Sunshine and Award-Winning Wine

marcari vineyards is home to 200 acres of vines in mattituck and 20 in cutchogue
get some sun as you sip an award-winning vintage
the early wine chardonnay is made exclusively from early harvest and tastes like "big girl apple juice," as one person described it
Macari's interior is rustic and colorful
enjoy the outdoors but get away from the sun on the covered deck
the 2013 sauvignon blanc scored 90 points for wine and spirits magazine

It’s a cloudy Thursday as I drive to Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, but as I pull into the gravel parking lot, the sun peaks out and shines across the beautiful property.

The Macari family has owned the waterfront estate for more than 50 years, but Joseph and Katherine Macari and son, Joseph Macari, Jr. didn’t establish Macari Vineyards until 1995. Now in the capable handsĀ of Joseph, Jr. and his wife, Alexandra, Macari Vineyards spans 200 acres of vines in Mattituck. In June 2009, the family opened a second tasting room in Cutchogue, which added 20 acres of vines.

There’s the requisite outdoor seating, which people lucky enough to have Thursday off from work take full advantage of as they notice the sun has come out. The tasting room is large and a perfect mix of vintage and modern. The flags behind the bar and yellow accent wall give it a pop of color, and the barrels and large and wooden chandeliers and furniture are a nod to the past.

The dynamic duo of Kelly Urbanik and Helmut Gangl have produced award-winning and crowd-pleasing wines. Don’t leave without trying the 2010 Cabernet Franc, which was named Best Red for New York State at the New York Wine and Food Classic, or the much-lovedĀ red blend 2010 Bergen Red.

Unwind with a glass of wine (or two) and great music when Macari hosts Friday Night Jazz July 31 in Mattituck. Catch Macardi at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks Saturday, July 18.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.