Long Islanders are lucky. They’re never more than an hour or so from New York City, and they are surrounded on all sides by some of the country’s best beaches. And, recently, Long Island’s wine scene has been on the receiving end of some excellent critical reception. For fans of wine, a spring day spent touring these Long Island wineries is a day well spent!
Long Island Wineries
Once a potato farm, Macari Vineyards was established in 1995. In addition to the acres upon acres of grapes grown at the vineyard, a vast range of both domestic and wild animals can be spotted on the land. The wines produced at Macari Vineyards have received numerous awards including Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Best Sauvignon Blanc of 2015. There are Macari Vineyards tasting rooms in Mattituck and Cutchogue, both of which feature artisanal cheeses and cold cooked meals.
Pindar Vineyards is at the forefront of sustainable agriculture of Long Island’s wine region. They’ve recently installed a 156-foot tall wind turbine that provides about 80 percent of the vineyard’s power. They also hold live music events, often a few times per week. You can taste their wine at either their flagship Peconic vineyard, or their Port Jefferson location, which features a full tasting bar and wine shop.
Clovis Point Wines
Clovis Point Wines in Jamesport is the site of production of many small-batch, artisanal wines that have received tons of glowing reviews from critics. Their tasting room offers a spectacular view of their vines and cornfields. In addition to serving wonderful wines, Clovis Point often hosts art exhibitions and live music events.
Mattebella Vineyards is a small, family-operated farm located in Southold, New York State’s oldest town. All of the grapes are grown with sustainable agricultural practices and harvested by hand. Wines of remarkable quality are the result. Their tasting cottage is outdoors, nestled within grapevines, rosebushes, fig trees and other gorgeously landscaped plants.
For fans of rosé, Croteaux Vineyards of Southold is like heaven. It is the only vineyard in the United States dedicated to producing rosé exclusively. Their tasting room is a cozy 1800s carriage barn, which opens up to a scenic, pebbled courtyard. It’s a wonderful place to relax and enjoy rosé done the right way.
Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards
Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards began as a small, 24-acre operation in Peconic in 1983. Throughout the years, the winery has grown to about 90 acres. Like many other Long Island wineries, they produce a vast range of wines sure to satisfy even the pickiest palate. Their tasting room, however, is different. Osprey’s Dominion offers three free barbecue stations, volleyball, bocce ball, KanJam and an outside wine bar as long as weather permits.
One of the oldest Long Island wineries, Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead helped to lay the foundation for other wine growers on the East End. At Palmer Vineyards, there are more than 90 acres of farmland on which over 20 types of grapes grow. The result is a vast range of celebrated wines, including New York State’s first Albariño.
As you’re enjoying a crisp spring day among the sprawling vineyards of Long Island, don’t get caught without a safe ride home!