When it comes to American wine, Long Island is often overlooked in comparison to the famously lush vineyards of Napa Valley. Although, over the years, Long Island wineries have gained a reputation for being a trendy weekend hotspot for day trips and excursions. Connoisseurs and casual fans alike should make these local vineyards a priority on all future Long Island wine tours.
The Best Vineyards to Visit for Long Island Wine Tours
Channing Daughters Winery
This Bridgehampton favorite manufactures around 14,000 cases of wine annually at their 28-acre, scenic vineyard. You can enjoy $14 per person wine flights that come with six samples with choices like Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Grigio. They might not offer any tours of their facilities, but the tasting room at Channing Daughters Winery is open all year round.
For over thirty years, the North Fork’s own Bedell Cellars has been family-owned, producing sustainably farmed wines from their vineyard in Cutchogue. In a nearly hundred-year-old renovated potato barn, their tasting room hosts daily events for visitors to indulge in Malbec, Chardonnay, Merlot, and even Rosé. Because it’s one of the oldest and best vineyards in the area, it’s recommended to make reservations ahead of time.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Out in Sagaponack, Wölffer Estate Vineyard has quickly risen to fame as the Hampton’s go-to winery and in-demand hangout spot. Aside from wine making, the 175-acre property also has a fully operational restaurant as well as stables and boarding to train horses. Indulge in some cheese or charcuterie while sampling flights from $15 to $25. Enjoy the sun setting over their immaculate vineyards with a glass of Chardonnay, Merlot, or Rosé.
Since 1978, Lenz Winery has been growing superiorly mature grapes of almost 70 different varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, their dry Gewurztraminer, Petit Verdot, and Pinot Gris. At their Peconic tasting room that’s open year-round, they offer tours, group reservations, and standard wine flights. For over $30 a bottle, you can uncork one of Lenz’s premium wines and experience an unforgettable day on Long Island’s North Fork.
Named after the town it calls home, Jamesport Vineyards operates their tasting room and winery out of a 165-year-old barn. They offer tastings, larger parties and flights throughout the week, but the best time to visit is on the weekend when there’s wood-fired flatbread pizza, lobster rolls, and live music. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Shinn Estate Vineyards
Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck is the perfect romantic getaway. Besides the 20 acres of vineyards and 125-year-old tasting barn, Shinn Estate is also the site of the Farmhouse Inn. This charming bed-and-breakfast has four cozy guest rooms. Each stay comes with a morning meal, a wine tasting, a barrel tour and a guided walk around the property.
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