wine Camps, North Fork Crush in June, and Wine Spectator’s Harvest East End in September. Beyond these special events, most wineries on Long Island offer both tastings and tours. For more information about the Long Island Wine Country.
Great wines are 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 traveling very far! Our Bed and Breakfastnear Greenport is just the place to stay during your East End Long Island wineries tour.
Long Island Winterfest 2018 is just weeks away, running from February 22nd through March 18th. The mid-winter music, wine, and art festival brings a host big name musical acts and special events to Long Island’s north and south forks. Local wineries, breweries, restaurants, artists, performers, and more all get in on the act. Don’t miss it!
Long Island Winterfest is an annual, multi-week music festival featuring the best jazz, blues, soul, rock, and country music east of NYC. More than just a music festival, Winterfest is also an opportunity to sample some of Long Island’s wine and food scene. Events will be held at a variety of venues, including North Fork and South Fork vineyards and tasting rooms, craft breweries, and restaurants.
Come to Long Island’s North Fork, December 2nd and 3rd, to sample the best of the area’s fresh, local seafood, craft beer, and wine at Greenport Shellabration 2017!
Greenport Shellabration 2017 is an annual celebration of the bounty of the North Fork. This is Long Island wine country, after all – but that’s not all we’re known for! We also have a healthy craft beer community and our very history is built upon the amazing shellfish of Peconic Bay!
Looking to get out on the North Fork Wine Trail but not looking forward to the driving? Park your car and discover Long Island wineries with North Fork Trolley Wine Tours!
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!
Greenport Village on Long Island’s North Fork is a charming and beautiful destination for anyone looking to enjoy a Long Island getaway – but what to do? Let our list of the Top 10 Things To Do In Greenport Village help!
Long Island’s Greenport Village is always good for a getaway – whether it’s for an afternoon or for a week. Beyond the simple attraction of being located on Long Island, Greenport Village is smack dab in the middle of Long Island Wine Country. It would be very easy to spend a weekend just visiting vineyards – and you’d very likely still not get to them all!
Did you hear about the sighting of three beluga whales near Long Island’s North Fork last week? Pretty exciting stuff – but we see all kinds of marine life on the North Fork!
Beluga whales primarily live in arctic waters, so seeing them this far down the Atlantic coast is a rarity. There is a small community of beluga whales that call the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada home, though. There have also been several sightings of beluga whales off the Maine coast and as far south as southern New Jersey over the last decade.
Train fans and history buffs alike will enjoy a visit to either branch (or both!) of the Railroad Museum of Long Island, located in Greenport and Riverhead, NY.
It’s natural that Greenport host a branch of the Railroad Museum of Long Island as Greenport is the reason the Long Island Railroad was built in the first place! While having a railroad on Long Island would have happened sooner or later, early Greenport’s buzz of commerce made the inevitability that much more of a going concern.
Do you need take a weekend to enjoy the glorious summer weather? Have you planned a trip to the seashore of Long Island? A summer in New York is simply incomplete without a weekend on the waterfront! Long Island Weekend Getaways are just what the doctor ordered. Come and join in on our North Fork Summer Winery Events and enjoy both beautiful Long Island beaches and the best wine country on the Northern seaboard.
When you come to the North Fork, your trip is easy and simple to plan. Our bed and breakfast is within walking distance of beach access and a short drive from dozens of wineries. Along with many options for guided wine tours, the summer is a great time to check out the many outdoor, music-filled events taking place along vineyards up and down Long Island. Here are a few we are looking forward to:
North Fork Summer Winery Events
Friday Happy Hour at Raphael Vineyard and Winery, 39390 Route 25, Peconic. Stop on your way into town on Friday at the winery for live music and half price glasses of wine. 5 – 8 p.m. Bossa Nova Friday Nights at Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery, 39750 County Road 48, Southold. Live Bossa Nova music by Hypno Smoothie, accompanied by wine and tapas. Featuring local farm stand, Surrey Lane, with fresh local produce available for purchase. 6 – 8 p.m. Live Music at Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead. On Saturday August 3rd enjoy live R&B and smooth soul music from 1-5 p.m. at the Martha Clara Vineyards. Free admission – rain or shine! Live Music at Clovis Point, 1935 Main Road, Jamesport. On Sunday August 4th enjoy country & folk rock with Joe Chojnacki of The Switch from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
This list is just a small sampling of the wide array of events, music and entertainment that is available throughout North Fork Wine Country during the summer. There is something for everyone, happening all week long. Make Arbor View House your comfortable and convenient lodging choice, in the heart of Long Island wine country.
Jazz on the Vine returns as the theme for the 2013 Long Island Winterfest for the sixth consecutive year. From February 9 to March 17, ( extended to March 24 due to snow storm) visit the East End of Long Island to enjoy 6 great weekends of exceptional jazz performances in winery tasting rooms. Admission prices includes a glass of wine (in most cases) and a chance to win a gift basket of Long Island wines.
Make plans to come to Long Island Wine Country this winter! Outstanding jazz music and an array of special events and offers are sure to relieve the mid-winter doldrums.
Here are some of the upcoming events on our end of the Island: Saturday, February 9th Clovis Point (2:30 p.m.)~ The Dread Scott Trio plays Brubeck.
“The hard-swinging group never gets too deep, which might actually be a good thing: Their music has the buoyant groove of gospel and the charming shuffle of the Big Easy on parade.” -New York Magazine Pellegrini Vineyards (3 p.m.)~ David Allen Trio. Guitarist and composer Dave Allen is a distinctive voice on his instrument and is widely respected in the jazz community as both a player and a composer. He has released two critically acclaimed recordings, “Untold Stories” and “Real and Imagined” on the Fresh Sound label, which feature original music and a well-crafted group sound. Raphael (4:30 p.m.)~ Mark Portugal Quartet. Mark’s tasteful and artistic approach to the drums is evident while his ability to listen and react to his bandmates has propelled him to reach great musical heights. This past summer, Mark performed with the Bakithi Kumalo band at the ‘Joy of Jazz’ festival (Johannesburg, South Africa), opening for Monty Alexander and Kurt Elling. Waters Crest Winery (4:30 p.m.)~ Mark Elf Trio. In 1995, Elf recorded “Boppin’ at The Blue Note” with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Al Grey & Red Holloway. From 1996 to 2004 on Jen Bay Records all nine of his recordings went to #1 on National Jazz Radio Charts.
Can you believe that is just one day of music during the Long Island Winterfest? Check back for more information on the performances and make sure to book your room at the Arbor View House bed and breakfast soon!