The air is full of the sounds of live music, the smells of dining alfresco and the sights of vines. It’s springtime on Long Island and there’s no place better to spend a lazy day than at a vineyard. For more than 20 years M&V Limo has run vineyard tours, bringing visitors and locals alike to 3-4 vineyards during a 7-hour day. Here are some of their must-visit vineyards.
Head out east and imbibe.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Calverton
A country-style home with pillars and a red brick walkway with delicate flowers welcome visitors to Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard. Inside the cozy tasting room, sip the award-winning reds, whites and rosés but make sure to head back outside. Tucked past the picnic tables and large tents is a horse haven, where you can visit with rescue horses and tour the paddocks before stocking up on your favorite bottle from the tasting. Go.
Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead
If you only visit one vineyard on Long Island, make it Martha Clara. There are the weekly events, the petting zoo, the horse and carriage rides and of course the wine. Give the rose trend a try, or if pink wine isn’t your thing the Rieslings and Gewurztraminer are light and refreshing on a spring day. And don’t forget to bring your four-legged best friend. Go.
Lenz Winery, Peconic
One of the smaller wineries, Lenz is both rustic and modern. Take a seat at the long bar in the tasting room or settle into an outdoor table. Tasting flights including whites, reds and even sparkling and we bet you won’t be able to leave without buying at least one bottle. Don’t drink and run though, you’ll want to linger as musicians play. Go.
Raphael Winery, Peconic
Walking into Raphael Winery feels like stepping into a centuries-old Italian monastery. Chandeliers hang from the high ceilings, candle scones line the walls and white lights around the tasting bar give a chic feel. Taste one of the crowd-pleasing Merlots or a Pinot Noir Rose with notes of watermelon. Go.
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